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    Intex pump question

    Hello im new to pools and i know this is completly off subject but i have an intex 637r (1000 gph) pump and was wondering if it would be possible to leave the filter out and hook it to a sand filter? I have a muskin sand filter not sure of model number or size though any help would be greatly appreciated thank you

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    linen's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: Intex pump question

    I have done this with very poor results. Pressure runs very low and there is no way to really backwash. In a pinch, it might get you by for a few days, I would think it is better than no filter, but I am not sure it was better than the filter in the pump.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Intex pump question

    Thanks for the advice another question though is it possible to run a sand filter half full of sand

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    Oct 2009
    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Intex pump question

    You really need to put in the recommended amount.
    11,200 gal, Pebble-Tec; Tristar 2-speed 1hp - Swimclear 325 ft2 cart - SWG - A & A in-floor cleaner - Heat pump. For the poolside cooking, a Yoder Wichita and a Big Steel Keg!
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    Re: Intex pump question

    Thanks for the answers

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    Aug 2011
    Virginia Beach

    Re: Intex pump question

    I upgraded to a sand filter/new pump on ours and don't regret it for a second. I've not bought any more cartridges, and backwashing is easier than re-priming the intex pump. I still use the original one sometimes to help circulate the water or get chemicals dispersed more quickly.
    Intex Ultra Frame 18' X 48" 7600 +/- gallons
    Columbia 50 LB sand filter/ HP pump, $$ WELL spent(2nd best thing bought for the pool)
    Virginia Beach, VA
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    Leisure bay hot tub

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