I took apart the lateral assembly on my Pentair Meteor to clean all the stuck sand in the laterals... STUPID! Zeo Sand, with a dental pick. They were all but completely clogged with tiny sand bits embedded in the lats.
I'm now reassembling the laterals into their threaded base.
Q: Do I need to wrap the threads with teflon tape?
They weren't originally... but the previous owner did a lot of things wrong anyway, so I don't necessarily trust that as an indicator.
Q: Also, how tight do I tighten the lats when I thread them back in?
They have a molded in wrench nut on the back of them, so I am assuming more than hand tight, but probably just snug, yeah?
Any tips for doing this, as it seems I will have to do all but about 2 of them inside the filter housing, since they don't fold. FUN!
I also noticed that the plastic injection mold operators at the factory didn't do their job properly, and nearly 80% of many of the laterals grooves to let water through, were plugged with plastic membrane from the molding process. Blowing air through these yielded EXTREMELY reduced airflow, indicating definite blockage by the excess plastic, compared to the others from a different mold number on the machine.
So I spent time fixing that too, being careful not to widen the grooves too much.
Q: Ever seen that with lats?
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