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    Hose bib on return side???

    Love the site. Haven't had a reason to post until now. I'm re-doing all plumbing on my set up. I have seen some people put hose bibs on the return side of their pump, but can't for the life of me find what for? Thanks for any wisdom.

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    Re: Hose bib on return side???

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Can be used to drain water off if you get a lot of rain.
    Or hook a hose to it and spray everyone in the pool
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    Hose bib on return side???

    PBs typically install them at the time of pressure testing and then leave them in for the customer if they want.

    Agree with jblizzle, they are very useful for slow draining excess water without having to involve the filter.

    Just put a T-connector right above the pressure side of the pool pump and glue on an NPT threaded adaptor. Then screw the spigot on there.


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    Re: Hose bib on return side???

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Can be used to drain water off if you get a lot of rain.
    Or hook a hose to it and spray everyone in the pool
    +1

    My setup has 4 pumps, and I have one of these things on each. I've never used them. I imagine one could crack them open when the pump is priming to allow the air to escape the system before entering the filter, but I'm not sure what the benefit might be. I vote for spraying everyone in the pool.
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    Re: Hose bib on return side???

    Easiest way to do a partial drain to reduce CH buildup. The garden hose screws right on and a lawn sprinkler will screw to that.
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    Re: Hose bib on return side???

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Easiest way to do a partial drain to reduce CH buildup. The garden hose screws right on and a lawn sprinkler will screw to that.
    Hahaha....except don't let those CA regulators see you doing it, you'll get cuffed and hauled off for water abuse


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    Re: Hose bib on return side???

    Holy cow!! You guys are fast. Usually I'll post on a forum and get a response 12 hours later! I'll just add one, cheap enough. I'm still really not sure what I'll use it for, lol....

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