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    Sand Filter & Dog Hair?

    I just read through the “Deep-cleaning a sand filter” thread. Very informative-Thank you Smykowski and others. I'll certainly increase my monthly Backwash from 1 minute to 4 minutes.

    I’m going on my 4th season with the pool. Although, I’m not having any issues with cloudy water or pressure increases, I’ll probably perform the deep-cleaning procedure.
    One thing that concerns me is Dog Hair (Man’s Best Friend). With a Labrador, the hair certainly accumulates in the skimmer basket and strainer’s. Literally gobs and gobs of it! I can imagine a majority reaches the sand filter. What concerns me is the hair clogging the sand-filter Laterals. Anyone with a sand-filter & swimming dogs find this as a problem?
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    Re: Sand Filter & Dog Hair?

    Stretch a knee-high stocking over the skimmer basket and let it catch the hair. http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...on-Illustrated
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    Re: Sand Filter & Dog Hair?

    That doesn't happen. The hair mats on the top surface of the sand bed. It does not penetrate much at all into the sand, let alone get down to the laterals. The mats tend to let water through quite well, and usually backwash out without problems.
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    Re: Sand Filter & Dog Hair?

    I second Richard. Just be sure the sock goes on the *inside* of the basket.
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    Re: Sand Filter & Dog Hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Stretch a knee-high stocking over the skimmer basket and let it catch the hair. http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...on-Illustrated
    Great idea! Thanks
    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion View Post
    That doesn't happen. The hair mats on the top surface of the sand bed. It does not penetrate much at all into the sand, let alone get down to the laterals. The mats tend to let water through quite well, and usually backwash out without problems.
    Makes sense-Under operation it's packed down tight and not fluidized-Duh, Thank you!
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    Re: Sand Filter & Dog Hair?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Stretch a knee-high stocking over the skimmer basket and let it catch the hair. http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...on-Illustrated


    I like this. LOVE the skimmer socks.
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