Pool pipe = doggie chew toy?

ob1quixote

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Jun 13, 2010
187
Yup!

Saw a little drip and some deformed plastic...arrrgh! Went to the hardware store looking for a replacement. I found a sump pump exhaust pipe kit. It had 24ft of pipe, with divisions every 6 ft where you could cut it with a knife and have a smooth sealing surface for each side of the cut.

Then I noticed the color....black! Instant solar pool heater! Bought 2 sections of the pipe {$12 ea}, some 1 1/4 pipe to make unions and some hose clamps. Laid out a quick frame of 2X4s, plumbed everything up and laid an old full length storm door glass on top.

I did have to add an o-ring at the pool connection, selected one that fit into a groove in the pipe right at the cutting point, and kept the hose clamp close to that groove.

My pool is partially shaded, so heat gain on its own WAS slow. Disconnected yesterday, pool is warmer than I like!
 

matt4x4

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Apr 2, 2007
312
My neighbour's dog SHREDDED my lines going to my solar panels on day - in an unrelated story - he's dead now.
 

GCS

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Jul 28, 2008
161
Hard PVC would take care of this problem as well.

Glad we did ours with it as my dog is a chewer too.

Greg
 

ob1quixote

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Jun 13, 2010
187
Can you use PVC pipe on an Intex Easy Set? Seems like it needs the flexibility.

Probably should put together a signature line with a description of my noob rig, eh?
 

GCS

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Jul 28, 2008
161
yes to both items.

As I recall there is actually thread on here somewhere about what parts you need.

Greg
 

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