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    pool cleaner not same as filtering

    When my Polaris 360 is running, the DE filter pressure goes to 0, so there is far less filtering happening “through the DE filter" vs. when the Polaris is off.

    Lets say my pump needs to run for an 8-hour segment daily.

    On a day I wish to run the Polaris- lets say I want the Polaris going for 2 hours- when the Polaris is done at the 2-hour-mark, there only remains 6 hours. Do I need to be sure that the filter (no Polaris running) runs 2 more hours so it gets the necessary 8hrs through the DE filter?

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    19,800 gallons (closed/winter 18,654 gal); plaster; 18x34 Ft kidney bean shape, Depth 3Ft-5Ft. Built 1992
    Pentair Whisper Flow Pump 1HP. Winter safety cover w anchors.
    Sand filter, Pentair Sand Dollar Top Mount Model SD80; Effective Filtration Area 3.5SF
    - FlowRate 75GPM, 8Hr 36,000, 10Hr 45,000, 12Hr 54,000; Pressure Weight 50PSI
    BBB (Hayward Chlorinator when leave town). Polaris 360 cleaner.

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    Re: pool cleaner not same as filtering

    19,800 gallon pool divided by 360 (minutes in 6 hours) says that you need a pump that flows about 55 gpm to turn over your water in a six hour period. The 1 hp WhisperFlo runs close to 100 gpm, so you should be more than fine.

    Bruce

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    Re: pool cleaner not same as filtering

    When my Polaris 360 is running, the DE filter pressure goes to 0
    What is your normal psi?
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: pool cleaner not same as filtering

    Thanks guys.
    Bruce,
    1- You say “The 1 hp WhisperFlo runs close to 100 gpm, so you should be more than fine.”
    Do you get that from my signature or how do you know?

    2- Makes no difference if "turnover" goes thru the DE filter or the cleaner's filter? That filter in the cleaner’s clear canister ( at the pump area) is adequate?


    Duraleigh
    My usual psi is 10-12, indicated for cleaning at about 18psi. I do actually see water flow at the skimmer indicating the skimmer (& drain I assume) are still in-taking (obviously, the Polaris is working). Duraleigh, check your pm when time allows.
    19,800 gallons (closed/winter 18,654 gal); plaster; 18x34 Ft kidney bean shape, Depth 3Ft-5Ft. Built 1992
    Pentair Whisper Flow Pump 1HP. Winter safety cover w anchors.
    Sand filter, Pentair Sand Dollar Top Mount Model SD80; Effective Filtration Area 3.5SF
    - FlowRate 75GPM, 8Hr 36,000, 10Hr 45,000, 12Hr 54,000; Pressure Weight 50PSI
    BBB (Hayward Chlorinator when leave town). Polaris 360 cleaner.

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    Re: pool cleaner not same as filtering

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny B
    Thanks guys.
    Bruce,
    1- You say “The 1 hp WhisperFlo runs close to 100 gpm, so you should be more than fine.”
    Do you get that from my signature or how do you know?

    2- Makes no difference if "turnover" goes thru the DE filter or the cleaner's filter? That filter in the cleaner’s clear canister ( at the pump area) is adequate?
    I did look at your signature to see what pump you were running, and I looked at a flow chart from there. Even if you had a 3/4 HP pump you'd be pushing enough water to handle a 6 hour turnover rate.

    The pool cleaner (Polaris) is not a filter, so I would give little, if any, value to it. It will hold the big pieces of debris that it picks up but it won't really filter anything other than that.

    Bruce

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