Here's a link to my original thread about my pool: Help! Giant Pond That's Supposed to Be a Pool?
I have pics that I'm adding to a webpage for you guys that I'll post here soon. We are very near to filling her up and swimming! I will share the entire process with you all -- I promise! -- but am waiting until I can show it to you from start to finish.
In the meantime, I have some questions I'm hoping someone here can help answer before we fire up the equipment a couple of days from now.
This is a "vintage" pool, probably circa 1960s, and it's had several owners, none of whom we can talk to. So, there are things inside the pool that, being pool newbies, well, we just don't know what they are. We're hoping you guys can help us figure it out.
There are three "fixtures" along one side of the pool. One is an oval-shaped hole which seems to be an old pipe outlet and is slanted to direct it toward the shallow end of the pool. The second is a newer PVC pipe that is capped. It appears to be perhaps re-plumbed, but a part of the original pool due to the metal rim around it that is embedded in the plaster. The third is another newer PVC pipe that extends into the pool. It seems to have been added later. We are assuming that some, if not all, of these things are returns, but we are unsure. Here are some photos.
#1 - This is a shot along the wall of all three gizzies (ignore the "hole" in the tile--that was where they had a rope attached at one point):
#2 - This is the oval "hole":
#3 - These are the two newer PVC thingies:
#4 - This is the middle PVC pipe. (The blue stuff on it is just a smear of paint.) It appears to be a part of the original plumbing but updated? It is capped. We don't know why. We are wondering if we should try to remove this cap, or if it should be left alone. No clue. Thoughts? Suggestions? Advice?
#5 & 6: This is the PVC pipe that's sticking out from the wall. It appears to have been added, due to the plaster patching around it. We have no idea what it is or why it is sticking out from the side. Again: Thoughts? Suggestions? Advice?
Any advice about these fixtures would be much appreciated!
There's one other thing we're curious about, too. Underneath the skimmer box is a small grate. The "pool guys" we were working with (who flaked out on us) said it was some kind of safeguard for the skimmer -- like if the water level got below the skimmer box, the skimmer would draw through there. Anyone ever heard of this? Here's a photo of that:
#7 - Grate under skimmer:
We're about ready to fill the pool and start the equipment in just a day or so, so any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks!