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    Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    I got my TF-100 today. My CC is 2. I'd like to get started on a slam however, this part on my filter has a significant leak and running the pump non stop is resulting in leaked water dropping the waterline about an inch in a day. I found a replacement part on Amazon for between for 120 dollars. It seems futile to start slamming until this filter leak is taken care of.

    Hayward SPX0710X32 Side Mount Valve Replacement for Hayward Multiport and Sand Filter Valves



    Does anyone know if it would be wise to go ahead and order this part on the internet? The pool store has a price of $206 that will have to be ordered. If I do order it is it fairly simple to disassemble and reinstall this part?
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    Bought a home with a pool. Inspector comments in parentheses. 20'x40'x8' IG 32,000 gal.(One wall has crooked coping and concrete deck has shifted) Vinyl liner (needs replacement in near future) Hayward S240 - 300 lb sand filter(good except small leak)
    Hayward 1.5 HP Superpump(good with exception of small leak) TF-100

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    I can not tell what is leaking based on the at picture (too close).
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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    Yeah, I wanted to post the zoom out zoom in, but had run out of alloted space for attachments after the zoom in only. How do I get around that?

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    It's just a good shot of showing the pinhole leaks in the plastic. It's just under the multiport valve control. Soon as I figure out how to add another photo I will.

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement





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    Is it possible to SLAM by running on recirculate instead of filter or would that be stupid? The leak is not so bad on recirculate.
    Bought a home with a pool. Inspector comments in parentheses. 20'x40'x8' IG 32,000 gal.(One wall has crooked coping and concrete deck has shifted) Vinyl liner (needs replacement in near future) Hayward S240 - 300 lb sand filter(good except small leak)
    Hayward 1.5 HP Superpump(good with exception of small leak) TF-100

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    So water is shooting out in the direction of the blue lines then dripping down. That drop is like a 600 gallon sized drop, by the way.

    Bought a home with a pool. Inspector comments in parentheses. 20'x40'x8' IG 32,000 gal.(One wall has crooked coping and concrete deck has shifted) Vinyl liner (needs replacement in near future) Hayward S240 - 300 lb sand filter(good except small leak)
    Hayward 1.5 HP Superpump(good with exception of small leak) TF-100

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    Looks like you will need a new valve if the leave is not at a joint.

    You can start the SLAM on recirculate to start getting everything killed, but obviously you need to filter to remove the dead stuff to pass the clear water criteria.
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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    I purchased that exact valve on Amazon and it was fine. Current price is $119.
    29,085.1 gal inground grecian vinyl, Hayward Super Pump VS, Hayward S-240 sand filter, Dolphin Nautilus Plus (aka Agador Spartacus), Taylor K-2006 kit, nice pool brush, crappy leaf net, frogs

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    Sweet! Was the installation easy?

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    Oh, yes, very easy (on my setup). I was glad I did it too. My old valve was very old, and I did not realize how smoothly a new valve operates. I should have replaced it years ago.

    Looking at your pic, you have 2 hand-tightening unions and 3 PVC fittings. The 2 unions to the filter are easy, at most a strap wrench to get them loose. The PVC connections have to be cut and replaced. This is where it gets tricky for you.

    Other people, please chime in if you have any secrets for making this easier. The pump side connection has lots of room to cut out an old section and solvent weld in new pipe and fittings. But the return and waste pipes have very little room before the elbows. Not sure, but the return side may have to be replaced up to the two unions. The waste side can be cut below the elbow and coupled there.
    29,085.1 gal inground grecian vinyl, Hayward Super Pump VS, Hayward S-240 sand filter, Dolphin Nautilus Plus (aka Agador Spartacus), Taylor K-2006 kit, nice pool brush, crappy leaf net, frogs

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    I am a total amateur. My husband is even less technically inclined than I am and is currently into lawnmower repairs anyway. I feel like we are in over our heads. I did get the replacement part. The labor aspect is overwhelming. I’ll try to break it down and give it a DIY try anyway if there is a chance someone can direct me from here. I prob don’t have the right tools or supplies. If the remedy is cheap and easy enough I would be proud of myself for pulling it together, but there are only 24 hours in a day. I’m considering just calling a plumber. I’m just gonna post the whole setup to illustrate the additional problematic observations after running on recirculate all night.



    1. Line goes to a weather proof swimming pool transformer.
    2. Line goes to another breaker box or junction box of some sort.

    3. Line goes to an outlet? Patched through I guess and then to the pump. Outlet doesn’t work either.


    4. Three areas of water collection from a leak, each marked with a 4.

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    5. Leaks that I hope are just from the plumbing above the filter basket contraption. I don’t know what it’s called. Emailed Hayward asking for a pdf of the
    manual. No response yet.


    6. Did not see or feel any water collection on this whole area of piping in view here. Pretty sure left side is skimmers.
    7. Pretty sure right side is for main drain. I’ve tinkered with them and it appears to be so based on pool suction after turning the valves. Handle
    is broken and is a total pain to turn.


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    8. The joints or unions that are marked are leaking or collecting water from a leak above.
    9. This area just looks a little damp and dirty on the bottom side of where the white meets the brown.
    10. This is a pipe that runs the waste to French drains somehow. I DO NOT want this on there anymore. I’d much rather connect a hose and route it away farther.

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    11. These are the visible portions of the French drains. One up top, one below. Dumb and dumber.


    12. This is where that bottom drain pours out onto the concrete in front of our sunroom.
    13. This is the other side of the pool with a drain in the grass waaaaayyyy down there. I ran the backwash and my attention was on the sight glass, right, so when I look away I see all of this disgusting water headed straight for the pool. I’m just furious.

    What a mess! I'm starting to think the previous owners were just like whatever, cover it up and turn it off, not my pool anymore, not my problem and everything busted over the winter. Or maybe it is all just really old. Driving me crazy and my kids just don't get it. They want instant party pool. Yeah right.
    Bought a home with a pool. Inspector comments in parentheses. 20'x40'x8' IG 32,000 gal.(One wall has crooked coping and concrete deck has shifted) Vinyl liner (needs replacement in near future) Hayward S240 - 300 lb sand filter(good except small leak)
    Hayward 1.5 HP Superpump(good with exception of small leak) TF-100

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    Didn't see anything when I went out there.
    There's this thing.

    Would it be more cost effective to see about a newer system?
    Bought a home with a pool. Inspector comments in parentheses. 20'x40'x8' IG 32,000 gal.(One wall has crooked coping and concrete deck has shifted) Vinyl liner (needs replacement in near future) Hayward S240 - 300 lb sand filter(good except small leak)
    Hayward 1.5 HP Superpump(good with exception of small leak) TF-100

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    That is a lot of info. Small leaks and damp areas on the pipes are no big deal compared to the big leak from the valve in the original photo. You should be able to find user manuals and parts diagrams online without asking Hayward. The waste line is easy to cut, remove, and replace with a collapsable backwash hose you can roll up when not in use.

    Some questions...

    What is the pump model # (near #4)?
    Does the pump motor make a lot of noise, and does it get very hot to the touch? It looks pretty old and they don't last forever.
    29,085.1 gal inground grecian vinyl, Hayward Super Pump VS, Hayward S-240 sand filter, Dolphin Nautilus Plus (aka Agador Spartacus), Taylor K-2006 kit, nice pool brush, crappy leaf net, frogs

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    Model # is SP2610X15
    It's pretty noisy. It's hot but I can rest my hand on it and let it set for a while without it feeling like it's too hot. Another user sent me a link to the pump manual. The filter manual is a lot harder to get.
    Bought a home with a pool. Inspector comments in parentheses. 20'x40'x8' IG 32,000 gal.(One wall has crooked coping and concrete deck has shifted) Vinyl liner (needs replacement in near future) Hayward S240 - 300 lb sand filter(good except small leak)
    Hayward 1.5 HP Superpump(good with exception of small leak) TF-100

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    Re: Hayward S240 Sand Filter Vari-Flo Control valve assembly Replacement

    Well, I guess read the various threads here on advice for fixing vs replacing, upgrading, pump sizing etc. Lots of opinions. Personally, I prefer a less powerfull single speed pump or a variable speed pump. But it depends on many factors, including number of skimmers, drains and returns, etc.

    I was able to find a user manual for the S200 filter, which I think is almost identical to the S240. I also found the parts list for the S240.
    29,085.1 gal inground grecian vinyl, Hayward Super Pump VS, Hayward S-240 sand filter, Dolphin Nautilus Plus (aka Agador Spartacus), Taylor K-2006 kit, nice pool brush, crappy leaf net, frogs

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