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    Pump not priming

    You said after the pump. So this is a jandy valve on the return side?
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    Pump not priming solved! Cause: LEAK ON THE RETURN SIDE

    No I didn't. It's no use because the basket will not fill up completely. There is no check valve so water keeps falling back into the pool
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    Pump not priming solved! Cause: LEAK ON THE RETURN SIDE

    Yeah it did however it was never able to rid itself of the air. I don't have a check valve on the auction side so I can never prime the pump basket with water before starting the pump. Now it can rid itself of the air during when the pump starts with its priming program (3400 rpm). Before it...
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    Pump not priming solved! Cause: LEAK ON THE RETURN SIDE

    Yeah. That's what was everyone told me on this forum. It makes sense in general that the return side has no effect, but perhaps in certain situations it can affect it. All the changes I listed I did weeks apart. I could never solve this problem for months. The last change, changing the...
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    Pump not priming solved! Cause: LEAK ON THE RETURN SIDE

    I was told a return side leak could never cause a pump to not prime. I tried everything else until today when I finally fixed it! Short story: My basket was full of air. The skimmer was pulling in water very slowly. Despite the pressure being high (30 PSI when running at 3300 RPM) on the...
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    Lack of water pressure in the pressure relief valve. Possible problem?

    So water is not supposed to squirt out strongly? I thought it was supposed to. I will get a picture of the valve. 22.5 PSI at 3400 RPM when I just cleaned my filter and recharged and the pump is priming. However, now the filter has been cleaning for a while and it's at 30 PSI at 3400 RPM...
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    Lack of water pressure in the pressure relief valve. Possible problem?

    I unscrewed the valve completely and took it out. I didn't see any clog.
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    How to determine proper RPM for VS pump

    Is there some sort of ballpark guide for pool size, fitting size, pump, etc. to determine this?
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    Suction side leak only when filter is active?

    I have a question. Trying to learn about pools--commenters in this thread are talking about the appropriate pressure, but doesn't PSI depend on what RPM he is running?
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    Lack of water pressure in the pressure relief valve. Possible problem?

    When I first got the pool, during priming at 3400 RPM, if I opened the filter pressure relief valve water would shoot out pretty far. Now it only dribbles out when running at the same RPM. Im thinking this might point to a leak in some seal in the filter. Any thoughts?
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    Could never achieve prime and some basic questions.

    Oh there is one more issue I forgot to mention. I don't know if there is a problem but I know the situation is different now. When I first got the pool, during priming at 3400 RPM, if I opened the filter pressure relief valve water would shoot out pretty far. Now it only dribbles out. Im...
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    Could never achieve prime and some basic questions.

    Is a VS pump more prone to air in the pump strainer basket as opposed to non-VS pumps? Why would running a pump for a long time create a large ring? Doesn't that indicate a suction side air leak?
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    Could never achieve prime and some basic questions.

    3 of the returns are near the surface of the water and are in the same general direction--an acute angle with respect to the pool wall . The other return is much deeper and points perpendicular to the wall. I think I mentioned it in a previous post, but this is why when I set the jandy valve...
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    Could never achieve prime and some basic questions.

    In addition to a large air pocket in my pump, I was saying there are also bubbles coming out of my returns. I don't think so. If it is, it is not very much.
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    Broken pipe to vacuum port

    So after seeing the large price tag on the robots, I was wondering what is better about the robot vs a suction side vacuum cleaner? And what the difference in performance between a suction side vacuum cleaner and a pressure cleaner?
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    Could never achieve prime and some basic questions.

    What is "calving"? I can run all four at the same time. There is a jandy valve that lets me use all 4 or two at a time and everything in between. If I run just one set of the two the water in the pool circulates in a clockwise circle and I get good skimmer action. So much that my floating...
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    Could never achieve prime and some basic questions.

    I was chasing an air leak on the suction side based on what the guy at the pool store told me regarding the pump dropping to half when the vacuum was attached and running at 3000 rpm. Add to that some videos on Youtube say that pumps should be filled completely to the top and have zero bubbles...
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    Broken pipe to vacuum port

    I was just about to edit my post upon learning more about the robot. This does look like a better option. Thanks
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    Could never achieve prime and some basic questions.

    What is the purpose of the main drain? I've attached some images. Two images are of the mysterious hole in the side of the wall, one is a closer up view the other is a far away shot so you get a feel of its position. The other image is my setup. I never run the booster pump in fact I think...
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    Broken pipe to vacuum port

    Oh yes. I have one of these, but it is "The Pool Cleaner". I had some issues with it. It seemed to kind of just get stuck in the deep end.
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    Broken pipe to vacuum port

    Could you give me an example of this robot?
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    Broken pipe to vacuum port

    Actually I am not sure! I never heard of a pressure cleaner line and only a vacuum port, so I thought that was it. I do have a booster pump in the system, is that used for this? Would the pressure cleaner port would be used for something like this...
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    Could never achieve prime and some basic questions.

    Hey Jim, Thanks for the reply. I will get pictures tomorrow of the equipment pad, the hole, and the pump lid as it's running. I am not at the house, but for now I can tell you yes I have a variable speed pump. Here is what I know: Pump: Hayward SP3200DR Filter: Hayward DE 48 sq ft filter...
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    Could never achieve prime and some basic questions.

    Ever since I came into possession of this pool it has had issues. Several, in fact. Let me give some background first. Background: 1. From day one there were small air bubbles in the pool pump, although the water level at the top 2. My pool setup has a Jandy valve to dictate which of my 4...
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    Broken pipe to vacuum port

    While doing remodeling I had some of the concrete patio around the pool removed. During this process the PVC pipe for the vacuum port was cracked. It got cracked right next to the edge as it stuck out of the concrete pool form, giving no surface to glue in a union piece to repair. The pipe is...