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    Can't find sand

    Hello folks.
    Just purchased an Intex Sand Filter Pump. None of the pool shops in my area have any sand!! Is there any substitute I can use for #20 silica sand or anywhere else it could be purchased. Local Walmart, Canadian Tire, and Costco doesn't have any either. Thanks for any help you can offer.
    13'x22'x52" 8,000 gallon ProSeries Pool with Borates
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    Re: Can't find sand

    I'm not sure where you'll find sand (we get ours at the closest pool store), but I recommend staying away from the Quikrete pool sand. When we couldn't find any locally we checked at the local Aubuchon hardware and they carried this particular brand. I'm not sure what the size of it was, but it was bigger than normal silica pool sand and the filtering ability was, as expected, negatively impacted by this.

    Just trying to save a fellow operator the expense of learning this lesson.
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    Outdoor Chlorine Pool/Spa (~100' from pump room):(35,000gal IG, plaster, 2 Triton TR-140 sand filters, 2 2HP pumps),(1,200gal IG, plaster, Triton TR-140, 2.5HP pump [circ.], 2 2HP pumps [jets])
    Indoor Bromine Pool/Spa:(24,000gal, plaster, Triton TR-100, 1.5HP SVRS-equipped pump),(3,200gal w/ 3 waterfalls, plaster, Sta-Rite System 3 cartridge filter, 3HP pump [circ.], 3HP pump [jets])

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    Re: Can't find sand

    None of the pool stores in your area has filter sand, and they can't get any? What part of Canada are you in?

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    Re: Can't find sand

    I'm in St. John's, Newfoundland. They can get it in, but it will take 10 days to 2 weeks!!! I'll wait that long if I have to, but I'd rather not.
    13'x22'x52" 8,000 gallon ProSeries Pool with Borates
    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
    Bestway SWG
    AquaPro ECO500 50,000 BTU heat pump
    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: Can't find sand

    amazon!
    18x52'' intex AGP, 6981 gal, 2650 intex sand filter,
    thru wall skimmer, SWG, 52'' 20G overlap liner, intex pool light

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    Re: Can't find sand

    Believe it or not, Clearwater doesn't have any sand. They have Zeobrite but that's about a dollar a pound and I need 100 pounds. I'm not paying that much.
    13'x22'x52" 8,000 gallon ProSeries Pool with Borates
    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
    Bestway SWG
    AquaPro ECO500 50,000 BTU heat pump
    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: Can't find sand

    Ace Hardware online. Dunno if they have any stores up there near you, but the HTH brand sand can be ordered and shipped to a local store for free.

    I ended up with Target brand from a pool store. I prolly should have just ordered from Ace. Target specs say it's at the top of the range for particle size (per Intex specs). I hope it works. I'll let everyone know if/when it doesn't of course.
    Where kids swim in 54 degree water, turn blue, and giggle happily cuz they got a POOL!
    Year 3 BBB -15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame - Was using (2) 1000gph Intex cartridge filters (see Full time pumping Intex). 2012, converted to 1600gph and sand filter+SWG = Sand filter love affair!
    Don't waste time and energy looking for a better value on test kits, the TF100 is the best deal around. I did the looking and spent the extra money, but you don't have to make the same mistake. Just go here: TFTestkits. I use Pool Calculator for min/max, and shocking chlorine levels.

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    Re: Can't find sand

    OK. I did find a place that carries #1 grade silica sand. They say that's what the pool supply stores in our area use, and they get it from this place. I cannot find any specs on #1 silica sand. Any advice??
    13'x22'x52" 8,000 gallon ProSeries Pool with Borates
    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
    Bestway SWG
    AquaPro ECO500 50,000 BTU heat pump
    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: Can't find sand

    try your local redimix concrete yard, some like ours, carries it

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    Re: Can't find sand

    You need grade #20. Totally different stuff.
    Where kids swim in 54 degree water, turn blue, and giggle happily cuz they got a POOL!
    Year 3 BBB -15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame - Was using (2) 1000gph Intex cartridge filters (see Full time pumping Intex). 2012, converted to 1600gph and sand filter+SWG = Sand filter love affair!
    Don't waste time and energy looking for a better value on test kits, the TF100 is the best deal around. I did the looking and spent the extra money, but you don't have to make the same mistake. Just go here: TFTestkits. I use Pool Calculator for min/max, and shocking chlorine levels.

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    Re: Can't find sand

    Ok. Here we go again. I've found "Silurian" pool filter sand at Home Hardware. But it's #18. Would this work or is it bad for the filter that requires #20.
    13'x22'x52" 8,000 gallon ProSeries Pool with Borates
    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
    Bestway SWG
    AquaPro ECO500 50,000 BTU heat pump
    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: Can't find sand

    Does it give a grain size on it?
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    Re: Can't find sand

    No it doesn't. No grain size mentioned. I assume 18 is a little larger than 20?
    13'x22'x52" 8,000 gallon ProSeries Pool with Borates
    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
    Bestway SWG
    AquaPro ECO500 50,000 BTU heat pump
    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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