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Thread: Considering replacing to sand filter?

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    Marana, AZ

    Considering replacing to sand filter?

    After cleaning out the cartridge for my Hayward X-Stream (again) the last time, I noticed that the water still looked very dirty every time after I vacuumed. Putting a nylon over the return showed me that junk was bypassing the filter cartridge and getting blown back into the pool. Opening the filter housing and looking at the cartridge / housing proved that the circle the cartridge sits on had somehow gotten slightly warped, just enough so the cartridge doesn't sit snugly and allows some debris to bypass the cartridge. I hosed the cartridge down, put the filter back together, and then when I turned it on I noticed a leak between the top and bottom parts of the filter housing. I did put the ring on snugly. So it looks pretty evident I need a new filter - even though my X-Stream (and pool) is only 3 years old. I've been wanting a sand filter since last year, however, as my friends who have them all love them. I have questions though:
    1. The pump that came with my filter is a Hayward Power-Flo matrix (1 hp.) It is still a very good pump. Would I still be able to use it with a sand filter?
    2. The pump and filter is on one of those black equipment pad things. Would I be able to use it for a sand filter? Or would I be able to find one that I can use with that pump and a sand filter?
    3. The only plumbing I have is a hose from the pool to the pump, a hose from the filter to the pool, a 3 way valve in case I ever needed to bypass the filter but use the pump, and 2 simple valves so I could isolate the filter to drain. Oh, and I also have a backwash hose for when I drain the filter. Is there any other plumbing I would need?
    Above ground soft side Omega pool
    20 feet diameter, 4 feet deep
    Hayward sand filter
    Hayward 1 HP Matrix pump
    Hayward Aquabug Automatic Pool Cleaner

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    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Considering replacing to sand filter?

    Good Morning, swimgirl,

    1. Sure, you can use the same pump.

    2. The sand filter might have a larger footprint but, if it'll fit on, then you can use it. If not, ready-made concrete pads are inexpensive (around 20, I think)

    3. I don't think so. A pic would help but it seems like yours would be a very simple install for a new sand filter.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: Considering replacing to sand filter?

    Sounds like you have everything covered. Make sure you get the filter with the multiport valve. The only other thing I can think of that you'll need is some sand! You don't want to forget about that.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
    24' x 52" Round AGP. 2hp/¼hp SPL Power-Flo 2-speed pump. 200sqft Waterway Cartridge Filter. 45MHP2(3GPD) Stenner Peristaltic Pump
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