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    Need a backwash solution

    My neighbor doesn't like me to backwash next to his side so I need to figure out how to get the water to the other side of the yard.

    The flat hose is awful, mostly because it won't make the turns. I was using a (too short) rigid vacuum hose, but it doesn't seem like the fittings will last. But otherwise, it made the turn around the corner well.

    I saw the fire hose idea, but will it make turns? Or will it just want to straighten out like the flat rubber hoses do?

    Where does everyone else back wash their pool to?
    J.
    Phoenix - 16,500 gallon plaster diving pool, 1.5 hp pentair whisperflo pump (with 3/4 impeller), 3.1 sta-rite cristal flo sand filter, hayward ultra pool vac

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    Re: Need a backwash solution

    My cheap blue vinyl backwash hose won't make tight bends, but I've never had it try to straighten out. Maybe you just need a bigger backwash hose to handle the volume?
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    Re: Need a backwash solution

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    My cheap blue vinyl backwash hose won't make tight bends, but I've never had it try to straighten out. Maybe you just need a bigger backwash hose to handle the volume?
    mine needs to go a good 75 feet and make a right angle pretty fast.
    J.
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    Re: Need a backwash solution

    Quote Originally Posted by jperiod View Post
    My neighbor doesn't like me to backwash next to his side so I need to figure out how to get the water to the other side of the yard.

    The flat hose is awful, mostly because it won't make the turns. I was using a (too short) rigid vacuum hose, but it doesn't seem like the fittings will last. But otherwise, it made the turn around the corner well.

    I saw the fire hose idea, but will it make turns? Or will it just want to straighten out like the flat rubber hoses do?

    Where does everyone else back wash their pool to?
    I drain water to the street, that is allowed in my area. But that is because the area near the pool is lower than the rest of the yard and I don't want water collecting near the pump pad area making a gooey mess. I don't have an elegant solution and use a combination of cheap flat hose and the vacuum hose. A firehose is a type of flat hose, but typically a much better quality. It will still have the bending/straightening issue.

    Now for the not so PC answer... where is the water going now? On your property or his? if it is on your property, then I say tough nuts to the neighbor. how much harm are you causing him if it is on your property? Just because he doesn't like it, doesn't mean you need to change how you do it. If it drains to his yard, then I think it would be responsible to drain it to a more suitable location.

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    Re: Need a backwash solution

    It was going into the side yard between our houses (mostly my side) but he was mad I was watering his bushes (I don't actually backwash that much). So then I used the vacuum hose to the back chain link fence and it was going into the alley. But it overflowed into his yard a bit tonight because I had to backwash 3 times today (he cut down some bushes and made a mess which blew in my pool).

    I think I might try buying a longer vacuum hose, or try PVC for the first right angle, then see if I can get away with the flat hose for the rest to the grass.

    I have a sewer cleanout in the cool deck, but after reading here, I'm concerned it would be too much for my 50 year old house. I think the grass is my best bet.
    J.
    Phoenix - 16,500 gallon plaster diving pool, 1.5 hp pentair whisperflo pump (with 3/4 impeller), 3.1 sta-rite cristal flo sand filter, hayward ultra pool vac

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