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    How to collect DE when back-washing?

    I don't want to over-think this but given that DE has some negative respiratory issues, how is the best way to collect/dispose of the spent back-wash material?
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    Re: Another newbie question...How to collect DE when back-flushing?

    Scoop it up while it is wet.

    Or you could buy a DE separator to install on the backwash line.
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    Re: Another newbie question...How to collect DE when back-flushing?

    A DE separator...hmmm, never knew they had those. Am I just being paranoid about the dangers of DE left on the ground?
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    Re: Another newbie question...How to collect DE when back-flushing?

    Depends if you have kids or animals that might be getting into it I suppose.
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    Re: Another newbie question...How to collect DE when back-flushing?

    A "nosey" dog yes, kids I doubt. Pool is on an acreage so maybe I could dig a hole and cover. Just curious what people do with the stuff?!
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    Re: How to collect DE when back-washing?

    If you are concerned ... switch to cellulose fiber ... no more worry and it is biodegradable.
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    Re: How to collect DE when back-washing?

    You might check the reply I just posted to the other DE disposal thread you're in.
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    Re: How to collect DE when back-washing?

    The slime bag people also make a DE capture bag although they don't suggest using it for all of your DE discharge, it is more of water conservation device.
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    Re: How to collect DE when back-washing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    You might check the reply I just posted to the other DE disposal thread you're in.
    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac-1 View Post
    The slime bag people also make a DE capture bag although they don't suggest using it for all of your DE discharge, it is more of water conservation device.
    Thanks guys, I couldn't find a way to delete this thread after discovering the other thread. I think trying to use some kind of disposable filter bag at the end of the discharge hose seems like a possibility.
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