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Thread: Buying new filter / pump / etc, looking for suggestions

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    Jun 2016
    Plattsburgh NY

    Buying new filter / pump / etc, looking for suggestions

    Good Evening,

    After baby sitting my Pentair DE filter for close to a week (bumping it every two hours, back washing it 2x a day), while trying to clear up a super cloudy pool that was neglected in the early part of the season while I rebuilt the deck surrounding it)...I think I'm ready to throw in the towel and go with something a little more maintenance friendly.

    I work 4-10s and commute an hour each way, so during the work week I cannot give my DE filter the TLC it wants, and my pool is suffering because of it. Also, my pump is only .5hp so I just feel it's a good time to do an all out equipment upgrade.

    Budget is not an issue, the main things I care about is quality and ease of maintenance, considering my free time is so limited. I think sand is the way to go for me, but I'd be open to cartridge as well.

    So with all that said, any suggestions on what pump and filter to get for my 30 x 15 above ground?
    15,000 gallon above ground pool w/ vinyl liner
    Pentair Star(50) DE filter
    Unknown pump manufacturer, seems to be working fine
    Pool installed in 2010
    Taylor 2006-K test kit

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    Jul 2013
    Fletcher, OK

    Re: Buying new filter / pump / etc, looking for suggestions

    I love me some spending money threads As you have found a DE filter is great for a clean or close to clean pool, if swampy they are a pain

    Sand filter is the easiest but a cartridge is closer to water clearness as your DE filter...

    What is your power rate? A VS pump may save you some major money if your rate is high, if not go with a 2 speed pump...

    Sand: TR100
    Cartridge: clean and clear 320, 420 or 520 I have the 320

    pentair VS 3hp
    pentair 2 speed 1hp I have this pump and it really is great..

    I hope this helps
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    Mar 2011
    Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Re: Buying new filter / pump / etc, looking for suggestions

    I love my cart filter. I add Purifiber to coat the cart (after cotton season) and it really polishes up the water. So I pull my cart out twice during the short pool season we have here in Michigan. I vac with a Pool Blaster so that helps to keep a lot out of the filter.
    17,500 gal. ABG Doughboy Pool
    1/2 HP Pump/150 sq.ft. Cartridge Filter
    TF100 Test Kit And Speedstir

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