Return Manifold Valve Needed?

Ben502

Member
Sep 8, 2019
8
Kentucky
I have a single old leaky gate valve in front of the manifold for my 3 return jets for my 30K gallon pool. Each of my supply side feeds (2 skimmers, bottom drain) have recently replaced ball valves. Question is: Do I need a valve in front of my 3 return jets? Not sure why I would ever use it and its just one more thing that can go bad. Any advice is appreciated.
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Ben502

Member
Sep 8, 2019
8
Kentucky
Attached are some pics of the old valve and new setup. The return manifold pipes are a bit offset, so they were previously plumbed with 3 90s. I will be replacing those 90s with some spa flex, but not sure if I need to or should replace the valve. It would provide on/off for the 3 returns. I would not have individual return control. This all started with the old valve leaking....

Old valve...
old setup.jpg

3 90s, due to pipe offset
old setup 2.jpg

new setup (valve not yet installed), 90s replaced with spa flex
return manifold.jpg

filter, heater and booster. 3-way Jandy for heater bypass with check valve and flow viz.
equip pad.jpg
 

ajw22

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TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
11,193
Northern NJ
I can’t get a mental picture of your water flow from the pictures. Maybe someone else can.

Jandy valves will last a lot longer and be able to be rebuilt then the ball valves you are using.