Hello! I originally had a sand filter on my pool, and the pressure gauge broke. I had a friend that was selling his DE filter at the time, and I wanted to give it a whirl. So instead of buying a new pressure gauge, I purchased his filter. I've used it for a few years and it seems ok, but nothing spectacular. It seems to do just as good of a job as my sand filter, but the sand filter was much more simple. We turned on the pool for the first time this season, and I noticed little chunks of leaves coming out of the returns. I took the filter apart and noticed 4 of the 8 grids have holes in the bottom of them. We have been talking about swapping back to sand for a while, and figured that now would be a good time. The problem is, the old plastic distributor on my sand filter broke, and I'm not sure where to find another one. Also, there is 'another part', and I can't figure out where it goes! Any ideas? With the holes in the DE, would it still filter until I can find the proper parts for my sand filter? The water looks awful!