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Thread: Sand Filter Leaking

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    Jun 2007
    Charleston, SC

    Sand Filter Leaking

    Hey Everyone,

    I was out at the pool today to clean the skimmer and noticed my sand filter was spraying a fine mist out of a pinhole crack on the side. I shut it down for fear that the whole thing might rupture and drain the pool.

    I am now trying to figure out what to do as far as a filter.

    Cartridge filters seem like an attractive option because when I currently backwash, I flood a small area of my yard that I would rather not (I know I could get a different length hose, but managing a 100-200' hose would be a pain in the butt).

    Any suggestions on what to do? My pump still seems fine, but the combos with the pump/filter are barely more expensive than the filter alone. Any preferences on filter? I would have loved to find a combo with a 2-speed pump as an excuse to go ahead and replace my current pump with a 2-speed one, but I am having trouble doing so.

    I would appreciate any thoughts, I need to order something soon. I will bypass the filter for now so I can at least keep circulation going.

    I was looking at: ... und-pools/

    What bothers me is that I don't need a 1.5 hp pump, but the 1.5hp pump package is $120 less than the 1hp pump one (what kind of sense is that?) I might just get this combo, then sell the 1.5hp pump and recoup some of the money.
    18' Round ABG (8000 gallon)
    Hayward X-Stream Cartridge Filter
    1.5hp Hayward PowerFlo Matrix Pump
    80 sq. ft. solar panels
    Goldline automated solar controller

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    Apr 2007
    SW Indiana

    Re: Sand Filter Leaking

    With a sand filter, hard plumbing the waste line into a drain is the way to go.

    I'm a big fan of sand for the simple maintenance. There's a lot of personal preference that goes into filter choice. If you deal with a lot of pollen or dirt in the water, a cartridge may not be your best choice.
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    20K Gallon 20X36 Vinyl Inground
    Hayward S244T Sand Filter with 1HP Whisperflo Pump. Liquidator C-201 and Solar Heat

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Sand Filter Leaking

    That is a great price on the X-Stream system. You can get something like the Pentair Clean and Clear CC-100 for right around $300. Of course, the pump in the X-Stream is worth more than $100, it just isn't what you want.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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