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    Sand in Pool

    I started my pump and filter for the first time and it was throwing sand in the pool. It did this the first start up last year too and never again the remainder of the year. Anyways, as I was vaccuming, the pump started making a strange noise and now it won't start back up. Any ideas?

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    Re: Sand in Pool

    I would guess they're unrelated.

    Sand in the pool is an issue with the laterals or standpipe. I order to really get to the bottom of it, you may need to take all the sand out to inspect the laterals/standpipe/etc.

    As for the pump, can you give a little more info on noise, heat, etc?
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    Re: Sand in Pool

    When I started vacuum, the pump started making a noise, kinda like when you slowly pour stabilizer in the skimmer you can hear it in the pump.

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    Re: Sand in Pool

    We would not know what that sounds like since we do not recommend pour stabilizer into the skimmer

    Seems like you may be hearing debris / sand going through the impeller.
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    Re: Sand in Pool

    How do you guys use stabilizer? I have an above ground and they always tell me to pour it slowly into the skimmer.

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    Re: Sand in Pool

    We recommend putting it in a sock and either hanging it in front of a return in the pool or setting it in the skimmer. That way you know when it is fully dissolved and it will not potentially clog your pipes.

    Dumping it into the filter, you never know when it is dissolved and if you backwash, you may end up losing some of it out to waste.
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    Re: Sand in Pool

    I will have to try that next time. They did advice me to not backwash for a minimum of 1 week though.

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    Re: Sand in Pool

    Well that is the thing, if you pool was a mess at the beginning of the season and you were trying to clear it, the filter could clog in hours. If you needed to add CYA, obviously putting it into the filter would not be a good idea in that case.
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    Re: Sand in Pool

    That is a great idea. Thanks again for the advice. I will definately be doing that. For now though, I need to figure out this pump. I will go out tomorrow after work and turn it on again. I did notice though the first day I turned it on, it sounded like a stone rattling around inside but it went away after a few minutes.

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