I have been researching and learning from the forum for the last couple months (sorry for not saying hi earlier) and I have really learned a ton about managing my pool. For example, I bought the Solaxx PH Tek based on feedback here to help keep the PH in check because the new cement and plaster is/was requiring acid at a ridiculous rate. I have a life other than adding acid twice a day. Anyway, thanks for that.
One thing I can't find is good info on keeping dog hair from clogging up the filter cartridge. It takes a LONG time to rinse the cartridge of dog hair even a good direct hose sprayer. My dog loves to swim, and even when not swimming the hair on the pool deck usually finds its way to the pool bottom before I can sweep it. Of course, I have the skimmer hair net and try to vacuum after the dog swims. Much of the hair still falls to the main drain skipping the skimmer sock. I looked at adding a hair/lint filter before the cartridge but the cost is prohibitive. I also looked at maybe adding super lightweight foam/sponge material to the pump basket, but I am A) scared to mess with the pump basket in this fashion and B) not able to find a good solution that is fine enough to trap hair but will not add a bunch of material to the pump basket reducing its usefulness. I also looked into foam cartridge covers like the one you would see on an air filter, but reading up on the materials I expect it would break down quickly with the chlorine eating at it all the time.
What I did find is that some folks here like 3dogowner (how do I tag someone?) mentioned using a nylon stocking over the cartridge filter, but didn't see any feedback about how that is working out for them. How is it working out for those that tried?
If you have a great solution for this please let me know.