Poolside Chat Episode 11: How Many GPM Does a Pump Motor Push?

Video: Poolside Chat Episode #11 – What is My Motor’s GPM Rating?

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by INYOPools.com, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • What is the flow rate of my pool pump motor? Here’s a hint, it’s a trick question.

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.

Poolside Chat Episode #11 Video

Watch the video it’s easier than reading ;)


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