First and foremost, I like this forum! Thanks to all who contribute.
How did I get here? I'm revamping my pool equipment this year and came up with the idea of using a peristaltic pump for dispensing chlorine. I posted a question about it on another forum, the only reply I got back was to check out this forum. So here I am. I've been reading and my Stenner idea has been confirmed. Thanks for that confirmation.
Plus after reading "pool school" and most every other FAQ here, I realized I'm a BBB guy. And I didn't even know it had a name!
Background (it may or may not be pertinent):
1) I'm going to upgrade to an Intelliflo pump this year. Most likely the VS. I don't have crazy water features, etc, I just have the pool and the spa. From what I've read the VF can be a little tricky or finicky. I'd prefer to go fairly low-rpm/flow for say "X" hours a day of straight filtration. Just enough to keep the skimmer functioning. Then high-rpm for Spa use or sidewall cleaner use for maybe 1 or 2 hours a day, or as needed. Initially I thought I'd go VF, but the more I read about VF I steered myself towards VS. With the few hundred $$ savings I figured why not put the savings to a new filter. I'm due for new carts this year, so that steered me towards a new filter too.
2) I may go with Intellitouch for automation. Again, nothing fancy, Just trying to make things more user-friendly for the family when I'm out of town. I travel regularly.
Can a filter be too large? As far as my needs go, I've never had any difficulty with my pool. I only had one algae outbreak but that was years ago. I was out of the country for a while and the warm weather hit before I had a chance to open up my pool. I have a cartridge filter and my plumbing is not set up to vacuum to waste. So my solution after killing the algae was to sprinkle some DE into my skimmer until I saw a bump in filter pressure. Then I vacuumed to the filter. The DE-coated cartridges caught the algae and after a filter cleaning, all was well.
Looking at filters I initially thought I'd just do a larger Pentair C&C, since that's the style I have now. I know carts. I'm happy with carts. Then I read up on the Quad DE filters. They appeal to me. Finer filtration, etc.
I have trees around my pool. I do open up fairly early in the year and close up late, at least compared to anyone else I know that has a pool. I am susceptible to pollen and catkin attacks in the spring. Falling leaves in the fall. Again, I travel.
So would a Quad DE 100 be absurdly large? I wouldn't back wash, I'd probably direct-plumb it. So no multi-port or slide valves, unless someone can tell me that's a big mistake, and why it would be a big mistake. The only real negative I can even think about with a large filter is when I have to charge the carts with DE. Will an IntellifloVS on high speed be able to properly disperse the DE-laced water fed through the skimmer to evenly coat the cartridges on a Quad DE 100? That might be a dumb question...but hey, I'm not above asking anything dumb. I'd rather ask inquisitively before the purchase than with moaning and groaning remorse after the installation.
Thanks in advance!