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    Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    Thinking about upgrading from the current 1/2 HP 2100 gph pump/sand filter set up to
    the 3/4 HP 2800 gph or the 1 HP 3000 gph. I believe either one will connect to the current setup without the need for other fittings.

    Trying to to get better circulation for fewer dead spots, trying to get more filtration with larger sand filter and trying to make vacuuming a bit less tedious.
    The 1/2 HP has been a workhorse, but a larger pump/sand filter would I think be better in the long run...

    what sayeth all ya'll?
    Bob (AKA Schnozz)
    12 x 24 x 52 Intex Ultra Frame AGP, 8600 Gal; Pentair 2HP/2SP 150sqft Cartridge Filter; Hayward Through Wall Skimmer; Intex Automatic Cleaner (Fantastic); K-2006 Test Kit; Start-up 07/30/2015. First Time Pool Owner in SoCal.

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    I have the same pool you have, and with the 3k pump and the 16" sand filter we are very happy

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    Piolin....Or anyone with experience in this area....

    Are you able to connect the new Intex 3000 GPH pump/filter in place of the smaller Intex pump/sand filter that came with the pool without additional adapters or connectors?

    Thanks for taking the time Piolin.....
    Bob (AKA Schnozz)
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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    I hard plumbed with PVC, but before that, I was able to connect the 3K pump just fine... But if you can put PVC it will be much better

    8,400 gal 3K GPH pump, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade



    8,400 gal 3K GPH pump, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    Go all the way with 1 1/2" PVC and you will have a better flow

    8,400 gal 3K GPH pump, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade



    Don't forget to install a Skimmer.... 😊

    8,400 gal 3K GPH pump, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
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    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    You did nice work...how far away from the pool is the pump and filter? It looks like you're on a concrete slab as well?
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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    Not far, less than 10 feet, yes, 4 Inches Concrete slab, and 2 Inches foam pad

    8,400 gal 3K GPH pump, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    The most important thing is you need to have a level ground, and in Florida with the coral ground, was easy for me to place a LEVEL Concrete pad ($1,000)

    8,400 gal 3K GPH pump, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade



    8,400 gal 3K GPH pump, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    I oversized my pad, bc eventually I will grow to a bigger pool 32x16 Intex pool

    8,400 gal 3K GPH pump, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    My oversized slab is going in next month. So my pool will be down for about 2 weeks..It looks like the 2" of foam goes under the legs as well? Do the legs cut /sink into the foam?
    Thanks for responding......It's been very helpful

    Bob
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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    Here's my pump upgrade thread too. I've been very pleased with this pump.



    New pump arrived today
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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    The foam that I use was the only available here, from home Depot, yes the legs cut into the foam a little, in all legs so the level stay the same, but if you can find the extruded pink or blue 3/4" foam that people recommend here you will do better

    8,400 gal 3K GPH pump, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    Also if you decide to go with the skimmer, I also will go a little higher in the cut, so you will not lose any water level

    8,400 gal 3K GPH pump, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

    The corner stone of TFP
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    You guys are great. Thanks for the help...This old guy thanks all ya'll...
    Bob (AKA Schnozz)
    12 x 24 x 52 Intex Ultra Frame AGP, 8600 Gal; Pentair 2HP/2SP 150sqft Cartridge Filter; Hayward Through Wall Skimmer; Intex Automatic Cleaner (Fantastic); K-2006 Test Kit; Start-up 07/30/2015. First Time Pool Owner in SoCal.

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    Good luck and keep posting pictures of your rebuild when you start...
    8,400 gal Intex, 3K GPH pump, 16" sand filter, SWG CG-28669, TF100 test kit, speed stir, K-1766 Taylor salt test.

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    Re: Intex pump/sand filter upgrade

    JeffChap: That same pump/filter is on sale at Walmart for $199.99. WOOHOO!! I may go that way instead of the 3000GPH Intex

    The only adapters necessary to connect it to your Intex pool were the ones you purchased at Leslies?

    Thanks, Bob (AKA Schnozz)
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