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Thread: Conversion...from Baquacil to Chlorine

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    Conversion...from Baquacil to Chlorine

    Good morning!

    I'm excited to be converting, and thank you for this wonderful board / community! I will be sure to take some pics and post during the process ...

    Quick Background: My pool has not yet been opened, I'm in the planning / recon stages . I noted that the filter sand will need to be changed AFTER I've successfully stabilized chlorine levels. Currently, my filter is EMPTY and sitting in my basement since I planned to put new sand in this season ...

    My question is this: Since this is new sand, do you recommend that I change the sand again after chlorine stabilized as indicated in the conversion steps, or will the sand still be good to go since it's kind of new? Or if brand new, 2nd batch of sand will still be needed, any suggestions on how I might "plug up" my pool while I disconnect filter and re-sand it again?

    Thanks again!
    1) 10,400 gallons
    2) Sand filter
    3) Above ground
    4) Hayward Powerflo LX, 1 Hp

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    Re: Conversion...from Baquacil to Chlorine

    Welcome to TFP!

    The conversion process tends to clog up the sand with gunk, requiring the sand to be replaced at the end of the conversion.

    What kind of pool do you have? Is your filter below the pool water level?
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    Re: Conversion...from Baquacil to Chlorine

    Thanks for the warm welcome.

    Yes, it is an above ground pool, Filter is on ground next to pool, and connects about 3/4 to the top. If I disconnect the tube from the filter, water will come out, but only until it drops to the level of the "hole". I guess I could stop up the tube somehow, raise it above pool level perhaps?
    1) 10,400 gallons
    2) Sand filter
    3) Above ground
    4) Hayward Powerflo LX, 1 Hp

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    Re: Conversion...from Baquacil to Chlorine

    You can disconnect the hose from the filter and toss it over the wall of the pool, or you can block the return from inside the pool with an appropriately sized rubber stopper. The skimmer can usually be blocked with a tennis ball.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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    Re: Conversion...from Baquacil to Chlorine

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    You can disconnect the hose from the filter and toss it over the wall of the pool
    LOL ... wow how come I could not think of that? Perfect, I like that simple and direct solution ..... thanks for the, uh ... kodak moment
    1) 10,400 gallons
    2) Sand filter
    3) Above ground
    4) Hayward Powerflo LX, 1 Hp

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