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    HELP !! New installation...forgot my three way valve

    Installer finished today. I had a 27' round put in. A main drain was installed at my request and a three way valve was specified. The installer did not put a three way valve in. Instead, he used 1.5in ball valves coming from the skimmer and the main drain. Will this work? Pro's and Con's needed ASAP.

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    Re: HELP !! New installation...forgot my three way valve

    Hmmm... that's odd. Can you post a pic, I'm sort of stuck trying to visualize it.
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    Re: HELP !! New installation...forgot my three way valve

    Let's see.. 3 pipes. One to skimmer, one to drain, one to pump.

    Instead of connecting the three with a three way valve, they are teed, with valves in the drain and skimmer lines, correct? Two valves to move to instead of one when you want to redirect, twice as much opportunity for leaks or freeze damage. Functionally, no different.
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    Re: HELP !! New installation...forgot my three way valve

    that's exactly correct...now what to do?

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    Re: HELP !! New installation...forgot my three way valve

    I guess my concern would have been trying to winterize the bottom drain but you probably don't winterize where you live?
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    Re: HELP !! New installation...forgot my three way valve

    Well, if you specified a 3-way valve, the PB should fix it! What you have will work OK, but it's not what he was supposed to do, especially if you paid for a 3-way.
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    Re: HELP !! New installation...forgot my three way valve

    Welcome to TFP!!

    Not a big deal! You're probably owed a few $ (hard to say how much without knowing what brand valves were used v.s. installed) - I doubt it's more than ~$20 and for that amount, I wouldn't make an enemy out of the PB but I would mention it - just so that he realizes that he owes you and that he screwed up

    Honestly, you have the same versatility to control the flow from the 2 suction sources - it's just slightly different and may even be easier for you, as a new pool owner to understand and operate
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    Re: HELP !! New installation...forgot my three way valve

    Thanks for all the responses. We do winterize here in upstate SC but maybe not to the level as some parts of the country. For winterizing I cover, gizmo in the skimmer, drain filter, drain pump, drain lines, cap return, shutoff breaker to pump. I had a 27' for 15 years that came with my house. I just had it replaced and it got put in today. Right now I'm not very happy about the 3 way valve or the distance they installed the new pool from my existing deck. I've got a lot of work to do.

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