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    Newbie sand filter question

    Hi All,

    Please firstly excuse my terminology, I'm no expert!

    Is it normal for the handle on top of my sand filter which has around 8 settings to release water from the backwash outlet even when simply being depressed / turned?

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    Re: Newbie sand filter question

    Is the pump off when you are turning it (like it should be)?

    How much water are we talking about?
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    Re: Newbie sand filter question

    No. The pump is on. oops!
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    Re: Newbie sand filter question

    Then yes ... lots and lots of water
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    Re: Newbie sand filter question

    I've just started the pool up, given it a shock and added some algaecide. There's some dirt on the bottom in places which is settled 'dust'. What's the best method of getting rid of it as the vacuum just disperses it into the water?
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    Re: Newbie sand filter question

    Vacuum slower ... at least that is what I have read here (I do not vacuum).

    You are aware that you should never need to add algaecide and that the Shocking Your Pool is a PROCESS and not a one time addition of some product called "shock"

    Post up a full set of test results if you would like suggestions.
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    Re: Newbie sand filter question

    Everyone you ask would have a slightly differing opinion I guess. Does the algaecide do any harm?
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    Re: Newbie sand filter question

    Well our opinions are certainly different than the guy looking to make a sale.

    Many algaecides will only hurt your wallet. But some add copper to the water which we NEVER recommend as it can result in staining and green hair.
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    Re: Newbie sand filter question

    Oh mine is copper free!
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    Re: Newbie sand filter question

    Quote Originally Posted by darrenkarp
    Everyone you ask would have a slightly differing opinion I guess. Does the algaecide do any harm?
    Not on tfp. On here, the only time I can think of that it is commonly recommended is when doing an ascorbic acid treatment, or as extra insurance when winterizing (I don't use it when I winterize).
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