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Thread: Should I add extra return - rust an issue?

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    Should I add extra return - rust an issue?

    I am getting a new liner and considering adding an extra return on the opposite side of the pool. (Its a 33' round pool and the single return is beside the skimmer. I can do the plumbing myself, just wondering if it is worth the extra trouble for the added circulation. I am also wondering if I should be concerned about the new return rusting out, since it would be installed in a steel section of the pool wall (the pool has an aluminum panel for the original skimmer and return) Has anyone had trouble with rusty returns in steel walls?
    33' above ground pool, 52" deep, about 27500 g
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    Re: Should I add extra return - rust an issue?

    Proper use of the gaskets on the bulkhead, plus a little GE clear silicone will keep the return hole in good shape for many, many years assuming you make a clean hole.

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    Re: Should I add extra return - rust an issue?

    I would add the return. It'll help noticeably with your circulation.
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    Re: Should I add extra return - rust an issue?

    Thanks for the replies. Would it be beneficial to add it at the same height as the first return? Or perhaps closer to the bottom of the pool?
    33' above ground pool, 52" deep, about 27500 g
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    Re: Should I add extra return - rust an issue?

    I added the return. My installer suggested putting it 1/3 the way aroune (counter clockwise) from the original return. He explained that the water needs a little puch there and the skimmer will draw it the rest of the way. Interesting logic. We will see how it works (plumbing not hooked up yet)
    33' above ground pool, 52" deep, about 27500 g
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    Re: Should I add extra return - rust an issue?

    Let us know how it works out!
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