First time poster, long time reader.
I just opened my filter for the first time (until now, I've let the pool service handle this part, but I'm starting to take more initiative) to clean the cartridges. The top bracket was very hard to take off, and ultimately I couldn't separate it from one of the cartridges at all.
It was also very difficult to detach the cartridges from the bottom manifold -- to the point where I ended up breaking one of the inlets on it.
I watched a bunch of videos to see how to do it properly, and in all those videos, the whole thing came apart quite easily.
Has anyone encountered this kind of problem before? What am I doing wrong?
My filter is a BlueHaven Smartfilter 450 (which I think is just a rebranded Hayward) with Pleatco cartridges.
Thanks in advance for the sage advice.