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    Direction of returns

    I'm not exactly sure where to put this thread, but hopefully those in the know can help...

    I have one skimmer but 5 returns. 2 on either side of the stairs, 1 more in the shallow end, 1 mid pool, and 1 in the deep end just opposite the skimmer. Question: What is the direction they should all be facing for optimal circulation and filtering. Below is shot of my pool. Currently they all shooting more or less straight out or down, except for the deep end. Does it matter?

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    Re: Direction of returns

    Your goal is to get the debris on the surface to the skimmer. The easiest thing to try, is to point them all to the left, or to the right. Try to get a clockwise or counter clockwise circulation going, to see which one makes debris go best to the skimmer. Just a guess, I would try point them all to the right and create counter clockwise first.
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    Re: Direction of returns

    Yep, Yev has the right idea. Try it one way and see if stuff gets sucked into the skimmer. If not, try the other way. Counterclockwise does look like the best option to start with.
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    Re: Direction of returns

    I agree with what was said above, but I'd like to comment on the jets at the stairs. I'm guessing they are actually in the sides of fiberglass stairs. If that is the case, it might be beneficial to aim one of them into the stairs. Stairs can be a dead spot for circulation sometimes and pointing a jet in will keep debris from settling on the steps.

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    Re: Direction of returns

    Once you point them all in the same direction, drop some packing peanuts in the pool to watch your circulation pattern. You want to avoid "dead spots" in the pool so you may have to readjust some or all of them a bit.
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    Re: Direction of returns

    Thanks for the advice. I will play around with them when I get home from work.
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    Re: Direction of returns

    Darn that thing called work! Don't they know you have a pool to play with! LOL Oh wait it is work that helps pay for the pool--------guess you better keep going.

    I like to use ping pong balls as they are easy to buy. I use blue ones. OH and the cats love to watch them go around the pool too!

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    Re: Direction of returns

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    Darn that thing called work! Don't they know you have a pool to play with! LOL Oh wait it is work that helps pay for the pool--------guess you better keep going.

    I like to use ping pong balls as they are easy to buy. I use blue ones. OH and the cats love to watch them go around the pool too!

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    Re: Direction of returns

    Chris, You will NEVER look at another pool the same again. There are VERY few that will meet our standards!

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