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    suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    I haven't found any yet, but does anyone know of any threads on plumbing a water line to the pool so you don't have an unsightly water hose hanging over the edge whenever you need to top it off? Especially if the pool wasn't setup for that originally.

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    Re: suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    It doesn't come up very often. You can either plumb a line directly to the plumbing at the equipment pad, with a manual valve, or put in an auto fill system. Plumbing directly to the pad is fairly easy, you just need to leave some provision for winterizing. Putting in an autofill after the fact is a little more difficult, since the autofill valve needs to be level with the pool surface, but still quite possible.
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    Re: suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    do most people just drag out the hose to top off?

    With 3 kids I get a fair amount of splash out. I don't have to top it off every day but maybe once a week. And I just don't know how much I'll lose to evaporation during mid-summer since this is new to me (I don't have a solar cover yet, plan on getting one).
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    Re: suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    One thing to consider is that you need to prevent pool water from entering your drinking water lines if you tap into the pool plumbing to do it. I'm not really sure if there is a safe and easy way to do this. When I built my equipment room, I stubbed in a pipe and valve to be able to add water directly, but I've not followed through because I'm not sure how to go about it. I'd like to plumb in on the suction side of the pump so I can use the line to prime the pump as well, but I worry that it would flush debris out of the skimmer if I don't clean it first.
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    Re: suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    Hmmm... good point.

    I guess I'll just get a short water hose and hook up a Y to the outside faucet. The outside faucet is just about 8 ft from the deck so I'll just run under the deck and find a way to mount it so it stays in place pointing into the pool then just turn on the Y at the faucet as needed.
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    Re: suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    Double check valves, check valves or antisiphon devices work great.

    These will prevent the water from flowing back into the source system.

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    Re: suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    Quote Originally Posted by rastoma
    do most people just drag out the hose to top off?
    Every couple weeks I need to add about 3/4" and dragging the hose out is no trouble.
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    Re: suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    For a direct plumbing connection all you need is a back flow prevention valve. It is a common fitting used for irrigation systems.
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    Re: suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    For a direct plumbing connection all you need is a back flow prevention valve. It is a common fitting used for irrigation systems.
    I'd looked into those, but I can't tell from reading if they are designed for pressurized water on the non-potable side.
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    Re: suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    I don't know if anyone else caught this, but the OP has an AG pool, not inground, if that makes any difference.

    I wonder if you could make a "toilet tank"(afterall, that's basically all an AutoFill is) that sits under the deck, but even with the top of the pool. If you could figure out a way to pipe that tank(something like a 5 gal. bucket) to the pool, you'd be all set. The hard part would be connecting that pipe to the pool with "neutral" pressure. What about getting one of those over-the-edge auto-fills and hanging it in the skimmer?

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    Re: suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    Yea, it would need to be a double check or dual check valve, in order to handle the back-pressure.
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    Re: suggestions on adding permanent water line to pool

    FWIW, I just drag the hose out and throw it over the side when I need to top off the pool. Usually have to do it once a week during the hot summer months. When I'm through, I reel up the hose on the hose reel, and all's good.
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