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Thread: Small waterfall features - extra pump needed?

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    Small waterfall features - extra pump needed?

    I am thinking of having my PB install an extra line for a future pool feature similar to the one below. Can this line be plumbed into the source for the normal returns, or does it need a dedicated booster pump? Can I use the booster pump for the vacuum system?
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    Lee
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    It probably doesn't need a separate booster but you want to make sure you have a separate line back to the pad with a valve so that you can control the flow between the returns and feature.
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    Mark, thanks for the quick reply. I forgot to mention that I will also have four deck jets. My pump will be 1.5hp, so I am hoping I have enough ooomph for everything: 1 skimmer and 2 pool returns.
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    Make sure you add a valve on the return to the deck jets from the pump. We had just a 3/4 pump on our 4 deck jets and they were shooting over 50 feet in the air. We had to add a valve to restrict some flow. Now we have the ability to adjust the pressure a get different levels with the deck jest.
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