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    Choosing between sand pumps

    Brand spanking new....just put up our pool last Saturday. (No water, NOT brave enough yet!) Getting ready to make the purchase on the pump. I thought I had made up my mind after researching Amazon, for many hours (looking at all the customer reviews). I was going to purchase the Intex 56681EGSand Filter Pump & Saltwater System Combo unit, until I read all the posts on TFP about ordering the units separately. My second option was ordering the Intex 56673EG 14 inch sand pump & the Intex 54601 EG Krystal Clear Saltwater System. This was based mostly on the customer reviews. It does appear that many from the TFP site recommend the Intex 56671EG 2650 Sand Filter instead. The price is only a few dollars more. We have a 15'x42" AG. Would the 2650 be the better purchase? I need to order it within the next 2 days. My husband will most likely be using the similar pvc set up that I have seen a few ppl post. Will he need to purchase any extra fittings, or will he be able to find most of what is needed at Home Depot or LOWES? Hoping to purchase and instal the Hayward SP1091Lx Pool skimmer/accessory kit also. Not sure if everything is included for installation. Any advice/expertise would be greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Choosing between sand pumps

    Welcome to tfp, ChickenMama

    Good call on planning to get the swg separate from the filter/pump!

    Quote Originally Posted by ChickenMama
    Would the 2650 be the better purchase?
    If you want to use a suction side vacuum, the 2650 will have more suction, but even the 1600 can vacuum. However, in terms of filter size, either will work for your pool.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChickenMama
    Will he need to purchase any extra fittings, or will he be able to find most of what is needed at Home Depot or LOWES?
    He should be able to find everything there. The trickiest part to find is the box adapter, but I am fairly certain most lowes have it (I got mine at home depot).

    Quote Originally Posted by ChickenMama
    Hoping to purchase and instal the Hayward SP1091Lx Pool skimmer/accessory kit also. Not sure if everything is included for installation.
    It should have everything.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Choosing between sand pumps

    Welcome to TFP.

    Linen has you covered. Just wanted to say hi to a fellow chicky person.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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