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    Pump will not Prime - I've tried the basics

    I turn the pump on a get Zero pressure on the filter gauge. I can see water flowing into the basket but it is not quite strong enough to prime. I can see bubbles coming out my return. If I turn it to backwash mode (DE filter) the backwash pressure is very low too. I put water in the pot prior to turning it on so that is not starving for water. So I have done the following:

    1) Checked the top O-ring, lubricated it and reinstalled several times with different pressures.
    2) I put my hand in the pot and through to the impeller - yes there was some grass in there and I was able to pull it out. Turn back on - still weak pressure.
    3) I seperate the pot from the pump so that I can see the impeller. Nothing stuck in there. What a pain to sandwich back in that large O-Ring.
    4) I have a device that screws on to the end of a hose to force heavy water pressure through the skimmer pipe. It doesn't push anything significant into the pot.
    5) I checked all the plumbing in the filter area for cracks and leaks - don't see anything - don't hear air being sucked in.

    Prior to all this I was using the vacuum to pick up a pretty dirty bottom floor. I backwashed, added DE and then my pressure was low.
    Any advice is appreciated.
    Rob

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    Re: Pump will not Prime - I've tried the basics

    If you have a multiport try priming it in recirculate before switching to filter.

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    Re: Pump will not Prime - I've tried the basics

    Sounds like you may have an obstruction in the skimmer line, try your 'drain king' (the doohickie that attaches to your garden hose) on suction port on your pump to try to blow the obstruction back into the skimmer

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    Re: Pump will not Prime - I've tried the basics

    Yes - I tried the drain king in the skimmer hole. I only have the backwash and filter valves. Any other ideas?

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    Re: Pump will not Prime - I've tried the basics

    Try using the drain king from the opposite direction through the strainer housing. You could also attack it from the skimmer side at the same time with a long piece of wire or something similarly snaky.

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    Re: Pump will not Prime - I've tried the basics

    Yes- I tried blasting from the other side as well. Not sure what I could use to snake it.

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    Re: Pump will not Prime - I've tried the basics

    I had a drain I could clear even with 150psi bursts of air. Finally picked up a Kleer Drain at Home Deport (CO2 charged). Cleared it after 4 attempts.

    Quote Originally Posted by robmaxfli
    Yes- I tried blasting from the other side as well. Not sure what I could use to snake it.
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    Re: Pump will not Prime - I've tried the basics

    I tried to put a tennis ball over the opening in the skimmer to see if the system would suck only through the drain. I didn't see any water coming through at all. Not sure if this means anything or not.

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    Re: Pump will not Prime - I've tried the basics

    Update: I replaced the pot O-Ring and washed the DE off my filters. Still no change.
    One other clue I forgot to mention: I did see some DE come up out of the main drain when this problem started. Not sure what that means either.

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