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    Tampa, FLorida

    About to pull the trigger - Florida

    Just wanted to thank everyone for the great info on here. We are a couple weeks away from signing, and have learned alot while reading this board. I was able to get alot of great ideas for our in ground pool in Tampa we will have built. So far looks like we are doing salt water, krystal krete finish, heat pump, and variable speed pump, led light. My only flip flop is the De filter or cartridge, when the wife heard it was a carcinogen and needed to be backwashed in the lawn she got very concerned since we have a dog and kids. Any thoughts ?

    15x30 free form (10,500 gal) SWG
    Gunite, Game depth 3.5-5-4 ft, 1 hp Sta-Rite Super Max 2 speed pump, 53' Sta-Rite system 3 DE filter
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    Sebring, Florida

    Re: About to pull the trigger - Florida

    Welcome to the forum

    There are some other considerations probably more important when considering the type of filter you choose. Have you read the comparison article in Pool School on filters?
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: About to pull the trigger - Florida

    If your DW feels better not using DE then there's nothing wrong with a cartridge filter. I'd recommend getting as large as you can possibly get.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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    Re: About to pull the trigger - Florida

    Just FYI. It's the dry DE dust if inhaled that can cause silicosis which increases lung cancer risk by a factor of 2-4. The risk from the small amount of wet DE getting to your discharge area is lower, but a cartridge filter is fine and is what I have. As was noted, get an oversized cartridge filter so that you do not need to clean it as often. They are a pain to clean (well, at least I think so and I only need to clean it once a season).
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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