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Installing Your FLOWREAD™

A step-by-step guide for successful installation of your Flowmeter

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Take control of your pool system with
the FLOWREAD™

Installation of our FLOWREAD™ may seem daunting, but it is a quite simple process that can be completed in as little as two minutes. Upon successful installation, you will be able to easily read your flowmeter and enjoy your glistening blue pool, whether it be for a pool party or a solo dip to do some laps. Regardless of how you use your pool, the FLOWREAD™ will help keep it squeaky clean.

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What Makes the FLOWREAD™ Different:

  • Saves you in energy costs
  • Improves the quality of your pool water
  • Installs in as little as two minutes
  • Works with virtually any pool
  • Created by the industry leader in pool flowmeters

Installing the FLOWREAD™

The FLOWREAD™ measures the accurate water flow through your recirculation system. Our meters are calibrated to the size of your piping, so if you have 1 ½-inch piping, you would want to purchase a 1 ½-inch flow meter, a two-inch flow meter for two-inch piping, and so on. The 1 ½-inch option will measure between 10–70 gallons per minute (GPM). Our guide will help show you how to install the FLOWREAD™ (in this case, the 1 ½-inch version), which often takes less than two minutes to complete.

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STEP 1: CHECK YOUR PARTS

Like we discussed above, for a 1 ½-inch pipe, you will be installing the 1 ½-inch flowmeter (R-315). Note that the FLOWREAD™ mounts to horizontal pipes only. Your shipment will include two stainless steel clamps, a gasket, and two screws.

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STEP 2: TURN OFF POWER TO THE PUMP

You will want to do this at your circuit breaker.

STEP 3: RELIEVE WATER PRESSURE

This will be at the relief valve on top of the filter.

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STEP 4: CHOOSE AN INSTALLATION SITE

You will want to provide a MINIMUM of 8-inch clearance above the pipe to provide ample room for the flowmeter. Install the meter in a straight run of pipe as far as possible from any disturbances.  The distance required for accuracy is 5 times the pipe diameter before the meter and 2 times the pipe diameter after the meter. In this example we will need 7.5 inches before the meter and 3 inches after. Be sure to install the FLOWREAD™ flowmeter after the filter, and avoid placing it right after a point where you inject chemicals such as chlorine or acid.

STEP 5: LOCATE THE CENTER OF THE HOLE FOR THE FLOWMETER.

The hole will be located at the top of the pipe at a point that provides 7.5 inches of pipe before the flowmeter from where the water is coming, as well as 3 inches of straight pipe after the flowmeter to where the water returns.

STEP 6: DRILL A PILOT HOLE

Be sure to drill this pilot hole with a 1/2" drill bit to center the larger drill.

 

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STEP 7: DRILL A 5/8 INCH HOLE

The flowmeter MUST be installed straight up and down - within two degrees.

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STEP 8: REMOVE ALL BURRS

Be sure to remove all burrs around the flowmeter hole with a round file.

STEP 9: INSERT THE PITOT INTO THE HOLE

Make sure that the gasket is in place and that the pitot tube opening faces into the direction of the flow.

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STEP 10: PLACE THE CLAMPS

Put the clamps into place on either side of the flowmeter and tighten the clamps, alternating between sides, and a little at a time so as to ensure that the flowmeter is straight up and down.

STEP 11: ENSURE THAT THE FLOWMETER IS COMPLETELY VERTICAL

Do this by using a level and tightening the clamps (but don’t overtighten!). 

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STEP 12: TURN ON THE POWER TO THE PUMP

Again, this will be at the circuit breaker.

STEP 13: CLOSE OFF THE RELIEF VALVE AFTER WATER BEGINS SPRAYING OUT

That’s it! You have successfully installed your FLOWREAD™ Pool Efficiency Flowmeter and should now be able to read your flowmeter at the top of the float. Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your beautiful, clean pool!

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