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    Changing my sand mid-season (post BQ conversion)

    I changed my sand once before, but it was at the end of the season. When I close my pool, I disconnect the tank from the plumbing, so removing the the top shell from the base is easy enough at that time. Being mid-season, the tank is already connected to the plumbing. My question is do I have to disconnect the tank this time to change my sand?

    Here is my set up. Does anyone have any opinions?

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    Re: Changing my sand mid-season (post BQ conversion)

    It's too dark to see.

    If the pipes enter from the side, no. If they enter at the top, yes.

    A shop vac is the fastest way to empty it. When refilling, add some water to cushion the impact when you pour the sand in over the laterals and rubberband a baggie over the standpipe so no sand accidentally fins it's way down into the clean side of things or you'll get to vacuum it out of the pool later.
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    Re: Changing my sand mid-season (post BQ conversion)

    Thanks Richard.

    Yes the pipes enter from the side. That is my multiport valve to the left of the tank.

    On top is a black cap (That doesn't seem to want to budge at all) and the pressure release valve.
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    Re: Changing my sand mid-season (post BQ conversion)

    Quote Originally Posted by Husky25 View Post
    Thanks Richard.

    Yes the pipes enter from the side. That is my multiport valve to the left of the tank.

    On top is a black cap (That doesn't seem to want to budge at all) and the pressure release valve.
    That black cap is what you need to open.
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    Re: Changing my sand mid-season (post BQ conversion)

    Silly questions, but I have to ask...

    Do you have the wrench for the cap?

    Did you release the pressure on the system?
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    Re: Changing my sand mid-season (post BQ conversion)

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    That black cap is what you need to open.
    Tried and tried again. It won't budge.

    Last time I changed the sand (removed in September 2013, Added in May 2014), I took the top off the egg via the 27 bolts surrounding the middle.

    Is there a special wrench to remove the black cap?
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    Re: Changing my sand mid-season (post BQ conversion)

    Quote Originally Posted by tim5055 View Post
    Silly questions, but I have to ask...

    Do you have the wrench for the cap?

    Did you release the pressure on the system?
    Not silly questions.the answers are:

    1) No. I was unaware that there is a special wrench for the cap. Can you post a link or picture? My Father and I tried a strap wrench before we undid the 27 bolts around the belt.

    2) Yes I release the pressure on the system.
    Chris
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