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    Sand for sand filter

    Can you buy the sand filter sand at lowes, or do you need to buy sand somewhere else for more money,...does it matter?

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    Re: Sand for sand filter

    You need plain old pool sand. I believe some Lowes and Home Depots have them, mine was really fouled at the start of this season so I replaced it, but I have to go to the pool store for it. I just got the economy stuff not the "special" stuff. And I will be staying on top of deep cleaning, it was something I neglected to do, but I won't make that mistake twice. There is a post on here about not all sands being equal you may want to search it up and see if anything inspiring is inside of it for you, but I went with the el cheapo sand and my pool in great form.
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    Re: Sand for sand filter

    I want o say it was the Quikrete brand that wasn't performing correctly. I'll see if I can find the link.

    My findings on how not all sand is created equal

    There is a link to another good thread on the topic within that post, too.
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    Re: Sand for sand filter

    There are only two pool stores I town. None of the home improvement stores carry pool sand. So be careful if you're in a similar situation. One store swore up and down it was silica sand, but when I get there it's zeo. The other said they didn't carry silica, but when pressed they found a few bags. The few bags I got were dirty, I wish I classified it myself.

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    Re: Sand for sand filter

    As a FYI about the quickcrete, Yeah, there were a couple of reports about it being bad.

    Dave had a conversation on the phone with the quickcrete rep. It appears as if a bad batch of Pool Sand did get distributed, but overall, they have a good quality procedure and there should be no reason to avoid it, unless you just want to be ultra safe.

    Pool Sand is #20 silica. Anything smaller than #20 will get through the holes in the laterals and end up on the pool floor.
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    Re: Sand for sand filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Divin Dave View Post
    As a FYI about the quickcrete, Yeah, there were a couple of reports about it being bad.

    Dave had a conversation on the phone with the quickcrete rep. It appears as if a bad batch of Pool Sand did get distributed, but overall, they have a good quality procedure and there should be no reason to avoid it, unless you just want to be ultra safe.

    Pool Sand is #20 silica. Anything smaller than #20 will get through the holes in the laterals and end up on the pool floor.
    Dave - if the smaller stuff gets vacuumed back into the filter would you expect it to stay gone? Or should I dredge it out?

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