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    Can't Open Waste

    My filter is a Pentair SMBW 2048 and I'm trying to backwash, but I can't get the handle of the rotary valve to move at all. I even put a small length of pipe on the handle to get more leverage and it still won't budge. Is there some trick to moving the lever that I might not know? I checked the manual, but it just says to move the lever and doesn't mention any tricks.

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    Re: Can't Open Waste

    If you are depressing the valve handle and it still is not moving then I have no idea.
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    Re: Can't Open Waste

    Is the valve handle something separate from the lever? The lever can't be moved up and down because it's through a metal slot in the filter body that would prevent any such movement.

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    Re: Can't Open Waste

    I don't have your filter, but to turn mine I push down on handle/lever on top of multi port and then turn to desired location.
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    Re: Can't Open Waste

    This thing is just a metal lever that sticks out from the bottom of the filter. All you can do is move it back and forth between waste and pool. I suspect it hasn't been cleaned in so long that it's jammed inside. The pump basket was so crammed with leaves and debris that is was like a solid chunk when I took it out.

    The sad part is that the previous owner was a really old man who reported having a pool boy. It's clear to me that this pool boy never performed any maintenance on the filter, the pump, or the pool. The skimmer didn't even have a basket in it and the weir is missing. By some freak miracle the water parameters are almost perfect for TFP.

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    Re: Can't Open Waste

    You may end up having to get a new filter. Sad the pool boy did not do his job. Maybe someone else has this filter and can chime in.
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    Re: Can't Open Waste

    Can you post pictures? It may be a matter of taking it apart to clean out any debris jammed inside.
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