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    Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    I started out on 8 May 2014 with a dark green pool. I hooked up my pump and filled the pool to the middle of the skimmer with well water. My CYA then was not measurable (totally clear solution). So after scooping out leaves and such over the next week I was adding 8.5% bleach to keep the FC at 10. I swapped and cleaned the cartridge filter 3 times. I added about 4 lbs. of baking soda.

    On 14-15 May we got about 4" of rain. I emptied water off the top to get it down to skimmer level.

    I added about 1 lb. of cya granular stabilizer last week. As of 2:40 PM Tuesday, 20 May 2014, my readings were:

    FC 12.5
    CC 0
    Ph 7.0
    TA 50
    CH 50
    CYA 35

    I added 60 oz. 8.5% bleach last night. FC went up to 16 and is still there this morning.

    HOWEVER, water is still cloudy. I can see down about 18-24".

    On Monday, 19 May, when I removed the cartridge the tower of the dirt catcher came out with it. I removed the tower and reinserted it with the other cartridge. PSI had been at 22 and went down to 12. There is no water leaking.

    Should I replace the dirt catcher AGAIN (just did this 2 years ago) or can I glue it back together?? $80 is a lot to me right now.

    15 May 2014 Before Rain




    21 May 2014 After Rain

    Last edited by k8conant; 05-21-2014 at 10:41 AM. Reason: Adding photos
    8600 gallons (18' x 4.5' round), Sherlok 120 Cartridge filter, AG installed 1999, Hayward Matrix Pro (2013), , well water topping off fill by Fire Dept. (2013)

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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    I asked: Should I replace the dirt catcher AGAIN (just did this 2 years ago) or can I glue it back together?? $80 is a lot to me right now.

    I guess no one knows. I'm turning off the pump since all it seems to do is eat electricity.
    8600 gallons (18' x 4.5' round), Sherlok 120 Cartridge filter, AG installed 1999, Hayward Matrix Pro (2013), , well water topping off fill by Fire Dept. (2013)

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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    What exactly is the "dirt catcher" do you have a picture?
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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    I don't know what the "dirt catcher" is either.
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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by FamilyGuy View Post
    What exactly is the "dirt catcher" do you have a picture?
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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    Am I correct in understanding that it fits inside the cartridge, so the water flows through it before reaching the cartridge ?
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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    Quote Originally Posted by bridgman View Post
    Am I correct in understanding that it fits inside the cartridge, so the water flows through it before reaching the cartridge ?
    The cartridge does indeed fit over it, but I don't know that water flows through it first.

    I got some J B Waterweld at the Home Depot this evening. I'm planning to take apart the filter assembly and see if I can fix it (it is broken apart at the base).
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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    I think it'll be better than I feared.

    The plastic is not actually broken but the vertical part was originally glued to the base and that came undone. My next step is to Waterweld it back together.

    It turns out that the water flows around and through the cartridge before entering the top of the dirt catcher then down and out the return. When the tower came unglued that allowed water to go directly through the return at the bottom
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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    That's good news. I haven't heard of such a dirt catcher before but hopefully some of the more knowledgeable folks here will know about it.
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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    Now the filter housing plug is leaking and the J B Waterweld was not the right thing to use. (I had to scrape off what I put on this morning). Maybe some Gorilla Glue on the dirt catcher and Teflon tape on the plug will work. I'll probably wait until tomorrow.
    8600 gallons (18' x 4.5' round), Sherlok 120 Cartridge filter, AG installed 1999, Hayward Matrix Pro (2013), , well water topping off fill by Fire Dept. (2013)

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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    Well, I went out this morning to see about fixing the filter. I thought I had left it disassembled but it was all put together. I thought my husband had fixed it so I turned the pump on. Pressure was back and there was no leak so I left it running. It's cleaning up the pool. (I can see two feet down now). FC was probably ok. I'll check again shortly because I just made a bleach run to town.

    Funny thing is: my husband came home from work and he said he never touched the filter last night. GO FIGURE!
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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    The Pool Fairy visited?
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    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
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    Re: Day 14 - Still Cloudy. Dirt Catcher problem?

    I havent seen one of those before. But sounds like you/it fixed it/itself
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