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    DIY Equiptment pad?

    I am replacing my pool filter and would like to pour a concrete pad for the equipment to sit on. Is there a diy anywhere? do I have to pour around the pvc piping or can I just pour a pad next to the pipes?

    thanks

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    Re: DIY Equiptment pad?

    Hey, it's YOU , welcome to TFP!!

    Any chance of posting a pic of where the pipes come up v.s. the proposed pad?

    If the pipes don't have to go through the pad, it's better & easier

    I can tell you how to do it either way

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    Re: DIY Equiptment pad?

    I have almost finished doing what your about to start. Its definately worth it! - our old pad was causing us no end of grief and really needed to be something a little more robust, remote controllable and maintenance free. After the rebuild its been super smooth. By the time I finish it should be fully automated, including back washing the sand filter. Here are some piccies of how im going so far. They might be of interest.

    Progress piccies of the power pool pad -

    - This is the original layout, in much need of some attention, especially after a pipe split due to the weight of the sand filter pulling on it. (no slab)
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//PoolPad%21.JPG

    - PoolpadCAD: The functional design of the pad.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//PUMPPADSCH.pdf

    - Crazy plans: The design on how it should actually look.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//poolpadlayout.png

    - Site cleared and measured up.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//cleaned_site.JPG

    - Area boxed and rebar'd.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//boxed%2Brebar.JPG

    - Wired the American two phase Pentair VF intelliflo ready for use.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//pentairwired.JPG

    - Slabs in and im ready to start buiding.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//slabsin.JPG

    - Existing pipe work repaired. Solar (black) and vac (white) installed. To go, water feature and waste.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//piperepair.JPG

    - Got the old filter up and running in a very temporary setup whilst the new pad is built.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//tempsetup.JPG

    - Cutting off and removing the PVC cemented multiport valve from the sand filter
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//pvchere.JPG

    - Clean and ready for priming and connection of new unions to a new electronic backwash valve
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//pvcgone.JPG

    - A pre-layout to get an idea of how close to the plan it will go
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//dryrun.JPG

    - Equipment goes in - plugs up good- looks like the CAD version - passes leak test with flying colours!
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//layoutdown.JPG

    - Actuators are now in, but not wired yet.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//Actuatorsin.JPG

    - Power, sensors, chlorinator control, electronic gauges and actuators are all installed.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//pumpnparts.JPG

    - Digital backwash gauge and electric back wash valve
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//pressuregauge.JPG

    - Weather proofing cover
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//cover.JPG


    steve
    Mark Stinson
    Woodland, CA
    IG 12,545g Gunite/Plaster with attached spa, Hayward Northstar 3HP pump, Pentair Clean & Clear Plus 420
    Alas, I have no heater for my spa (yet)! :-(

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    Re: DIY Equiptment pad?

    ok well i took some pictures and my set up appears to be very basic, but I am still very new to this so excuse the ignorance.

    We havent moved in yet and with the semester almost done I am planning to install a new filter and fix the problems with the equipment. Just went to the house today to "clean" the pool, the filter is broken so its just circulating water.

    Apparently there is a pad but its not level and kind of small. It's probably about 3ft by 3ft. Can I pour a new larger pad over the existing one? or will I have to remove the current one?

    on to the pics...

    view from the front. can someone also describe my system? and is the new filter something I could install myself?


    the pump is also leaking =(


    the new one =)

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    Re: DIY Equiptment pad?

    is that leak on the pump something fixable?

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    Re: DIY Equiptment pad?

    anyone?

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    Re: DIY Equiptment pad?

    Quote Originally Posted by heyitsme06
    is that leak on the pump something fixable?
    Need a little more info about the leak. I am assuming the leak is where the brown looking stuff is on the pump. Is there a crack on the pump housing or on any of the pipes? If the leak is at the connection you can try re-plumbing that section. If the pump housing is cracked then you will need to replace the pump.
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    Re: DIY Equiptment pad?

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveH
    I have almost finished doing what your about to start. Its definately worth it! - our old pad was causing us no end of grief and really needed to be something a little more robust, remote controllable and maintenance free. After the rebuild its been super smooth. By the time I finish it should be fully automated, including back washing the sand filter. Here are some piccies of how im going so far. They might be of interest.

    Progress piccies of the power pool pad -

    - This is the original layout, in much need of some attention, especially after a pipe split due to the weight of the sand filter pulling on it. (no slab)
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//PoolPad%21.JPG

    - PoolpadCAD: The functional design of the pad.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//PUMPPADSCH.pdf

    - Crazy plans: The design on how it should actually look.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//poolpadlayout.png

    - Site cleared and measured up.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//cleaned_site.JPG

    - Area boxed and rebar'd.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//boxed%2Brebar.JPG

    - Wired the American two phase Pentair VF intelliflo ready for use.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//pentairwired.JPG

    - Slabs in and im ready to start buiding.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//slabsin.JPG

    - Existing pipe work repaired. Solar (black) and vac (white) installed. To go, water feature and waste.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//piperepair.JPG

    - Got the old filter up and running in a very temporary setup whilst the new pad is built.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//tempsetup.JPG

    - Cutting off and removing the PVC cemented multiport valve from the sand filter
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//pvchere.JPG

    - Clean and ready for priming and connection of new unions to a new electronic backwash valve
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//pvcgone.JPG

    - A pre-layout to get an idea of how close to the plan it will go
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//dryrun.JPG

    - Equipment goes in - plugs up good- looks like the CAD version - passes leak test with flying colours!
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//layoutdown.JPG

    - Actuators are now in, but not wired yet.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//Actuatorsin.JPG

    - Power, sensors, chlorinator control, electronic gauges and actuators are all installed.
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//pumpnparts.JPG

    - Digital backwash gauge and electric back wash valve
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//pressuregauge.JPG

    - Weather proofing cover
    http://users.tpg.com.au/srkh//cover.JPG


    steve
    Looks good Steve,I plan on doing a complete pad reconfig this fall.I like the look of the clear 2" pipe, is that readily available anywhere ? Pricey ?
    24,000 Gallon Vinyl Grecian IG,Triton2 Sand Filter / Pentair Super Flo 1 HP Dual Speed Pump ,
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