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It is generally not recommended to use more sand than the manufacturer suggests. The filter is designed for a specific amount of sand in the tank (in order to get the proper flow rate, filtration, etc.) Too much sand would likely slow down the rate of water passing through the sand and increase the operating pressure on the filter, as well as cause sand to leave the filter when back-washing.
However, I would find it somewhat unlikely that they could actually get 500 lbs. of sand in that tank. (Assuming they’re using the correct #20 sand) The proper amount (350 #) should bring the sand level to within 6″ of the top of the tank, (from the manual on that filter) so there probably wouldn’t be room for much more than that. They may be mistaken… Read the rest of this entry »
How do you convert a side mounted pool filter to a sand filter that sits on the ground? if your skimmer pump assembly is attached to the pool.
Above grounds are a pain in the rear.
Without seeing it,, I would guess you just take out the cartridge, and plumb the new sand filter in between the pump and the return jet..
If you are looking for something to mechanically clean your cartridge filter. Just go down to the local hardware store and pick up one of those garden hose attachments that look like a fire nozzle. They always provide the strongest pressure and allow you to clean deep into the pleats. Spray from top to bottom at a 45 degree angle paying special attention between the pleats. Flip the cartridge and repeat. Additionally it is recommended to chemically clean your cartridge about twice a year to get the most life out of it. Most pool stores will sell an acidic solution labeled “filter cleaner”. If you wish you can also you use TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) mixed with water at a ratio of 1 cup TSP to 5 gallons of water. Let the filter soak overnight in the solution.
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