My first post!
I had a walmart intex sand filter and pump (bought from Walmart) for my previous 18' round intex pool. When that pool liner wore out I tried in vain to patch it. It came to the point where patching was a full time job and the pool still leaked. I gave up and bought the intex 26' round on sale at the end of last season at Walmart. I could not believe how much bigger the new pool was than my 18'. Since I had a sand filter I did not even bother to inbox the intex 633T cartridge filter that came with the pool. Over the last few weeks my pump started making noise. I was slamming my pool (thank trouble free pools) and pump was on 24 hrs. It got louder and louder. Couple of nights ago I was listening to it while trying to sleep wondering what the neighbors thought about it. The next day I took it apart and replaced the bearings. I thought it would be easy but somehow in the process I shorted the coils😢.
I did not want to go back to the cartridge filter that came with it. I loved the sand filter. Then I got the idea of hooking up the new intex 633T that came with the pool (without cartridge in it) to the remaining sand filter from the old intex sand filter pump. I turned it on expecting a problem, but... It works. The water is being circulated better than before. Even allows me to sweep the pool better than before.
Question: has anyone else done this?
Does it shorten the lifespan of the cartridge filter motor to hook it up to a sand filter?
Any other thoughts of possible problems?
Would there be any advantage to putting a cartridge into it?