Fitting for pool return

tcat

Well-known member
May 30, 2012
772
Austin, TX
#1
I have 4 jets on my IG pool. Eyeball removes easily, just unscrew large "nut" holding it in. Do they make a 1.5" hose adapter that will screw onto the remaining male thread. I plan on adding a Solar Bear collector that I want to push water from the return to the panel and back into pool with another hose. I'd like it a quick change fitting so I can remove the hoses when pool is in use. Maybe something similar to how a pressure cleaner attaches (but with 1.5" hose). My plan is to have most piping hidden except the 2 hoses into the pool. Going to try solar before investing in a heat pump, so this is likely a temporary test.
 

pooladdict

TFP Guide
In The Industry
May 14, 2007
819
New Brunswick Canada
#2
Yes you could do it that way, but if the route for the water is harder then the other three returns, it will just diminish the flow to these panels. Water will take the route of least resistance. Remember solar panels are the most effecient when the water flows through them rather quickly.
It would be easier to run a three way valve after your filter and then plumb in your line to the panel and from panel back into return line to pool.
 

Kiss4aFrog

LifeTime Supporter
TFP Guide
May 22, 2013
2,723
Hudson, WI
#3
You should be able to pick-up a fittings at a big box store like Menards, Homedepot ... but the selection won't be as wide as a pool store or on line. You can order them from a pool parts store on line depending on how you want to plumb it to the solar collector. Depending on if you need to go from the in wall, female 1.5" to a barbed fitting or to a slip fit for flex or rigid tube or go male to male or male to female or even reduce to a garden hose coupling the stuff is out there.

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You can always restrict the other returns with smaller eyeballs to increase the flow in the one you're going to use.
 

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tcat

Well-known member
May 30, 2012
772
Austin, TX
#4
That's what I'm looking for, the "flexible 90". I have the 1 st slotted one on 3 returns and poolskim on the 4th. I was going to connect to a return that use to be the cleaner line, so it's separate and can be controlled at the equipment. Looking for a quick way to switch between solar and the existing slotted eye. I'll look for that 90 online. Thanks!

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