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View Poll Results: OK, so which is the best media for my DE filter? Should I use:

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  • DE

    6 66.67%
  • Purifiber

    1 11.11%
  • Aquaperl

    0 0%
  • Other

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Thread: What is best for a DE filter?

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    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    An hour NW of Philly

    What is best for a DE filter?

    I'm new to all of this, so I look forward to your answers. So far, I've used the Purifiber and Aquaperl. I heard that you need to watch DE because it can hurt you if you accidently breathe it in. Are the two I've used better in that respect? Is there anything else I need to watch out for? I did a search and didn't find any topics on this, sorry if this is a dupe.
    27k Gal, IG Plaster Ansylbrite, Pentair FNSP60 DE Filter, Jandy Aquapure APURE1400 SWG, WhisperFlo WFE-28 pool pump, WhisperFlo WFE-26 Waterfall pump, Raypak P-R406A-EN-C Heater, Polaris 1-470-02 Air Blower, Jandy PDA 4.1a firmware

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    Feb 2009
    North Billerica, MA, USA, etc.

    Re: What is best for a DE filter?

    IMHO, I don't think it makes a lot of difference which you use - I've never noticed any difference in the way they work...

    Yes, DE is mildly unhealthy to breathe, reportedly long term chronic exposure can cause silicosis, which is a degenerative lung disease, sort of along the lines of the "black lung disease" that used to get coal miners... I strongly suspect that the occasional use that a pool owner sees is unlikely to be a big problem, especially if you try to keep from breathing it as much as you conveniently can, mostly by handling it gently to minimize the amount of dust created.

    In theory some of the alternatives are lighter in weight, and / or go further per bag, but I've never heard any indications that they are any less of a potential health hazard than DE... (As a general rule of thumb, breathing ANY sort of dust is not a good thing...)

    Free-form Inground gunnite pool, Estimated 16-17K gallons. New Pentair TR60 ClearPro 24" sand filter and Compupool CPSC-48 SWG, Hayward SP1607X10 Pump w/ 1HP motor, 1.5" plumbing, Polaris Pressure cleaner w/ booster pump. pool is more than 25 yrs old, less than 35. Not painted, deteriorating tile surround. I am paraplegic, get in/out of pool w/ S.R. SMITH PAL portable pool lift (significantly modified)

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    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Cupertino, CA

    Re: What is best for a DE filter?

    Any hardware store will have dust masks, should be good enough to stop any worries about breathing the DE.
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    IG plaster pool 18.5K gal, Hayward Pro-Grid DE filter, 3/4 HP Hydramax II; Polaris 380, 3/4 HP booster
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