I noticed a single pinhole leak in the upper half of my stainless steel DE filter housing. Not much at the the start then all but absent (but not quite) in a day once the DE fills it .
1- Is this a sign that I need to be seriously considering a new housing? I don’t want to be scrambling to try & figure out last minute waht I need to buy.
2- I’ll definitely go with a plastic housing next time, right?
3- I’ve read to get an oversized filter, is 48SF oversized for my situation?
4- I’ve been reading the forum re the different between DE vs. cartridge & can’t make up my mind (if indeed I need to be getting a new one soon) so I’ll keep reading, but any comments along these lines are welcomed. My issue/complaint now: it isn’t easy to
- remove the can’s drain plug with a monkey wrench
- remove the grid assembly
-hose it off 15-20 min
- reinstall grids
- lube huge o-ring if needed
- reattach drain plug
-reattach that huge ring tapping all the while to secure the upper & lower pieces
-add the new DE
- sit around & look for leaks, tighten more if needed but don’t over-tighten
- it’s every bit of a 60 minutes job. I don’t consider myself ”handy” (plumbing electrical etc) but I am fit & don’t mind hard labor so I don’t want to sound lazy & I can do this the rest of my life, but if the cartridge is FAR less easy I’d like to know that. If the filter was more accessible it wouldn’t be so difficult; can some plumbing be done to move it to a more accessible location? I see why people backwash instead.
- are the new plastic housings easier?