Plumbing Advice on un-used cleaner line

Megahurtz

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I have a capped cleaner line that i will never use. Just purchased a new dolphin e30 and it has been working perfect. I was thinking of just capping it at both ends, but saw some posts of turning it into a return line. I was thinking of just adding a tee and elbow. Is this the best way to connect it?
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I was also just thinking about capping both ends, but cant seem to find a cap to go over the eyeball fitting. I have a pentair return with the threads sticking out.
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ajw22

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How many returns does your return line feed now?

If you split the return line the way you show you will divert about 50% of the return flow to the other pipe. If you have 3 returns then each of them will only get about 15% of its current flow which may be lower then you want.

I would put a diverter valve between the two pipes so you can adjust how much flow gets directed away from your current returns and ensure they continue to operate as you expect.
 

Megahurtz

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Thank you. I currently have 4 return lines in the pool. So this would be a 5th one. Would a ball valve type be ok, or is it recommended to have a pool style 2-way valve (like jandy)? Sorry,new pool owner here and not sure on the pros and cons on valves for pool plumbing. :)
 

ajw22

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A ball valve inevitably sticks and breaks and then you have to cut it out and glue a new one in. Long term a diverter valve will last forever, can be rebuilt if needed, and be less hassle long term.
 
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