A swimming pool diagram is a very helpful tool that shows the layout of your pool space. It will allow you to identify all the areas of the pool that you need to work on in order to make the most of it. Plumbing a swimming pool is not an easy task, particularly if you have never done it before. Luckily, there are a lot of steps that you can follow in order to make the process much simpler. Keep reading if this sounds good.
Get The Right Tools
The first thing that you will need to do in order to plumb your pool is to get the right tools. If you want to do it by yourself, you will need a drill with a chuck large enough to fit the diameter of the pipe that you will use. In addition, you will need a few hand tools such as a wrench in order to assemble and disassemble the fixtures that are connected to the pool’s plumbing.
If you are hiring a contractor, they will most likely provide you with all the necessary tools in order to complete the job correctly. In any case, make sure that you have the proper tools in order to do the job correctly.
Determine The Size Of The Pipe
The next step is to determine the size of the pipe that you will need in order to plumb your pool. In general, the rule of thumb is to use the diameter of the pipe times the number of feet that you want the water to travel before it returns to the pool. For example, if you have a 12 inch pipe and you want the water to travel 3 feet, you will need to use a 24 inch wrench to tighten the fitting that is connected to the pipe. 24 inch is the usual size for water pipes, but check the tools of any contractor that you are hiring in order to make sure that you get the right size.
Mark The Joints And Switches On Your Pipes
After you have determined the size of the pipe, you will need to mark the spots where the pipes meet. This is particularly important if you have any bends in the pipe as they might become disconnected otherwise. In addition, you will need to mark the spot where the pipe meets the pump in order to know which one is going to be disconnected if you have one.
Once you have marked the spots, you can hide them with tape so that you do not accidentally disconnect any of them while you are working on the pool’s plumbing. If you are hiring a contractor, they will most likely have someone come and mark the spots for you before they start working so that they do not end up reconnecting a pipe that they previously disconnected due to lack of tape visible at the spot.
Lay Out Your Layout Plan
Now that you have everything that you need, it is time to lay out your diagram. You can use whatever material that you have on hand in order to make your plan, but be sure to use a waterproof tape such as duct tape in order to prevent any accidents. You can use a permanent marker or colored tape on a white piece of paper in order to make it easier to see when you are done. If you are doing this by yourself, you can use construction paper or a similar material in order to make the plan. Make sure to leave some extra room so that you have something to work with when you are done.
Once you have laid out your plan, you can check it from time to time in order to see if you have made any errors. This is very important since you can redo the diagram as many times as needed in order to get it right. If you make an error, you can either fix it yourself or ask someone else to help you out. Being able to fix errors on your own is a great skill to have at any time, but particularly if you are doing this as a contractor then you may not have the time to correct all of the errors that you make during the process.
Cut The Pipes The Right Way
In order to plumb your pool, you will need to cut the pipes the right way. There are several different techniques that you can use in order to do this correctly, but the most basic one is to start from the bottom up and work your way up. You will need to cut the larger diameter pipe first so that you do not end up with a mess of pipes that are all tangled up when you are finished. Another option is to start from the top and work your way down. In this way, you will ensure that you do not have any kinks or sharp turns in the pipe when you are finished. In addition, you can cut the pipe in such a way that it will fit tightly inside another pipe, which can make it easier to connect the joint afterward. In simpler cases, it is enough to cut the pipe in order to let the water flow properly. In more complex cases, you can also cut part of the wall in order to create a better inside-out flow from one end of the pool to the other.
Assemble Each Fixture
Once you have cut all of the pipes, it is time to assemble each fixture. Assembling the fixtures is very simple, but there are some things that you need to keep in mind in order to make it easier. First, make sure that all of the wires are stripped ahead of time so that you do not have any accidents while handling the wires. Second, make sure that you have the proper tools for the job. Third, double check everything before you start connecting the various pieces. Fourth, use a waterproof tape such as duct tape in order to make sure that you do not end up with any leaks while you are handling the water. Fifth, make sure to note down each step that you take so that you can refer back to your notes if you make any errors while doing the job.
After you have gone over all of these tips with a contractor, they should be able to take care of any problems that you may encounter. Be sure to leave plenty of room so that you do not run out of working space while you are working on the plumbing. In addition, make sure to have all of the proper tools in order to do the job correctly. If everything goes well, then you should be able to enjoy your pool in no time at all and be able to tell everyone that you know how easy it is to plumb a swimming pool.