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    Will I know the right kind of DE to get at Lowe's?

    Is there pool DE for filters at Lowe's or Home Depot? What kind of cost should I expect and in what quantities? I won't need much to add to my sand filter for SLAMing, right? Will I use it regularly? Backwash before or after adding DE while SLAMing?
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    Re: Will I know the right kind of DE to get at Lowe's?

    I haven't seen any at Home Depot in my area. But ours doesn't even sell pool chemicals. I got mine online. About $1 a pound (25 lbs). 25 lbs should last a long time and you won't need to use it much unless a SLAM is in order.

    Make sure it says it's for pools, not food grade or pesticide use.

    http://www.amazon.com/Diatomaceous-E...pool+filter+DE
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    Re: Will I know the right kind of DE to get at Lowe's?

    Okay good. Thanks!
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    Re: Will I know the right kind of DE to get at Lowe's?

    I have seen DE at walmart
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    Re: Will I know the right kind of DE to get at Lowe's?

    Our local Lowes sells it with the other pool supplies, as I recall it is around $20 for 25 pounds, maybe a bit less
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    Re: Will I know the right kind of DE to get at Lowe's?

    I ordered it online at ACE hardware, $14 for 10# and they delivered it to the local store free of charge.

    http://www.acehardware.com/product/i...ductId=3908901
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    Re: Will I know the right kind of DE to get at Lowe's?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamalou23 View Post
    Is there pool DE for filters at Lowe's or Home Depot? What kind of cost should I expect and in what quantities? I won't need much to add to my sand filter for SLAMing, right? Will I use it regularly? Backwash before or after adding DE while SLAMing?
    I got mine at Orchard, but I'm sure other home and hardware stores have it too. It was pretty cheap.

    You add it 1/4 cup at a time, checking filter pressure until you see a 1 psi rise. Then you just let it do its work to help the sand filter do a better job.

    Whenever you backflush the filter it will all get washed away, so you will need to add more. I figure one box will last the rest of my life.
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    Re: Will I know the right kind of DE to get at Lowe's?

    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac-1 View Post
    Our local Lowes sells it with the other pool supplies, as I recall it is around $20 for 25 pounds, maybe a bit less
    Same at Fleet Farm here.

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    Re: Will I know the right kind of DE to get at Lowe's?

    I got cellulose at Home Depot. It's a DE replacement.
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