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    Hard plumbing my new pool

    How many of you hard plumbed your pool? any pics. to help me with mine. Where did you get the 3 way valve? I will be installing a solar heater. What size pipe did you use? any help I can use.
    **Beginning full restoration soon**
    IG 25,000 Gallon 18' x 36' x 8' max depth, built ~1972
    Tagelus TA-60 sand filter
    Plaster, needs resurfacing, considering Ultraguard
    Plan to convert to SWG

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    Re: Hard plumbing my new pool

    Three ways valves can be had at just about any pool supply or interenet retailer. Make sure it's a lubrication free type. It's worth the little bit extra it will cost. jandy Neverlube is a good one as is the Compool (Pentair).

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    Re: Hard plumbing my new pool

    I used 1 1/2 pipe for my pool. Like Waterbear said the 3 way value can be bought on the net I don't remember where I got mine.Hope the picture helps

    16' by 32' cornelius AG vinyl liner, 6' deep end, 14500 gal.
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    2-2' by 20' sun grabber solar heater.
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    98xc600, Thanks the picture helps a lot. Looking at your set up is there a reason the line out of the skimmer has a union then a shutoff?? same with the return?
    **Beginning full restoration soon**
    IG 25,000 Gallon 18' x 36' x 8' max depth, built ~1972
    Tagelus TA-60 sand filter
    Plaster, needs resurfacing, considering Ultraguard
    Plan to convert to SWG

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    Re: Hard plumbing my new pool

    The reason I put the union before the valve was so in the winter I have everything removed and don't risk any freeze damage to the valve. The valve should really be ahead of the union so you can pull all the pluming out when the pool is full. I figured if I needed to remove the plumbing when it's full I would just plug it from inside the skimmer and return. I keep 2 plugs on hand if I ever need them.
    It all up to you and what you think would work better in your situation.
    16' by 32' cornelius AG vinyl liner, 6' deep end, 14500 gal.
    Hayward 250 Lb sand filter
    Hayward 40 GPM pump
    2-2' by 20' sun grabber solar heater.
    4 gal Liquidator. BBB

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    98xc600 Thanks again it will make doing mine easier, do you mind if I some what copy yours?
    **Beginning full restoration soon**
    IG 25,000 Gallon 18' x 36' x 8' max depth, built ~1972
    Tagelus TA-60 sand filter
    Plaster, needs resurfacing, considering Ultraguard
    Plan to convert to SWG

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    Re: Hard plumbing my new pool

    Copy all you want, glad I was able to help.
    16' by 32' cornelius AG vinyl liner, 6' deep end, 14500 gal.
    Hayward 250 Lb sand filter
    Hayward 40 GPM pump
    2-2' by 20' sun grabber solar heater.
    4 gal Liquidator. BBB

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    Re: Hard plumbing my new pool

    Ok, I will show why my name is what it is But what is the 3-way for?


    Edited for: Ummmm never mind, I think i figured it out, for the solar heat? (don't need no solar heat here in Texas )
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    Re: Hard plumbing my new pool

    98xc600,

    With the hard plumbing, do you find any problems reattaching to the skimmer and return in the spring? Is there a concrete pad under your pump/filter? I'd like to change to hard plumbing when I add solar this spring, but like you, we suffer from cold winters, wet springs, freeze/thaw cycles.

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    1.5 HP Sta-Rite pump with 21 inch sand filter (Zeobrite media)
    Mineral Springs (Aquatrol) SWCG, Rigid PVC plumbing, 2 inch
    Four 4X12 Techno-Solis solar panels, rack mounted, Goldline Solar Controller

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    Re: Hard plumbing my new pool

    Edited for: Ummmm never mind, I think i figured it out, for the solar heat?
    You got it!!!

    With the hard plumbing, do you find any problems reattaching to the skimmer and return in the spring? Is there a concrete pad under your pump/filter?
    I haven't had any problems in the spring. it takes about 10 mins to have everything hooked up and ready to go.
    Yes I have a slab under my filter and pump.
    16' by 32' cornelius AG vinyl liner, 6' deep end, 14500 gal.
    Hayward 250 Lb sand filter
    Hayward 40 GPM pump
    2-2' by 20' sun grabber solar heater.
    4 gal Liquidator. BBB

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    Re: Hard plumbing my new pool

    Here's what we did. We added a second return after-the-fact.
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    32x16 buried Doughboy, 4' shallow - 7' deep
    Pentair Dynamo 1 hp, 2-speed - Pentair 150# SD40 w/zeolite (75#)
    One skimmer/two returns/Aquabot Turbo T2

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    Re: Hard plumbing my new pool

    Thanks Charles. We tried to keep it simple - I get confused with more than a few pipes!

    But it certainly helps being able to get on here and go through the threads to get ideas. There are some pretty smart folks on here!
    32x16 buried Doughboy, 4' shallow - 7' deep
    Pentair Dynamo 1 hp, 2-speed - Pentair 150# SD40 w/zeolite (75#)
    One skimmer/two returns/Aquabot Turbo T2

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