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    plumbing test pressure

    What is the proper plumbing test pressure and for what duration. I ask because I tested my two skimmers at around 20 psi and the skimmer extension (the female fitting where my piping attaches to) has developed hairline cracks on each skimmer. I will need to pull out each skimmer and replace/re-pipe. The piping that I installed is fine. Is it normal to test the skimmer piping as I did?

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    Mark
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    Re: plumbing test pressure

    When I do a pressure test I only go to around 10-15 psi, and then watch to see if the needle drops. if you can see the cracks why not throw some plast-aid on there? It works very well. http://www.plast-aid.com/
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    Re: plumbing test pressure

    New pools are generally pressure tested to at least 35 PSI. If you know your normal dirty filter pressure, you should at least test to that level if not slightly higher.
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