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BillyD 05-09-2008 04:18 PM

pool pump
Does anyone know if I am correct about installing a pump. Doesn't the pump have to be below the skimmer so it will not loose its prime when you clean the pump inlet basket. Also do they make a self priming pool pump?

troubleseeker 05-09-2008 09:52 PM

Real pool pumps, as oppossed to the little things that come with botom end above ground pools, are self priming and do not need to be below the skimmer. You would need to mount the pump in a dry well , or down hill of the pool to get it that low, obviously not very practical.

BillyD 05-11-2008 05:59 AM

A friend of mine has a 1 1/2 hp Hayward pump that is not self priming. If he has it on the bottom drain and gets air in the system it will not work. What do you consider a real pool pump?

sevver 05-11-2008 07:07 AM

I suggest that you go to and see what they have to say. You will need to post whether or not you have an above ground or an inground at the very least, and probably your pump type and filter type.

mstplumber 05-12-2008 10:07 PM


I'm not really a pool guy but I am on my second pool (one of which I built), and both of my pumps have been above the water level and worked fine. There may be some that won't but you also need to make sure that if the skimmers are dry the suction lines from them are closed off if you are just circulation through the main drain at the bottom of the pool.

Hope this helps.

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