My husband and I just bought a house with a pool two months ago. I am in charge of the pool while he is doing the lawn/garden. Luckily I found this site and have been able to figure out how to keep my pool from going green. It seemed so overwhelming but I think I understand most of the pool math so my pool is within the suggested range.
So now I am trying to figure out how to change the pump strainer basket, which is full of leaves. I think it is affecting the pressure because the filter used to go up to between 10 and 15 and now it only goes up to 3. I took pictures of my pool equipment.
Do I first turn off all the circuit breakers?
Then do I open the filter valve (the black knob at the top)?
Do I do anything else before opening the strainer basket top?
The home owner before me briefly explained the pool equipment but warned me several times to be careful whenever you work with the filter because if something is attached incorrectly part of the filter could blow up and kill someone because of the pressure. So now I am a little worried about working anywhere near the filter.
If the first part is correct, then I dump water back into the strainer basket? Do I tighten the filter first or do I start the pump and then after the air is let out then tighten the knob? There is a switch that I don't understand how it is connected to everything but it says prime.
Any help would be appreciated.