I’ve been lurking around here for a couple of years since I bought a house with an in ground pool and have learned so much which I have to thank everyone for! I think I spent at least twice what I needed to the first year of ownership before I found TFP.
I have a DE filter question that I have never seen posted here and I imagine it is an easy one for one of the experienced gurus here.
I have a Hayward DE4800 DE filter and I have had it apart for cleaning and closing multiple times but I have the same ‘challenge’ every time I go to reassemble it. I have one dickens of a time getting the filter tank head back on when reassembling. It always seems that the filter tank o-ring is slightly too large. I use Teflon lube liberally. I replaced the o-ring last season and the head went back on pretty easily the first time. After that, it was the same old struggle. When I close the pool, I always remove, clean and store the o-ring indoors until next season. They are too expensive to replace every time I have to open the filter up!
So, gurus, are there any secrets to doing this? Am I missing something? How often should I expect to have to replace the o-ring under normal circumstances? Should I get a new one every year at the start of the season? I’ll be dealing with this again in about 30 days and thought I should seek some advice before I crack a rib trying to force the lid back into place this year!