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    Pool full of gunk??

    Coming out of winter first time.
    Our pool is green, and full of debis. Cover ripped over winter and we didn't replace.
    Should you fill filter with de, of try to run pump/filter w/out de to get most of gunk out??
    Help!!!! What should be my plan of attack??

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    Re: Pool full of gunk??

    Gunk and "debris" should be raked out of the pool as much as possible. It's too big a job for a filter to handle. When you get all the chunky stuff out, then I'd try to vacuum to waste.
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    Re: Pool full of gunk??

    Check out this thread. My advice to him is the same I have for you. horrible-algae-after-opening-pool-can-t-see-bottom-t60308.html
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    Re: Pool full of gunk??

    Never run the filter for more than a few minutes without DE in it ... or you will be opening it up to clean the clogged grids.
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    Re: Pool full of gunk??

    woodyp,
    when you say vaccum to waste, isn't that the same as having the pump/filter on. all water/waste will go through the de filter either way, no??
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    Re: Pool full of gunk??

    Waste, if you have that setting on a multi valve, bypasses the filter so nothing goes through the DE.
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    Re: Pool full of gunk??

    Don't have that option. Wish I did.
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    Re: Pool full of gunk??

    You can add that option by putting a 3 way valve between the pump and filter. Then turn the handle and all the water does not go into the filter.
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    Re: Pool full of gunk??

    took 2 days, but once i got pH right-started clearing up right away. had to chance DE 2x, but looking well on my way.
    Did take advice from folks here, and removed as much solids as possible manually. then relyed on pump/filter.
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    Re: Pool full of gunk??

    Update--pool looks great, but hose cracked and couldn't vac out all solids which dropped out after shocking.
    Having issue with FC, my total chlorine is roughly 2-5 ppm, but can't seem to get FC up into normal range. Have added several extra shock treatments, as well as 2.5 gallon 6-8.25% bleach. FC just won't budge.
    Any thoughts??
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    Re: Pool full of gunk??

    What are shock treatments?

    Are you following this process pool-school/shocking_your_pool

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    If i were you i would take the DE filter apart and properly clean it after filtering all that **** through it.
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    Re: Pool full of gunk??

    harleysilo,
    not a bad idea. i've never taken it apart before. only have 1 yr under my belt with it.
    i was having some vac issues trying to vac out crud from bottom of pool, but attributed that to a cracked vac hose. it was suggested by friend to clean the fingers out inside the filter.
    between you nad friends advice maybe it is a good idea to take unit apart to clean.
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