Well, I've had a cloudy yo-yoing pool since I opened it this year. Meaning, it wants to clear up, and struggles to get there, then when I go to vacuum or brush, or agitate anything in the pool, it murks up and becomes cloudy (not nearly as transparent). So I decided I was a prime candidate for a deep clean, perhaps I got some nasty channeling in my sand. I've never touched the filter in the 5+ years I've lived here.
Anyhow, the multiport was conveniently plumbed with unions, so the pipes all came apart easily. Then, I removed the hose clamp securing the multiport to the filter. The multiport then popped right off with no effort, however, the 'holy cone' (that is the cone with holes) stayed in the filter on the standpipe. Looking at the picture in Smykowski's stickied Deep Clean post, you notice said 'holy cone' conveniently still attached to the multiport, appears to even be secured with a screw. However my multiport is now in two pieces, and I cannot remove said 'holy cone' from the filter standpipe.
HA! My photo theft worked, in the above picture, the cone from the blue o-ring down to the pipe which goes around the standpipe is still tightly adhered to the standpipe. This is preventing me from doing any form of deep cleaning.
I tried going all around the pipe with a small screwdriver to free the two, however they seemed married. Small white flakes keep flaking off as I flex the pipe, they appear to be chlorine perhaps? (I ran 3" tabs for years) As I got a good whiff of chlorine as I toiled. Still I couldn't pull or twist the holy cone without the pipe wanting to move. Am I not being violent enough? Or should they separate easily? I fear they've fused together, and I'll need a new standpipe (lateral assembly for my filter it appears) to get the cone out. The top 1/3" of the pipe started to crack away in chunks as I tried to separate the two.
I'd really like to try to reuse the valve, as I just put a new key/cover on it, and the body itself really isn't very old (one to two years), which makes me wonder why are they so tightly fused? I now recall I replaced the whole multiport as the body was leaking at a crack near the pressure gauge.
Anyrate, I wonder the 'holy cone' being disconnected from my multiport is affecting my filtering too.
Suggestions on how to proceed? Get a new standpipe/lateral and smash up the old one to free the holy cone from my filter? I wish I had snapped a pic when I had it off, but I hastily reassembled in case all was lost. However, I suppose even if I jack it all up, I can run the valve on recirculate and the standpipe/cone could be completely missing and it wouldn't affect operation, correct? I'd just lose any (seemingly worthless) filtering that is going on.
I'll have this pool clean yet, whether it likes it or not.
Forgive my post, I've tried to proof-read it somewhat, but my fingers betray my mind at times, and my post reads like it were written by an ape. I assure you, I'm not an ape, I'm a mostly capable auto mechanic/husband/father/humble man of God (order not significant). Mostly.