So I flipped on the pump and the top jumps off the filter body. It's a Hayward C1200
Before I even get started I should say that ever since I bought this house last year the Tie Rod (you know the rod that normally remains in the bottom part of the filter body when you take the top off), well mine comes off with the top.
Somehow it's become one with the locking knob/handle you turn on the top, and when you turn it to take the top off - the top and rod come out together. So every time you clean the filter you have to be try and "feel around" for the little hole at the bottom of the filter housing and screw it in that way. Take a look at what I mean...
Well, right, the top hops off the filter body, it's been on for about a month since I cleaned the filter last, running fine everyday. Good thing I was right there to see it come off as I turned it on manually just to distribute some chlorine I put in the pool.
But I can't get it on this time! Something happened, but it's not visually obvious to me. Normally I fish around for the hole at the bottom (remember the rod is stuck in the top part), find the hole, press down, hear/feel it suck in airtight, and then I can tighten it in just fine. But now I find the hole and push down and it just doesn't seem the same. And I turn the knob and it just turns and turns.
I guess I just might have to suck it up and replace it. Unless someone has an idea. If I do need a new one - I found one for about $230. Is that good? How about a good guide for replacing it myself DIY. Can't be too hard right? Turn a thing, push a thing, bing bang boom right? Is there a different replacement you'd recommend? Thanks for reading.