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    Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    I would like to clean the basket on my sand filter. I made the mistake of taking the lid off once before, that was a wet mess lol. I have one of them rectangle covers to go over the skimmer opening on the inside of the pool, so that would stop water from that side. Is there a setting on my valve that would also keep the water from coming from the return side?


    Just want to clean out the basket and put some petroleum jelly around the seal of the lid so it goes on a little easier.
    18' round above ground est 8600 /gal with Hayward sand filter filled with well water

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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    Don't use Vaseline, as it will ruin the gasket. Silicone lube would be ok. If you have a multi port valve, put it to closed. Or perhaps install a valve on the return if you need too.
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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    A tennis ball or some sort small ball works great in the skimmer. Just make sure it little bigger then hose.
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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    A ball valve on the suction and return lines would make life much easier.
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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    Also some multiport valves have a closed position. You could put it in the closed position and put the cover on the skimmer and you'd only get a little water out the strainer when you took the top off.
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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    Alright, closed will keep it from coming in from the return. I'll do that then.
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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    A closing plug in the skimmer and another in the return will stop the flow from both ends

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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    Whittle a potato and use that. That's richard320. Works well.


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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    Quote Originally Posted by Inflatableman1 View Post
    Whittle a potato and use that. That's richard320. Works well.
    Sounds discriminatory to me. What do you have against Cucumbers, or Squash?
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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    Busted me, the veggie racist !!


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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    I have a darkbuster light so the return is more of a slotted spray, not just a circle.
    18' round above ground est 8600 /gal with Hayward sand filter filled with well water

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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    Post a pic, please. we'll get it solved for you.
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    Re: Cleaning the basket at the pump question

    I was getting confused, but that's because I'm an in-ground bigot....

    Bronzeback5 has an above-ground, so he's got to set the filter to closed AND put a tennis ball in the skimmer hole. Think I get it now.
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