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    I just broke a pipe... :(

    I"m so upset. I FINALLY got my pool where it should be. I d know that I desperately need a new cartridge for my filter, so I was looking at at it so I could know what to buy. The info is on the back, and as I wedged myself back in there, I stepped on a pipe. Thought I was OK, until I heard the water draining out of the filter. I turned it on, and water started leaking out at the connection into the filter. I'm so afraid to look at it. What do I do???????

    Sunny SW Florida! Uncaged Free-form IG pool, Pebble-tec finish, 20,000 gallons?? (Beach entry/tanning ledge is 9' x 9'; it's free form 37' x 19'. Depth 3 feet to max 5.5 feet. There's also an attached spa with spillover: 6 foot radius. Anything else?)
    Prologic computerized thingie with SWG; 1.5 hp Hayward II Super pump, cartridge (i think) filter. (Hubby contracted the whole thing...so I don't have a detailed list on what we've got!)

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    Re: I just broke a pipe... :(

    Shut off the water to the filter. You will need to disconnect the plumbing to the filter to see if it is a broken pipe or if the fitting on the filter broke where the pipe is connected. Pipes can be replaced without too much fuss. If the filter itself is broken then it is time for a new filter. If you end up re-plumbing the equipment pad, give yourself a little more room to access the equipment and write down all the equipment information and keep it in a file.
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    Re: I just broke a pipe... :(

    What zea3 said x100. Especially the give yourself more room. I used to put in water softener system for rainsoft and hated the way some people plumbed. I was no professional plumber by any means but I was a smart one. I always left enough room when I could so you could work from any angle. Noticed I said when I could. There is always those times that things happen like when I put a system into a very small pump house per the customer. There was very little room to move before hand much less after I put all that stuff in there.
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    Re: I just broke a pipe... :(

    Thanks for the replies. If I didn't have my "over 40" eyes, I'd probably be ok. The label was on the back side and the print was so small that I needed to get eye-level with it. That's when I lost my balance and took a bad step.
    I'm going to have someone come out and look at it tomorrow. I'm worried, though. We've had a hard time lately even keeping up with the pool because our finances are so tight. Buying a new filter isn't even a possibility right now. Guess there's no options there, huh?

    Thanks for the help.
    Kathy
    Sunny SW Florida! Uncaged Free-form IG pool, Pebble-tec finish, 20,000 gallons?? (Beach entry/tanning ledge is 9' x 9'; it's free form 37' x 19'. Depth 3 feet to max 5.5 feet. There's also an attached spa with spillover: 6 foot radius. Anything else?)
    Prologic computerized thingie with SWG; 1.5 hp Hayward II Super pump, cartridge (i think) filter. (Hubby contracted the whole thing...so I don't have a detailed list on what we've got!)

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    Re: I just broke a pipe... :(

    If you could post a few pictures of the damaged section, we will be better able to advise you on your options.

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    Re: I just broke a pipe... :(

    Same position, but after stepping on a pipe (that fortunately did not break) I now hold a camera back there, trigger it blind, then look at the photo if I need anything.
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    Re: I just broke a pipe... :(

    You may not have to replace the whole filter may be able to get just the damaged part if that is what it takes.
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    Re: I just broke a pipe... :(

    I did the same thing except on my multiport valve. I stepped on the backwash pipe, ended up breaking the clear PVC pipe exiting the multiport valve. Thought I would have to replace the whole valve as the pipe was broken 1/2 way into the valve fitting as I thought you could never take a PVC joint apart. However at the local plumbing store for $25.00 they sell a 2" schedule 40 PVC joint reamer. Cleaned out in 5 minutes. Other way to clean out junction fitting is with a hacksaw blade making small slits and chipping out pieces of pipe. Send some pics of your problem
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    Re: I just broke a pipe... :( UPDATE>>>Good News!

    Hallelujah!!!! It was only the "o-ring" inside the connection into the filter!!! A $2.49 part!!!!!! Can't tell you how happy that makes me!!!!

    Now, back to the cartridge. Anyone have a great (inexpensive!) place to buy????

    Thanks again for the help, friends!!

    Kathy
    Sunny SW Florida! Uncaged Free-form IG pool, Pebble-tec finish, 20,000 gallons?? (Beach entry/tanning ledge is 9' x 9'; it's free form 37' x 19'. Depth 3 feet to max 5.5 feet. There's also an attached spa with spillover: 6 foot radius. Anything else?)
    Prologic computerized thingie with SWG; 1.5 hp Hayward II Super pump, cartridge (i think) filter. (Hubby contracted the whole thing...so I don't have a detailed list on what we've got!)

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    Re: I just broke a pipe... :(

    That is great news! I don't know if they are the least expensive but I have been happy with the service at poolcenter.com.
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    Re: I just broke a pipe... :(

    Don't know about the cart prices but, WHOOHOO on it only being an o-ring! Sometimes we get lucky.
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