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    Aerator DIY help with slick supplies

    Hi, I'm trying to build my own Aerator to begin adding borax...

    I've got everything on hand I need, Borax, M-Acid, but no aerator...and I get it that lots of tiny bubbles breaking the surface is what I want to lower TA after lowering PH first with M-acid.

    Looks like everyone just builds a DIY PVC aerator and screws into their return...

    however, my returns are just cutoff pipes...the 20 year old pool does not have returns that I can screw anything into them...

    How can I do the DIY PVC aerator with this setup?

    I've already got the pump on high to max aeration that way...and I have no jets or spa fountains, etc, so aeration will need to come from an outside source.

    Is there another way to do aeration without messing with the return?
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    Re: Aerator DIY help with slick supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by mrswhitsie View Post
    Hi, I'm trying to build my own Aerator to begin adding borax...

    I've got everything on hand I need, Borax, M-Acid, but no aerator...and I get it that lots of tiny bubbles breaking the surface is what I want to lower TA after lowering PH first with M-acid.

    Looks like everyone just builds a DIY PVC aerator and screws into their return...

    however, my returns are just cutoff pipes...the 20 year old pool does not have returns that I can screw anything into them...

    How can I do the DIY PVC aerator with this setup?

    I've already got the pump on high to max aeration that way...and I have no jets or spa fountains, etc, so aeration will need to come from an outside source.

    Is there another way to do aeration without messing with the return?
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    Re: Aerator DIY help with slick supplies

    Maybe, just maybe if you can get the end of some tubing (1/4" or smaller) posistioned next to the return or partially in the flow of the return, the force of the water coming out will suck air through the tubing (venturi effect). I dont know how you would hold it there but may be worth a shot to see if it works. You can get clear tubing from Lowes pretty cheap.
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    Re: Aerator DIY help with slick supplies

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    Re: Aerator DIY help with slick supplies

    If you can hold a length of 3/4 or 1/2" PVC at a 90 degree angle to your return, you should be able to get it to suck the air out of the pipe if it's at the perfect angle and height. Once you find it, secure the pipe to the decking somehow. You'll have bubbles galore.
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