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    advice about matching pool pump and filter

    My power company offered a $600 rebate to install an Intellifo 11018 pump on my pool. I pay crazy power bills here so any help is appreciated. Remember here, that I am an idiot and never checked the specs on things when I bought the house. Right now I have a common staright pump with a 100 sq ft Staright paper cartridge filter. Well the site I bought the pump from says that the 100 ft filter is grossy underrated for the 37000 gallon pool I have. Note that I am also lazy and really hate cleaning that paper cartridge so I always toyed with the idea of a sand filter. I've read a little about the DE filters and they sound interesting. If I didn't mention it already I am also cheap and broke.
    If anybody has suggestions about pros, cons, sources, or any other useful advice it would really be appreciated. I think the only intelligent thing I ever did was find this site and ask frequently for help.
    Electrical is no problem for me and I can glue PVC together and understand simple flow and directions.

    If you have some suggestions you can consider yourself having performed a community service. I've been hogging up the electrical grid and chemical supplies for about 4 years now since I built the house. You can also look at it as helping the handicapped.

    Thanks in advance.
    37000 gallon inground vinyl
    intelliflo 11018
    Pentair 80 sand filter
    3/4 booster with polaris 260

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    Re: advice about matching pool pump and filter

    They were right, a 100 sf filter is very small for a pool that size. It will aork but it requires a lot more cleaning, as you've found out.

    Even at our electric rates I'd go for the pump with a $600 rebate. I assume it's a rebate on your electric bill over some period of time.
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    Re: advice about matching pool pump and filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    They were right, a 100 sf filter is very small for a pool that size. It will aork but it requires a lot more cleaning, as you've found out.

    Even at our electric rates I'd go for the pump with a $600 rebate. I assume it's a rebate on your electric bill over some period of time.

    Surprisingly it is a check. I just need to figure out what kind of filter to hook it up with.
    37000 gallon inground vinyl
    intelliflo 11018
    Pentair 80 sand filter
    3/4 booster with polaris 260

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    Re: advice about matching pool pump and filter

    What size filter do you have now?
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    Re: advice about matching pool pump and filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    What size filter do you have now?
    Right now I have the 100 Sq Ft paper cartridge made by Starite. I need to replace it with another and I think my best bet will be a sand filter. I was hoping to get some advice about the best match for my equipment at the best cost. I am seeing huge cost variations on the internet for the same filters.
    37000 gallon inground vinyl
    intelliflo 11018
    Pentair 80 sand filter
    3/4 booster with polaris 260

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    Re: advice about matching pool pump and filter

    Sorry about that I should have remembered. I'd go as large as you can afford, even 500 SF if you can swing it.
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    Re: advice about matching pool pump and filter

    The cost is creeping really bad on this pump replacement. My goal was to save money on electricity. If I sink a grand in a filter I have sort of defeated my purpose. I see some smaller filters on Craigs list at a reasonable cost. I was thinking that two sand filters in parallel would be the same as one huge one if you operated the controls simultaneously. Would this be a correct assumption? Would the filtration be the sum of the surface areas?
    37000 gallon inground vinyl
    intelliflo 11018
    Pentair 80 sand filter
    3/4 booster with polaris 260

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    Re: advice about matching pool pump and filter

    Parallel would work. You'll have to do a little creative operating to know when to clean them but it won't be hard to do.
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