In hunting for pool sand, which is NOT CHEAP here. YIKES!!
I found a lovely secret, which I wondered about but had no way to verify it without time, testing & money of which I'm not equipped to do.
Calling around, finding prices from $20/100# - $16/50#, I felt this was rather overly priced and silly to pay that for sand. Yeah, I know it ain't free, but that's a RIP!
So I kept calling around, but changing my tactic from there on out and saying: "hey, the prices I'm finding are pretty high. I have got a 600lb filter I need to fill here and I'm really not inclined to pay $120-$150 for the sand, at best."
So I found a pool service in a nearby town, still on my side of the hill, that took pity on me and told me a little secret.
He said to call up Willamette Greystone and ask for #20 Quartz Sand.
He said; it's as good as, or better than even the glass based medias, it lasts a long time, it's super clean and very finely washed with great uniformity. He also stated that he has been using it for 20 years with no problems.
He then told me that it was just too much trouble for him to bother going over there to pick it up and load it into his pickup and bring it to me just to make $50. He'd rather I just go buy it and save some money that way.
Really nice of the guy!!
So I call them up, found out it's made by Unimin - 4095 #20 grade.
It's white sand @ $12/100# bag.
That's more like it. Only $72 ($50 savings) to fill the soon to be in my possession, monster filter.
BTW, for any of you Oregonians out there. Willamette Graystone is all over oregon with like 10 locations.
Plus I'm sure if you call around to your local distributors of quarried rock and non metallic mineral fillers, you'll find this stuff. Unimin has piles and piles of quarries all throughout North America, Canada & Mexico. So go get 'em and save yourselves some money by skipping the overpriced pool & hardware stores.
I'll definitely be picking up what I need from WG when I get my filter here. At those prices, who wouldn't!!
Plus, it sounds tried and true.
Now, for the slightly more detailed stuff and a question. ........