I want to back fluch from my pump to my skimmer. I have the XP2e pump. My pipes go into my insulation foam, prohibiting me from following it back to the motor. I want to back flush from the inlet at the motor, but don't know which is the inlet, and which is the outlet? Any help?
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The normal procedure would be to unscrew the top of the inlet basket and fill that with water until it flow out down the inlet pipe, then replace the top cover. Make sure the skimmer box basket is clean, the pool water level is high, or put a fast running hose in the skimmer box to make sure the primed pump does not have to pull the water up from too low at the inlet.
If it will not pull the pool water in when started, then -
- there is a leak or blockage somewhere on the inlet side
- the pump impeller is damaged
- the filter is clogged too much and causing back pressure
- the pump power and pipe sizing are mismatched
They no longer sell that particular model pump. The closest comparison is the new XP2E 2 HP pump which comes with the 2" inlet and outlet, but everything else is the same. It also comes with the fittings to convert from 1.5: to 2". This unit goes for about $450 on line. I also have this in stock and would sell it for the same price. Brand new in the box.
First connect hose to vacuum head mounted on handle. Put vaccum in water. Take other end of hose and hold over return outlet filling the hose with water until the vacuum floats up and all the air bubbles stop bubbleing. When it sinks again, hold your had over the hose and take it to the skimmer. If you have an adaptor plate for skimmer have it already on the hose. If you don't have one, then remove basket and quickly remove your hand and put hose down ito pipe in skimmer. You will get some air and once the pump recovers, and starts pupming, then begin vacuuming.
They're all about the same. Skimmer outlet goes to pump inlet. Pump outlet goes to filter inlet. Filter outlet returns back to the pool. You will have to fill it with sand. Look at link: http://www.propools.com/instructions_index.php Most any of these instructions will work. Pay attention on how to add sand so you don't break the "spider" piping in bottom of filter. I usually have water in first to absorb the shock of adding sand. Don't let sand enter the stand pipe in center of filter. Cover with plastic cup or something.
the tricky part is to avoid air from coming into the vaccum pipe and from there to the pump .
1. the first thing you got to do is fill the pipe with water .you can do that easly by putting the vaccum pipe next to the outlet water exit while the pump is working till you see that there is no more air inside the pipe .
2. connect the pipe with the cone to the skimmer , at this stage you might get some air inside the pipe but don't worry .
3. once all part are connected and the vaccum head is in the water activate the pump and open the top screws on top of the pump and the filter to realese the air that might have entered the pipe .
once the air is out and the vacuum works close the screws and you are ready to go .