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Thread: changed filters and pump ---- did I make the right move?

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    Andover, New Jersey

    changed filters and pump ---- did I make the right move?

    Back in the mid 1990's we bought a home with an OLD in-ground pool. It came complete with pump and Hayward filter -- the kind with the lever that you "bump" when things clog up a bit. Now that I have found this forum, I am finding out that I have been doing things all wrong for about 18 years or so. Somehow, I have gotten crystal clear water -- usually after about three weeks of fussing and cussing, each year. I replaced the filter once, about 12 years ago. The pump has been rebuilt once also. Last year the pump started giving me problems again. This spring, I was offered a "good" - "working" (used) setup. It is a Pentair FNS plus 36sq. ft. filter and a good working pump with one hp motor. It has a fancy multiport valve on it. This business of vacuuming to "waste" and back washing is all new to me. It seems far more complicated. I guess my first question here on the forum is -- was this a good move, or maybe I should have rebuilt the old pump yet again??? Be prepared gang --- man, have I got questions!!
    16 X 32 in ground vinyl pool. It is an "vintage" (old) Spartan Pool. Pentair FNS plus DE filter w/ multiport valve. Pentair Challenger 1HP pump. The pool was old when we purchased the property 18 years ago. We installed a new liner 17 Years ago. Using the "6 spot" dip strips for testing. Located in beautiful Sussex County in northern New Jersey. Refill from a nearby (very clean) river.

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    Re: changed filters and pump ---- did I make the right move?

    Welcome to TFP!

    You'll be glad to be rid of the pool store. I don't know a lot about DE folters, but lots of people have them and like them. Here is an article from Pool School about filter maintenance that should be helpful.
    Pool School - Maintenance and Cleaning of Pool Filters
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