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    running the pump

    Hi there,

    Newbie here with an older gunnite pool. I'm wondering if I need to run the pump day and night or if I can get away with something less. Do I need a check valve in line to shut the pump off for extended times or should it prime itself again?

    3/4 hp pump, sand filter.

    Thanks,

    Captain Canada
    Captain Canada
    In ground gunnite pool
    size TBD, possibly 147,000 litres, a little under 20X40

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    Re: running the pump

    Hi Captain,
    Welcome to TFP.

    To answer your quetion, NO, you dont have to run the pump day and night. You only need to run it enough to skim the water. If you have a saltwater generator, then you'll also have to factor in how long you need to run it to make enough chlorine.

    In ground pool pumps are self priming. They should not need a check valve.

    here is a handy write up about pump run times.
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...-pump-run-time




    Quote Originally Posted by captain canada View Post
    Hi there,

    Newbie here with an older gunnite pool. I'm wondering if I need to run the pump day and night or if I can get away with something less. Do I need a check valve in line to shut the pump off for extended times or should it prime itself again?

    3/4 hp pump, sand filter.

    Thanks,

    Captain Canada
    Divin Dave,
    IG Vinyl, 15' x 30', 3 1/2' - 6' deep, Oval, ~15K gal, Intelliclor IC40, Intelliflo VS pump, Clean and Clear 420 Filter, auto-fill-disabled, Retrofit LED Color Light, Dolphin Nautilus Robot, TF100 Test Kit, Taylor K1766 Salt Test Kit, Tftestkit Pressure Gauge.
    www.tftestkits.net Experience- it's what's learned just after you needed it most !!

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    Re: running the pump

    Welcome to TFP!
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