Over the last couple of years, slowly and surely there has been an air leak into our pool pumping system. Everything seem to point to the old metal pipes underground with the line pulling water out of the pool to the pump more probable than line pumping the water back in the pool.
This last month things got significantly worse and we'd need to do something. There was just too much air in the line to pull water through the system to keep the pool clean.
We got a couple of quotes to dig up the old pipes and replace them. You know you are in trouble when both quotes came back in the same large ballpark called "Unaffordable."
I was curious of what type of portable pumping options there might be out there to keep things going until we could decide what to do. So I started Googling. And then it hit me as I'm looking at these portable pumps -- I had all the pieces they had. I just needed to run the pipping where the leak was over ground. It couldn't be that easy could it? Well, it turn out to be significantly easier and less expensive that expected.
My friend Gary listened to my plan and agreed to help. I got all the parts and pieces at Home Depot for under $40; and Gary was able to take my plan and make it work in just under 2 hours. We capped off the old pipe, hooked up a new line from the pump into the pool, tested it for any leaks, and even created a DIY safety lid out of spare wood.
The "re-mastered" system is working great, and I believe it will work long enough for us to figure out what we really want to do in the pool area and budget accordingly. Thanks Gary!