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    Moving A Sand Filter

    Hey folks,

    I'm getting a new Sand Filter (the S310T2 From Hayward). I've never owned a Sand Filter before so quick question. If I install it as soon as it arrives (preffered), in 5 months I will have to move it because I'm moving the location of my pool equipment. Being that this is a 500lb filter, how would one go about doing that? Like, can I easily just it up and scoop out the sand, move it, and then put the sand back in? Or is that easier said than done, or even impossible?

    The other option is to wait 5 months to install it, but it means dealing with another 5 months of my quirky DE filter.

    Thanks
    18 X 36 In-Ground Vinyl Pool, Hayward 1 HP SuperPump, Hayward SP270T 350lb Sand Filter, CompuPool CPSC48 Salt Chlorine Generator, Hayward H400FDN 400 BTU Natural Gas Heater, 2 returns, 1 skimmer, No Main Drain

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    Re: Moving A Sand Filter

    The filter cannot easily be moved with sand in it unless you have a tractor or something mechanical. You must first empty the sand to make it manageable.. Most folks scoop out the majority of it and then use a hose to wash out the rest. It is not overly easy but not overly hard, either.
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    Re: Moving A Sand Filter

    OK, great thanks! Just making sure it wasn't next to impossible or highly discouraged or anything like that.
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    Re: Moving A Sand Filter

    I moved my 300lb filter with a dolly, but I'd think 500lbs would be a lot of weight to try that with.
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    Re: Moving A Sand Filter

    Hey Null, good to see you again

    It's possible to move a 500 lb sand filter, but you'd need to have unions and be sure that they would match back up on the new filter pad. On second thought, you can plumb it without the unions and add them when the filter is at it's new location

    As long as your DE filter is 'working', you might as well wait until the equipment has been moved.

    p.s. why the change?
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    Re: Moving A Sand Filter

    Hey Waste!

    How's it going? All is well here. I've been doing lots of upgrades over the last few years. Replaced all the piping, replaced the concrete with pavers, put in a salt water system, etc. The last area for me to address is the filter. I love how great the water looks with a DE filter, but despite all my best efforts, I've never been able to get away without having to bump the thing on a daily basis. It's inevitable though that I'll start skipping bumping it on some days, and then the pool gets little to no circulation. This shuts off the salt water system, so now it's not getting chlorine either. Next thing I know I've got algae, and now problem is even worse. So, I'm hoping to move into a filter that requires less attention. I know they say that with a properly balanced pool, this shouldn't be required for DE, but I've never been able to avoid it in my experience, so...

    But yeah, maybe you're right that I'm better off waiting for the move before I installed it. That's why I figured I'd check. Thanks!

    JohnT:
    Yeah, I agree I'd definitely have to get the sand out first. I was just making sure even that would be possible without damaging the filter (I've never owned a sand so...). Thanks!
    18 X 36 In-Ground Vinyl Pool, Hayward 1 HP SuperPump, Hayward SP270T 350lb Sand Filter, CompuPool CPSC48 Salt Chlorine Generator, Hayward H400FDN 400 BTU Natural Gas Heater, 2 returns, 1 skimmer, No Main Drain

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