UPDATE (without IMG tags): Yesterday, in the hour left between arriving home and mosquito darkness I tried to cut the pipes using my new pipe-cutting tool, but it broke on the very first attempt:
So I hacksawed the outlet of the filter pump at the elbow:
And, I hacksawed the inlet of the filter pump at the midway point:
Removing the wires from the wiring conduit elbow was problematic:
Crazily twisted and cracked 10AWG wires are always the result:
By nightfall, I finally had the room to repair the leaks and relocate both the filter pump and the cleaner pump and figure out where to put the pipes so that I can more easily maintain the equipment yet not to introduce too many additional bends (some day I'll convert the whole thing to curves):
When I sliced the pipe at the Jandy valve of the filter pump a bit closer, I realize there was thick (schedule 200?) gray pipe:
I called the pool guys who said that their service men use that gray schedule 200 because it's thicker and stronger than PVC schedule 40.
Do you know if there is any truth to that statement which implies I shouldn't use white PVC schedule 40 at the pumps because it heats up and is more brittle than the gray thicker schedule 200???
Anyway, this thick gray schedule 200 pipe should probably be bored out; but I don't have the boring tool:
I called up Jandy (now Zodiac) at 800-822-7933x1x5, and spoke to their technical support, and pointed them to this thread. They said they don't sell the boring tool, and, that the 2.5" coupling should work.
Back at the now-removed pump, I was worried the filter pump inlet threaded coupling would be glued in from all the repairs - but it spun out easily with an oil filter wrench, of all things:
Here you can see all the caulk and pipe dope in the world was really useless because none of it penetrated to the threads themselves:
However, it can be seen that there certainly was teflon tape used in the original fittings:
And, now I'm ready to put it all back together in a leak-free yet maintenance friendly way:
I hope ... (I've never done this before) ...