HOW TO INSTALL FIREFIGHTER1
General Criteria for Installation
If you have maintained your own irrigation system PVC plumbing, then how to install FireFighter1 might easy for you. However, if you have doubts or no experience, just get a Pool Service to install it for you and show them this how to install page to give them a start. If we already have installations in your area, we may have a list for recommended people or we can ask a neighbor for the installer they used.
If you do decide to do it yourself here are some general criteria. Elsewhere on this site you will find photos and videos to help you.
Items That Come with FireFighter1
The photo depicts the hose coiled up for use with hanger storage. A quick release connector, which is standard, is also shown. The standalone connector is for screwing into the diverter to connect the hose to the pump-to-filter piping
In this photo, the hose is stored in a waterproof box, our standard hose storage method. Two boxes are shown; one of the left with the standard quick release connector for the diverter and the other with an optional screw connector for the diverter. The box size varies with the length of hose ordered (25ft is shown).
Diagram of Before and After Diverter Valve Installation
The 3-way diverter valve is installed on the high pressure side of the pool pump between the pump and filter. You need to choose the easiest place between the pump and filter to install it. If the tubing connecting the two is short and straight, it may have insufficient flexibility to use simple couplings during the diverter install. If your plumbing code allows, you could use unions and/or slip joints (see videos later on this page).
You can see installation examples by clicking here.
The procedure to install the diverter is as follows:
Useful How to Install Videos and Links
PVC unions installations have two benefits. First they allow easy disassembly for repair, and second when piping does not have enough flexibility to properly create space for using and cementing simple couplings, they are very useful for joining two pipe sections.
Just like unions, slip couplings are useful for joining two sections of pipe when the pipe does not have enough flexibility to properly create space for using and cementing simple couplings. Unlike unions, they are permanently cemented in place. Local codes should be checked before using them.
Cementing PVC is simple, but if you take short cuts, like not using primer, and not having near perpendicular cuts at the PVC end, the joints may be prone to early failure. Take a look at the videos for good practice tips.
Miscellaneous Piping Links
The first video below really helps you understand how to determine the length of pipe needed to join two sections of PVC. It shows how to include the length of pipe that gets inserted in the coupling used to cement pieces together.
You may find the second one useful for installing the diverter.