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    hello from south Louisiana

    hi I am Greg, I just bought a house with an inground gunite freeform pool. it isn't very big but, we enjoy it.

    I am having a problem, we are seeing a bit of sand in our robot's basket after cleaning. In my research I've learned that this could mean that I have a cracked lateral (or two, or three.....). That part isn't really the problem, as laterals can be changed. Unless.................. the filter is a weldor pureflo sm60. I can't seem to find anyone selling parts for this filter. I know that Heldor is no longer in business. I am told that the hayward 210 is similar but no-one has confirmed that their parts will fit. I am also concerned with finding other broken parts, while fixing the lateral problem.


    my options are;
    A) try to find heldor OEM laterals and change them. hoping that I don't find any other problems.
    B) Try to find hayward parts that may crossover.
    C) replace the filter with a complete new filter.

    what are your opinions?

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    Re: hello from south Louisiana

    How much sand? The next option might be to ignore it if it's small enough.
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    Re: hello from south Louisiana

    Hi Greg and welcome to TFP! While searching on-line works wonders for most of us, sometimes we hit a brick wall. I would also suggest contacting Inyopools.com. They have an extensive library and may be able to cross-reference some items for you to help. Tell them TFP sent you.
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    Re: hello from south Louisiana

    Welcome to TFP!

    Congrats on the new pool! I get some sand in my pool and I don't even have a sand filter. Some comes from the waterfall and some comes from the gap between the coping and deck under the the skimmer area, especially if ants get in there. I use Home Defense to prevent that. Also, sometimes folks confuse dead algae with sand on the bottom of the pool. Grab some and see if it is gritty or squishy.
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    Re: hello from south Louisiana

    I haven't measured the sand to determine the volume but the first time that we put our robot (polaris 825, aka George) in his basket was about 3/4 full of sand I would estimate about one quart. after the initial cleaning we get about a cup or so, running george every other day.

    and it is gritty, like the stuff that you get in your bologna sandwich at the beach.

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    Re: hello from south Louisiana

    LOL! That is definitely a sand filter problem.
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    Re: hello from south Louisiana

    but, how would you go about fixing the problem. i am leaning toward replacing the whole filter. I don't want open up the filter only to find more problems. Then I will be without a filter for a while.

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    Re: hello from south Louisiana

    Yep, those are your choices. Open it up figure out what all is wrong, order some parts and fix it or get a new one. INYO Pools can usually track down parts for older equipment.
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