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    Sand filter question

    I am assuming this will be too small, but thought I'd ask anyways. I just got an Intex 26 foot ultra frame pool. The guy I bought it from had a new 12 inch 1/2 hp sand filter he bought for the pool. He said he was going to hard plumb it next spring, but had to suddenly move. Will this be big enough for the pool, or am I just waisting my time hooking it up? It also has the Intex pump that came with the pool.
    Thanks in advance
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    Re: Sand filter question

    Intex pumps and filters enjoy a bad reputation of being inadequate.

    I would step up to the plate and get a 1/2 or 3/4 hp pump and a separate 18" sand filter.
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    Re: Sand filter question

    All this besides the 12" 1/2 hp sand filter?
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    Re: Sand filter question

    All this besides the 12" 1/2 hp sand filter?
    No, in lieu of.
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    Re: Sand filter question

    Ok, so the one I currently have is useless I take it?
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    Re: Sand filter question

    Useless is not the right word but "normally inadequate" is a good choice so I guess that makes it sorta' useless.

    Others may not agree but year after year on the forum we see nothing but problems using inadequate intex pumps.
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    Re: Sand filter question

    Thanks for your advise. is the pump that came with the Intex better to use then would you think?
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    Re: Sand filter question

    If you're wanting to put the original on the 26' pool, I'd use the sand filter you got because it is bigger n may be better than what you're using now.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Sand filter question

    Hi! I see you're in Oklahoma. Now that it's really started to get chilly in our area, you might check out craigslist. I know the Dallas/Ft. Worth craigslist is FULL of people who are basically giving away their pool equipment. You could probably get a really good 18 or 20 inch filter for dirt cheap. As for the pump, it's not always a bigger is better situation. I have a HUGE pool and I really think I could probably get by with a smaller pump. The only good thing about it is that it has two speeds so I keep it on low all the time. I know it's been a while since you posted your question, but I hope this helps and I hope you get to enjoy your pool!
    Let us know what how you decide to go please.
    18 X 34 AGP 7ft deep end, 22,300 gallons. 250lb sand filter, 2 speed 1.5 hp pump. TF-100 Test Kit.

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    Re: Sand filter question

    You could just go buy a new large pump and filter or if you are stingy like me you could use both filter/pumps in parallel.

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    Re: Sand filter question

    Thanks. My wife won't let me buy anything new at this point. Part of me being able to buy a
    The bigger pool was telling her it came with a sand filter. Earlier I told her I needed to buy a sand filter for the 18ft pool, so this was my in to getting it. Oh well.
    Thanks again. And I have checked the Tulsa CL and so far nothing worth buying.
    Mike
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    Re: Sand filter question

    Check Craig's List around early Spring. That's when people decide they want to dump their pool stuff. You can usually walk away getting huge deals because people are so over it.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Sand filter question

    I was watching this 19 in 1 hp sand filter on Amazon keep going down. It got down to $75. I thought if it goes down a bit more I'm buying it. Then the next day it went us to $298. Now it's staying at the new price.
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    Re: Sand filter question

    That sounds like my kind of luck!!
    Intex 22' X 52" Ultra Frame AGP ( 12K gallons) , Intex 633T 2500 GPH (41 GPM) running Doughboy Silica II sand filter (16"dia. 1.4 ' S.A.) ( And doing it quite well, I might add!) Hayward through the wall skimmer, TF100 with Speed Stir. Hard plumbed, Intex fountain ...........

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    Re: Sand filter question

    You will be amazed at some of the steals deals you can find.

    A few years ago, I got a brand new DE filter n pump and an old DE filter (parts) 2 telescopic poles and a few other things for $200.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Sand filter question

    I'll keep my eyes open. Thanks. I got a good deal on pool, so hopefully my luck will stay.
    Mike
    Intex ultra frame 26'x52" above ground pool
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