This is my first post, though I've been reading and learning from this forum for years. I feel like this is a pretty stupid problem, but the closest thing to "plumbing" I've ever done is install a new kitchen faucet, so I'm really afraid to start hacking at pvc.
After reading here, I've determined my sand filter needs attention. Water shoots out the pump skimmer every time I turn off the pump, which does not happen when I switch to recirculate, and the pressure stays pretty high at 24. And, of course, I can't get the **** water cleared of algae. So I think there's a problem with the filter. Sand itself is only a few years old. I'm vaguely handy and I think I could manage to do the deep cleaning without too much trouble, but I don't know the best way to get to the sand. When I release the tension screws holding the valve assembly to the top of the filter, the piping is going to keep me from moving the assembly out of my way. What I want to do is take off the top and leave the filter where it is, but the only way to do that is to remove the pipes (obviously). That seems like the wrong choice. But the other option is moving the filter out from under the piping. Will I be able to do that? It seems way too heavy. Should two healthy adults be able to do it? Is that what people generally do?
(Trying to post a photo but uploading won't work for me and you probably don't need it anyway.)