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I am trying to fill the pot strainer with water so I can start the pool pump

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If the pot is higher than the pool, it will never fill to the top. Just fill it to the inlet level and it should be enough.

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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If you are sucking air, tighten the strainer basket cover a little.

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