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    Upgrade original filter question

    I have an 18 foot round Summer Escape pool with the original in wall skimmer with filter and pump attached. I want to upgrade the pump/filter, do I need to replace the skimmer and purchase a pump/filter unit or can I still use the skimmer and somehow attach a pump/filter unit to it? This is my first above ground pool and it was fine for the first few months, then turned cloudy and I haven't gotten it back in control. I believe part of the problem lies in the not too powerful pump. This will be a project during the fall/winter months.
    24' above ground pool; sand filter

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    Re: Upgrade original filter question

    Welcome to TFP!

    Most of the time, cloudy water is the result of a chemistry problem, and only rarely is filtering a secondary problem. Can you give a little more info on your equipment and post a latest set of test results?
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    Re: Upgrade original filter question

    I've tested my water and even tried having a pool store test it as well. We both got very similar results:
    chlorine 3
    ph 7.5
    alkalinity 100

    I'm using a Kokido 5-Way Reagent Swimming Pool Test Kit
    24' above ground pool; sand filter

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    Re: Upgrade original filter question

    We need CYA numbers (which pool stores are notoriously bad at). Take a look at Pool School (upper right corner of every page) and you'll see why we ask the questions we do.
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    Re: Upgrade original filter question

    I understand about needing correct numbers to confirm all of the chemicals are correct. Right now I'm more concerned about how to change out the filter/pump unit than fixing the water. We are almost done with swimming this season, so I'm looking at replacing the filter/pump while the pool will not be used. I'll drain, clean, and refill the pool for next swimming season.
    24' above ground pool; sand filter

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    Re: Upgrade original filter question

    Can you post a close up picture of where the pump is positioned on the skimmer? Also what is the diameter of the pipe the pump is mounted on? Do you plan to take it down and store it or leave it up all winter?
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    Re: Upgrade original filter question

    Here are photos of the filter/pump unit and the filter I currently use. I plan to drain some water and cover the pool during the colder months.
    24' above ground pool; sand filter

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    Re: Upgrade original filter question

    Buy a sand filter/pump combo and a Haywood skimmer to replace the one you have now. That pump is really on the lowest end of the scale for that pool. Or maybe you can convert that skimmer to use with a new sand filter pump?

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