1. matthewsunshineflorida

    SOLVED: Venturi tees are restrictive | Heater bypass next!

    SOLVED: Venturi tees are restrictive TLDR: At 1250 and 3450 RPM, I get 30 and 60 GPM in Spa mode (6 returns), but 45 and 105 GPM in Pool mode (3 returns), measured via a FlowVis...
  2. F

    Need help critiquing poor plumbing to PB

    I’ve been reading and following TFP articles and members for over 2 years now. This has helped tremendously in understanding terminology, engineering, and best practices in pool construction. However, I am now smack dab in the middle of construction and in a bit of a hard spot… The original...
  3. BenTX

    Replacing my Hayward Northstar pump, filter, and re-plumbing

    Hey TFP, glad to find such a knowledgeable community. Been researching for the past week and had a few quotes built to replace my filter, plumbing and pump. Not to keen on the prices I am a big diyer so planning on doing this myself. You can see what equipment I have in my signature and a...
  4. aerospa

    What Valves for Future Automation

    I'm replumbing my equipment pad myself in two stages. First I'll replace the pump and filter, and I will make significant changes to the routing of all the plumbing at the pad; second I will add an IntelliCenter automation controller. What valves should I install if automation is imminently in...
  5. S

    Tri-Clover / Tri-Clamp Fittings

    I have some re-plumbing to do. With the rise in Home brewing, 304 Stainless Steel Tri-clover fittings have gotten to be reasonably priced. I have had issues with unions over time, and wondering if the Tri-clover fitting may make a suitable replacement. With (2) 2" Female npt to Tri-Clamp...
  6. M

    Where to buy quality valves

    I have 1.5 inch plumbing and I’m going to be replumbing some of my equipment in the spring when I get a new SWG and VSP. Since I’m going through the trouble I was thinking I may want to revamp all the plumbing. I’ll attach a picture but on the suction side I have 3 ball valves and I know at...
  7. Geophffrey

    Pool Overflow screen to prevent clogging

    Hey everyone! I’m new to pool ownership and it’s been raining a lot lately. I notice that my overflow is always clogged (blossoms from a tree, June bugs head first in the pipe stuck). I keep having to use a hose to flush it out. Does anyone know of a simple product I can put on this...
  8. K

    Plumbing Concerns with New Pool+Spa Build

    We are in the middle of a new pool and spa build. I found out that the plumber has never done a spa before and I think I may have found some problems. I am hoping to get some advice and find out of these are things I need to do something about. The pool equipment is about 65' from the spa. They...
  9. J

    Re-routing softened house water to faucet (Any plumbers out there?)

    So my well water has a CH of 350 to 375, therefore my pool now has a CH of 675 after being in service since September. My pool fill is attached to my faucet, and my faucets are bypassed and don't go through my water softener. My plumbing is PEX and runs in the attic. I was contemplating...
  10. S

    Plumbing disconnected

    Hi all, I had an emergency today. The pipe running from the pump to the filter dislodged itself while the pool pump was running (see attached photos). I was not at home since I had just moved out this past Saturday (7/16), so the home was vacant (tenant hasn’t moved in yet). Luckily, my...
  11. G

    Leak during pressure test - is this acceptable?

    Hello! Looking for some help regarding expected PSI changes under a manifold. We are building a new pool and in the plumbing stage. The plumbing is all in place (connected to filter/pump) and we passed the city inspection. One thing to note that prior to the inspection, we had a leak at the...
  12. S

    What are these pipes for?

    I have an in-ground pool with a spill-over spa. There is only one pump for both the pool and spa. There is also a blower for the spa, sitting on its own pipe coming out of the ground. At the end of the pool opposite the pumps and equipment, a pipe with an open "tee" comes out of the ground...
  13. Abw02

    Water slide plumbing

    I am planning on installing a slide to our concrete deck of our inground pool. We didn’t plumb a waterline when we built. However the slide will be right above a return inlet (1 of 3) into the pool. Is there anyway for me to connect tubing from the return jet to feed to water slide? I’d love to...
  14. Stevedotsimpson

    SWG placement?

    Hello, First off, I love this community. You've saved me so much money and stress already. Thank you all for your kind help. i just bought a new (to me) house. And it has a chlorinator, not a SWG. Bought a Hayward SWG (40K extra life capacity for my 23400 gallon pool). i have my electrician...
  15. J

    Non stop bubbles in Polaris line

    Help! The pressure side pool cleaner line keeps burping. The flow is very weak too. Polaris floats and won't clean. I've disassembled, cleaned, lubed, and reassembled the booster. I checked all the joints in front (and behind) the booster pump. I don't hear air. Cleaned baskets and skimmers...
  16. T

    Bypass Heater- air bubbles coming out the jets

    Hello, I'm trying to figure out where I'm getting air bubbles in my system. I have a Hayward DE filtration system with a Hayward heater. Air bubbles are coming out of the jets. They are smallish bubbles. I have sealed and lubed the filter lid. I think it may be happening somewhere within the...
  17. M

    Plumbing Check... Pool Dig Next week.

    Pretty basic pool. Dig starts this weekend and plumbing next week. Just now learning the basics. I asked for 2" rigid PVC throughout. Are the return lines a concern given the position of the skimmer? Should I swap the skimmer and the light position in the deep end? What is the marking 3' to...
  18. D

    New Pool Owner - First time turning on Water Feature

    New to this community, just bought this house with a pool and never owned one in the past - alot to learn! So I had a company out here to "open" up the pool for the first time since I am a mega noob here, they didnt really do much except take the cover off and install two of the three pumps -...
  19. N

    Need help with Venturi plumbing

    So I recently installed some Venturi fitting on a fiberglass pool/spa. I have two 1 inch pipe coming up through the deck how ever I’m stuck trying to find the correct fitting to control the air
  20. S

    Help Me Fit a Salt Chlorinator

    With the price (and availability) of chlorine becoming an issue, I want to convert my system to a salt water chlorinator. The problem is, I can't find a way to fit one into my plumbing setup without bringing at least one underground run above ground. As you can see from the picture of my pad...
  21. N

    Broken Skimmer Fitting

    Hey TFP, hoping to get some advice on how to proceed with a broken skimmer fitting. Little bit of background on my pool and the problem. - Pool is a vinyl liner pool, liner is only about 2-3 yrs old but the pool is probably 30-40 yrs old. Steel wall construction, plumbed with black poly, which...
  22. C

    Help with valves, plumbing, spa

    Hello to all. Looking for some help. Had recent repair of broken return pipe to spa under deck. Repair (seems) fine. No longer loosing water from pool/spa. However, spa will not hold water when pump turned off, pretty rapidly leveling out with pool. Happened a few years back, and a quick...
  23. K

    High Water Level Skimmers: Seen outside US

    Hello, I've been designing and planning our pool for quite a while and have learned a lot through tfp. We have a modern/minimalist aesthetic and have seen high water level skimmers used outside the US. I've googled forever and can't find a source in the US, any ideas? Thx!
  24. T

    New plumbing

    Does anyone see any issues with this plumbing? I was hoping it wouldn't stick out past the shed but I didn't factor in that the heat pump needed to be spaced away from my wall and my shed! Hopefully they will tell me what all of these switches too so I can make labels!
  25. D

    Pool equipment pad plumbing

    Is there anything important to do in order to get better flow dynamics when completely redoing a equipment pad other than use sweep Elbows and 2 inch rigid plumbing?
  26. N

    Concrete footing 1 inch above lines & conduits?

    Hi we're doing an in-ground pool and replacement of the adjacent patio and patio cover. We've learned from the patio contractor that -- surprise -- one of the two patio cover concrete footings (12" deep by 48" wide "spread footers") will now need go to directly over the assemblage of pool/spa...
  27. S

    New plumbing now with low flow to spa return

    I just had my pool converted to salt and salt cell plumbed into the prior system. Cell is working fine but the way the guy did it ended up stopping pretty much altogether the flow in the spa return while running the pump in pool mode. I’ll post before and after photos below. Spa gets filled via...
  28. C

    Blocked pipe

    I have a 13,800 gallon inground fiberglass pool that has a blocked return line somewhere under the concrete, and I'm not sure what to do about It. I've pressurized the line with air to see if anything can get through at all, and it seems to get to about 45psi before the air manages to get...
  29. A

    Redo Plumbing and SWCG Install - layout recommendations?

    Pool: 10k gal Inground PebbleTec PUMP: Hayward SP3400VSP FILTER: Hayward C3030 CF Single waterfall water feature, Hayward Navigator. Purchased a CircuPool RJ30, need to install that, and wanting to replumb the above ground plumbing. The visible PVC loop bottom right in photo is where the...
  30. M

    Need help understanding basic setup

    We purchased a fixer upper a few months ago and it came with an inground pool. We don't know anything about owning a pool, so hired someone to open it. We assumed they did it correctly, but as it turned out they didn't open the valves to allow water to the heater. We learned that from the...