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Thread: I swear - everything I do with this pool turns into a disaster!

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    I swear - everything I do with this pool turns into a disaster!

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    As I've mentioned before, we moved into a home with an existing pool in August of last year. It's been one disaster after another. Here's the latest...

    I decided I'd do the deep clean of the sand filter (STA-RITE T-240BP-1) over the weekend before I finished putting chemicals in for the summer... well, I loosened the unions at the hard piped waste line and return line and the sand filter tipped toward the return line (it's on a slight grade). Turns out that the cracked base (which I was aware of) was only partially supporting the filter... the main stability was coming from the PVC plumbing.

    SO... the whole thing was surrounded by a 3' high retaining wall... making it near impossible to work on - so I have to tear down the wall.

    After tearing down the wall, I see that the pump and filter are sitting on a plastic (not concrete) base... that is also deformed from the weight of the filter. And I have a filter full of sand that is too heavy to move... PERFECT!

    What a pain! What started as a plan to do a simple cleaning of the filter has now turned into tearing down and relocating a wall (forgot to mention that I'll also be chain sawing out a bush per the wife's request)... and pouring a concrete base... and most likely re-plumbing a lot of it.

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    OK - rant's over... now to a couple questions...

    1) I vacuumed out all of the sand and am trying to take the laterals out - might as well inspect it all while it is apart! But I cannot get the laterals to come out. Most will only turn about 1/4 turn then freeze up due to (I'm guessing) sand in the threads. I tried vacuuming them off and running water over them while turning, but nothing is working. Suggestions?

    2) when I pour a concrete base - how big (and deep) should I go?
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    Re: I swear - everything I do with this pool turns into a disaster!

    Oh... forgot to mention... the collector hub assembly has SWIMQUIP 24100-40 on it... so it is not original to the filter.
    30k IG vinyl w steps , Pentair SuperFlo 342001 pump, StaRite Cristal-Flo sand filter T-240-BP1
    Hayward Goldline AQR15 SWG, Dolphin Premium (aka S300i) Robot
    Borates & TF100 test kit
    200 gal hot tub (that I completely rebuilt)

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    Re: I swear - everything I do with this pool turns into a disaster!

    The pad only needs to be large enough for your filter and pump to sit on it.. beyond that it is up to you.

    Mine is appx 4 feet long by 3 feet wide. It was framed above ground with 2x6 with a base of gravel and some smaller rocks.

    I may have put some left over rebar in the pad but don't remember.

    Im in CT and we have freeze etc and have had -0- problems.
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