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    Prime sand filter????

    HELLO I JUST BOUGHT A SAND FILTER WITH THE PUMP FOR MY POOL BUT IM A LITTLE CONFUSED...HOW WOULD I PRIME THIS BEFORE STARTING IT ??

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    Re: Prime sand filter????

    Is this an above ground pool?

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    Re: Prime sand filter????

    Yes it is an above ground pool

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    Re: Prime sand filter????

    The way i did it in the above ground we had growing up, I would turn the garden hose on
    then turn on the filter and put the house into the inlet until water comes through.

    Not sure that is the correct way for yours, but it was for the one we had.
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    Re: Prime sand filter????

    I would fill it before turning on the pump.
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    Re: Prime sand filter????

    It should prime from gravity. Is water not getting to the pump?
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    Re: Prime sand filter????

    If you have an above ground pool, and the filter isn't located way uphill, then it should fill up with water naturally because the water is above the pump and filter. If you have any shutoff valves in the lines to and from the pool, make sure they're open. Then turn the valve on the filter to "rinse" and turn the pump on. The pump should start pumping within a couple seconds and all the dust from the sand should wash out the waste pipe. When it looks clear, shut off the pump, turn the valve to filter, and turn the pump on. Boom. You're in business.
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    Re: Prime sand filter????

    In start up after winter I have had an air-lock in the pump basket the first time, have to turn off pump and release the air in the top of the basket lid. After that its good the rest of the season, maybe because the filter is full of water.
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