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    Return eyeballs

    What is the proper direction for the eyeballs? Should they point downward, towards the surface, towards the skimmer?
    How do you have yours pointed?
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    i have 2 up and 2 down.

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    Re: Return eyeballs

    Quote Originally Posted by meatloaf
    What is the proper direction for the eyeballs? Should they point downward, towards the surface, towards the skimmer?
    How do you have yours pointed?
    Thanks
    I keep my three pointed just downward so that I don't break up the surface water and then pointed towards the nearest skimmer basket. This keeps a nice circular flow around the pool, drives debris to the skimmer baskets.
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    Re: Return eyeballs

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    Quote Originally Posted by meatloaf
    What is the proper direction for the eyeballs? Should they point downward, towards the surface, towards the skimmer?
    How do you have yours pointed?
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    I keep my three pointed just downward so that I don't break up the surface water and then pointed towards the nearest skimmer basket. This keeps a nice circular flow around the pool, drives debris to the skimmer baskets.
    This is what we do, too. I have heard that some test the flow w/a ping pong ball.
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    It depends on what you need. I live in the country, so I have a pretty big bug load. I want maximum flow to my skimmer, so all of my returns are pointed toward the surface.
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    I point mine down a little and to the side so that it makes the pool swirl like a toilet bowl. Everything seems to get into the skimmer that way. Then I throw my scum ball at various places in the pool to see if it gets back to the skimmer.
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    OK Thanks, I also have mine pointed just below the surface and angled to create the toilet bowl effect also.
    Just wanted to make sure I was doing it right.
    My pool is a 10,500 gallon (420 Sq Ft ) kidney shape. A hand made sheer decent waterfeature. STA-RITE HRPB30, Sand filter 30" 98 GPM,
    1 HP Maxi-Glas 2 pump, BBB Method, Taylor K-2005 test kit, 50 Watt 12V low-voltage pond light illuminates the pool at night for a nice soft glow.
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    since i have two skimmers, i find i get better chemical circulation if one shallow end return is up, and one is down, then awsome skimmer action if one deep end return is up and the other is down, but every ones situation is different.

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    What ever works.

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