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    How far can I put myy pump from my pool?

    I have a 5000gal pool and a 1/3hp pump and sand filter. If I plumb with 2in PVC how far away can I place the pump without having an issue with head pressure becoming an issue?
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    Re: How far can I put myy pump from my pool?

    A few houses down.
    Maybe a slight exaggeration, but straight 2" PVC adds very little head loss.
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    Re: How far can I put myy pump from my pool?

    50 feet is fine. 100 feet will have a noticeable impact, but isn't a problem. 150 feet is likely to cause minor issues. You can go further than that if you up size the pump, but it isn't usually worth it.
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    Re: How far can I put myy pump from my pool?

    What matters most with plumbing and pump size is vertical lift and 45/90 degree bends in the plumbing. Straight pipe length within a few feet of vertical has very little impact to water flow rates.
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    Re: How far can I put myy pump from my pool?

    Thanks! I didn't think it would make much difference. I just wanted the pump and filter close to the garage so no extension cords.
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    Re: How far can I put myy pump from my pool?

    100' of 2" PVC has the equivalent head loss of a 1' vertical rise. And even that is at a 20gpm flow rate. Less flow and it's much smaller. That's it. By comparison, a 2" 90 deg elbow is the equivalent of a .1' vertical rise. Put it this way, 5 elbows is the same as 50' of straight pipe. Straight is good, lol...

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