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    Can I install a ball valve on my DE filter?

    Is it possible to put a ball valve on the 1 1/2" clean out of my DE filter? I would love to be able to connect the drain hose without wrestling against the water rushing out at the same time!
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    Re: Can I install a ball valve on my DE filter?

    Yes it is, in fact I rarely see a filter like that without one. Although I would recommend a gate valve since ball valves and slide valves seem to get quickly jammed up with de and get hard to operate. Gate valves look like what you would find on a spigot to turn on your garden hose. These are the only valves I've seen not get jammed up with earth
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    Re: Can I install a ball valve on my DE filter?

    Great! Doesn't have to be any special valve, just whatever I find at the hardware store?
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    Re: Can I install a ball valve on my DE filter?

    Yeah just goto lowes etc. and put some parts together just keep in mind some metal fittings have different thread types. I highly recommend gates valves since they won't get hard to turn
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