plumbing

  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. A

    Replacement for Pentair SuperFlo 340038

    Hi all! First post ever! I have a 15,000 gallon inground plaster pool, newly renovated, probably built in 70's or 80's by Anthony or Sylvan. 1 Skimmer, 1 Drain, 2 Jets. The current pump is a quite old Pentair SuperFlo 340038 or SF-N1-1A. Its starting to show its age, leaking out of the seal...
  7. B

    How to remove/close old offline chlorinator connections?

    The previous owners installed an offline chlorinator (Pentair Rainbow 300). I don't want to continue using the chlorinator because there is no check valve to protect the heater, and there is not enough space to easily install one. Is there a way to remove/cap off the hose connections sticking...
  8. S

    Pool keeps overfilling

    Hi, I've been having a reoccurring problem of my pool being overfilled. The filler is a Korky, similar to this one. The unit was completely submerged and water was still coming out of the spout at the top when I bent it up out of the water. Does anyone have any suggestions to stop this issue...
  9. michaelrbanks

    Where To Put It?

    Howdy! I'm really interested in installing a Handy TruClear system to integrate with my current setup. The manual says it should be horizontal in a 16" section of pipe - I just don't see an option without major tear-up. Any ideas?
  10. Sam and fam

    New Build Question: Pipe Sizing and Skimmers

    Hello - New to the boards and I have been absorbing as much info as possible on maintaining the pool but as I am now getting construction plans I am starting to fall into the bottomless pit of the overwhelming amount of info out there on plumbing (well everything pool related). Nonetheless...
  11. Charlie227

    Hayward Solar GVA-24 leaking. Your thoughts?

    I have a leak in this unit. The leak appears to be coming from about midsection. It is getting worse. What should be my first go to fix? I’ve searched the forums but didn’t find exactly what I was looking for. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
  12. B

    Plumbing advice - replace ball valve

    Texas pool owner here. I have been reaching out to all contractors nearby but all have 4-6 weeks waiting period. Not a handyman man but finally made up my mind to fix the plumbing on my own. The ball valve on the right burst during the storm and needs to be replaced. Now I have all the parts...
  13. Elwood5487

    New filter and pump. Need help understanding hoses and unions

    Hello, all. Glad I opened the pool fairly early because I fired it up on Sunday and found it was time to replace my inherited sand filter and pump. Made the purchase yesterday and was (supposedly) provided with all necessary equipment. I really love this store but it feels like something isn't...
  14. J

    How to plumb this ...

    Now then, good evening, good day all I'm trying to convert some 'Magiline' skimmers so that they have a direct suction line to the pump. I've dug 90% of one out and the image below tells the story. Is there any tried and tested way of plumping a 50mm pipe into a corrugated profile such as the...
  15. P

    Solar Retrofit

    Hello, I am thinking to add solar heaters to our pool. The equipment pad and the wall where the pipes would raise are not too distant but also not adjacent, and I want to plan it carefully. My first question is: I have a SWG right after the filter. Can the SWG stay "before" the solar heaters or...
  16. Notauser

    How to remove filter plumbing for deep filter cleaning

    I have a Hayward 300lb sand filter with the multi port valve on top. When the installer put it and the pump in last year it looks like everything is hard plumbed in. I didn’t really notice until started sizing up how to do a filter deep clean in preparation for the season. So how can I deep...
  17. N

    Installing Aerator Prior Coping

    Hi everyone! I am at the point where I will be installing my travertine coping. I have a question regarding the capped pipe(aerators) that I have currently that’s pointing strait up. The shotcrete guys etched a space for it and my plumber said that I need to set it prior to putting the coping...
  18. L

    Quick Check Anyone? Gunite dig with piping and equipment

    Here are photos of our dig. If anyone has time to take a look and check that would be amazing. I have no clue what I’m looking at. We have a 15’x30’ pool with salt system, cartridge filter and heater. there is a photo of where some of the PVC is bent and some look like it has a slight almost...
  19. B

    Plumbing and Skimmer Issues

    Sorry for the lengthy post but I want to make sure I cover everything. my wife and I recently purchased a home with a pool. Its roughly 15 x 30 20k gallon inground pool. When we purchased the home we had a few contractors come out to look at the surface and equipment as they were on the last...
  20. M

    Equipment 65 feet from pool water

    Hi, is there an issue with having pool equipment 65 feet from pool water? This is for a new build 18x36' inground steel frame vinyl pool. Would you suggest going with larger pipes than 1.5" do help with the longer distance? Thank you!
  21. T

    DIY Peristaltic Automation Questions

    Hi, I am slowly but surely starting to add automation to my pool to make the maintenance a little easier on me. It started by installing a simple Sonoff Dual R2 device so I could automate the timing of my pool pump & lights & control them both via Wifi. I've been really happy with this setup...
  22. M

    2 returns or 1?

    Hello All, Have another question hopefully someone is knowledgeable about this. We are getting to break ground and I have attached our pool design with measurements. The pool builder talked about installing 1 skimmer on the wall of the deep end which is the south side of the pool. I was...
  23. A

    Venturi Jet Issue New Pool

    We have a brand new pool and had 4 jets installed for the deep end seat. The jets are venturi powered. The jets are configured where two jets go to one surface air intake. The issues are: When we open the pool valve sending water to the 4 jets water comes out of the surface air intakes. It also...
  24. Cwiggs

    Help Installing SWG!

    Hello TFP! Long story short I was planning on installing the Circupool RJ60+, but the Hayward AquaRite W3AQR15 went on sale for ~$900 so I decided to buy the Hayward. Now I'm looking for the help/suggestions/tips on installing it. Questions: 1. Right now I have an old intermatic timer that is...
  25. N

    Can I plumb a heat pump before hooking up electrical?

    We have a plumber who can come out Saturday to plumb the heat pump (RayPak 8345ti) but the electrician might not be able to make it in time. Does it matter if it's plumbed before it has power?
  26. W

    Trouble with Pentair Laminar Fountain Jet

    Laminar jet has slipped 4" down the concrete sleeve. I bought a reverse pliers to extract, but it still isn't budging. Has anyone had this issue? What are my options?
  27. Cindy Colbert

    Advice needed: plumbing in a DIY ground solar system and later a SWG.

    We bought our home with pool last year (1st time pool owner here) and wow what a challenging yet fun filled learning curve it's been. Due to lots of shade and no heat source installed , last fall I quickly began researching options. Limited funds led me to try connecting several longgggg black...
  28. B

    Should plumbing be run underneath the pool rather than around the pool?

    Building a new inground pool in Texas where we had to dig a bedrock to excavate which took 3 weeks to dig. Now that excavation is done, ready for the plumbing. That said, we are getting mixed response about how to run the plumbing. Should plumbing be run underneath the pool rather than around...
  29. S

    Question about stopping reverse water flow

    I have a typical Florida pool/spa setup. In the spa I used to have a water feature which I didn’t care for. It causes uneven flow back into the pool. It was screwed into the floor of the spa via PVC. I removed it and at night when the pump stops, the spa level drops by half. Is there a type of...
  30. R

    Mystery suction-side pipe?! (+ introduction)

    Hello, TFP forum! :wave: Before I get to my question, a quick intro: My family purchased a foreclosure home with an in-ground pool 1.5 years ago, and I spent last summer trying to get the pool up and running. We followed advice from this site given to others who had dealt with foreclosure pools...