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Thread: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

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    NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    Just installed all brand new 7 full and 1 half DE grids. They replace the original grids that were 7 years old. Several had broken tips that went in to the manifold, and, one or two had damaged plastic grids. But, the PSI starting pressure is the exact same, about 9 PSI, as the old! Years ago, when my DE filter was new, my starting PSI was barely above 0, about 1 PSI. I was expected brand new grids to drop me back close to 1 PSI for starting pressure.

    I don't seem to have a blockage or a leak. Anybody have any ideas?

    Thanks

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    9 psi is pretty common, less than 1 psi is not common. What pump and filter do you have?

    It could be a bad gauge. Does the gauge go to zero when the pump is off?

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    I have a Hayward pump (same on as DE filter install in 2004) and a FNS Plus 48 filter. My motor is a 3/4 HP energy efficient Emerson, about 6 years old.

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    By the way... I replaced the grids, in a continuing saga to determine why my vacuum pressure is much lower than it used to be. I have tried half a dozen things, including replacing the grids. But I have not tried vacuuming since I just replaced the grids a few hours ago, but it seems as if my starting PSI is the same, my vac pressure will not improve. Thanks.

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    9 psi is a little high for that pump and filter combo. How many returns, and do they have directional eyeballs.

    It could be a bad gauge. Does the gauge go to zero when the pump is off?

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    I'd say the PSI is at least 7. Gauge does go to 0 when it is off. Three returns and they all have eyeballs, except one, the closest to the pump.

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    7 psi sounds about right. However, if you're having trouble getting suction, then you might have clogged suction lines. Are you getting good pressure from the returns, or does it seem weak?

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    Very good pressure from the returns. I also did the "plastic sandwich bag" test, and let my skimmer suck it in. It easily made it back to the skimmer basket.

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    Everything sounds like it is working correctly. If you are having trouble getting good suction when vacuuming, then the vacuum hose might be clogged, or the vacuum hose might have an air leak.

    I wouldn't send any more plastic or other things through the suction lines as it might result in a clog.

    When vacuuming, you should be using a vac-plate that goes over the skimmer basket so that debris does not go into the basket.

    Are you getting any air in the pump basket during normal operation or during vacuuming?

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    Vac hose works great. In fact, this spring, I bought a brand new hose and tried it. Same result - low vac pressure. I do have a skimmer plate for the skimmer basket, but that actually creates the seal with the skimmer - leaves are sucked and held in the skimmer basket, not the pump basket.

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    Try vacuuming now to see if you're getting good suction. Note that the swivel side of the hose goes on the vacuum head. The swivel side of the hose is not airtight, so it will leak air if it is connected to the vac-plate.

    If you're losing suction when vacuuming, it could be an air leak that only leaks when under the extra suction created by vacuuming.

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    Thanks. Yeah, I always make sure the end of the hose marked vac head only goes only to the vac head. I look forward to vacuuming with the new grids to see what happens!

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    Re: NEW GRIDS - SAME HIGH STARTING PRESSURE

    To me, it sounds like everything is working perfectly.
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