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    Installed a new filter today

    Yes, we installed a Pentair Clean & Clear (Raised Port) 150 - 200 sq ft cartridge filter today.
    Note: This filter body fits 2 different (same-sized) cartridges, approx 10" X 31", one is 150 sq. ft., the other is 200 sq. ft.

    Saturday morning we added chemicals, added water, and ran the old filter for about two (2) hours before shutting down and starting demo.

    Next, we removed the 25-year-old stainless steel Nautilus 36 DE filter along with its slide valve. That big tin can was cracking, leaking and rusting, and replacement parts are not entirely available for the old Nautilus. The replacement manifold we purchased never really worked well, and the grids recently cracked, spewing DE into the pool. When it worked well, it was great, but it hasn't been great for over a year.

    Enough was enough; time for a new era in filter maintenance.

    The heat pump was originally installed on the wrong side of the equipment pad, because it was installed years after the pump and filter. The heater's 2 permanent fittings face the wrong direction, and now the filter's in and out connections are in very different locations than they were before. So we have more elbows than we'd like (Ups and downs and lefts and rights.). Well, they say that the slower your water moves through the filter, the better filtered it is. Ours will be filtered very nicely, thank you. Actually, it seems the cartridge filter provides less resistance than the DE-grid filter, as the clean-filter pressure is somewhat lower and the movement of the water in the pool is more energetic.

    We were able to plumb the vacuum-to-waste drain pipe via a new valve before the filter, instead of the backwash-filter-to-drain we had before. One nice feature we retained is the waste pipe which is connected to the house drain.

    We only wasted one fitting and a couple of inches of pipe from a bad glue job at a tough angle. Not bad for a day's work. All in all, we removed about 12 feet of pipe, and added 12 feet. We ran it for about 1/2 hour. No leaks. How did that happen? Dinner time.

    We are looking forward to filtering out the suspended DE in the pool, and then vacuuming the remaining DE off the bottom. We had been vacuuming to backwash-waste occasionally for 2 weeks, but some DE always returned to the pool. We know we'll likely have to clean the new filter soon, and often, until all the DE is out of the system.

    It was just getting dark as we were cleaning up our tools and trash. You can bet we'll be waking up with thoughts of a trouble-free filter, and lots of smiles, in the morning.
    Alan in Wellington, FL - near West Palm Beach
    15,200 gal IG, painted plaster, 1988; 200 SqFt cartridge filter, 2013; 1.5 HP 1-speed pump (uprated), 2005; heat pump, 2005;
    soon to repair (dead) SWG AquaRite T-15 cell, 2005, and replace (dead) suction-side cleaner, 2005.
    Almost everything died this winter 2012-'13, and I know we shouldn't complain... but, Arrgh!

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    Re: Installed a new filter today

    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Installed a new filter today

    Richard, you're right. But it was dark when we were finished.
    Photos, Sunday morning, before mowing the lawn:
    Note: Heat pump could not be moved due to permanent plumbing fittings.
    Water flows from suction cleaner, 1 skimmer, and main drain into pump, then out to valve - down to waste (along base of wall) or left into filter. Out the back of the filter, up, around and into heat pump. Out of heat pump, diagonally across pad to pool returns (3) and 2 aerated swim-out jets. [attachment=2:3m1xmnfg]IMG_0857-001.JPG[/attachment:3m1xmnfg] [attachment=0:3m1xmnfg]IMG_0860-001.JPG[/attachment:3m1xmnfg] [attachment=1:3m1xmnfg]IMG_0859-001.JPG[/attachment:3m1xmnfg]
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    Alan in Wellington, FL - near West Palm Beach
    15,200 gal IG, painted plaster, 1988; 200 SqFt cartridge filter, 2013; 1.5 HP 1-speed pump (uprated), 2005; heat pump, 2005;
    soon to repair (dead) SWG AquaRite T-15 cell, 2005, and replace (dead) suction-side cleaner, 2005.
    Almost everything died this winter 2012-'13, and I know we shouldn't complain... but, Arrgh!

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    Re: Installed a new filter today

    R.I.P. Thanks for years of service.
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    Alan in Wellington, FL - near West Palm Beach
    15,200 gal IG, painted plaster, 1988; 200 SqFt cartridge filter, 2013; 1.5 HP 1-speed pump (uprated), 2005; heat pump, 2005;
    soon to repair (dead) SWG AquaRite T-15 cell, 2005, and replace (dead) suction-side cleaner, 2005.
    Almost everything died this winter 2012-'13, and I know we shouldn't complain... but, Arrgh!

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    Re: Installed a new filter today

    We vacuumed to waste again, on Sunday. Doing so got rid of most of the DE on the bottom, but did stir up some, so now the water's a bit cloudy again. This 25-year-old pool has tile on the edges of the steps and the edge of the swim-out. It's rewarding to see the glossy cobalt-blue tile sparkle again. Will buy more chlorine today, Monday. Interestingly, here in South Florida, 10.5% chlorine seems to cost less (under $2 per gallon) at the nearby pool store than any other percentage in any other store. Need to adjust the chemical balance too. I didn't want to add all the chemicals, and then vacuum to waste and replace water several times, and add chemicals again. So now we're ready to balance the pool properly, and are looking forward to perfection.
    Alan in Wellington, FL - near West Palm Beach
    15,200 gal IG, painted plaster, 1988; 200 SqFt cartridge filter, 2013; 1.5 HP 1-speed pump (uprated), 2005; heat pump, 2005;
    soon to repair (dead) SWG AquaRite T-15 cell, 2005, and replace (dead) suction-side cleaner, 2005.
    Almost everything died this winter 2012-'13, and I know we shouldn't complain... but, Arrgh!

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    Re: Installed a new filter today

    Nice work! Clean and neat equipment pad.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: Installed a new filter today

    Thanks for the compliment, Dave S.
    With rain in the Monday forecast, we added chlorine in the a.m. Light brief showers at home, 10" of rain at work! Came home after work and errands to find the water MUCH clearer, and the chemical balance excellent. We're very pleased. Late Monday night brought heavy rain. Nice that we won't have to add water to the pool, but we know the chemicals will skew again. Oh well, tomorrow is another day. "Testing, 1,2,3."
    Alan in Wellington, FL - near West Palm Beach
    15,200 gal IG, painted plaster, 1988; 200 SqFt cartridge filter, 2013; 1.5 HP 1-speed pump (uprated), 2005; heat pump, 2005;
    soon to repair (dead) SWG AquaRite T-15 cell, 2005, and replace (dead) suction-side cleaner, 2005.
    Almost everything died this winter 2012-'13, and I know we shouldn't complain... but, Arrgh!

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