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    Recommendations for new filter?

    We had a Sta-Rite III DE filter but 20 years of weather, wear and tear, finally took it out. Any recommendations on how to choose, what to watch out for, maybe which brands, where to shop? Or should I just go over to Leslie and see what they have?
    15k gallon AG. Sta-Rite System:2 PLM-100 DE filter. Hayward Power Flo LX Pump. TF-100 test kit. Nice and Blue thanks to TFP.

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    Re: Recommendations for new filter?

    Inyo Pools and Sunplay are my two favorite online pool stores.

    Here are a couple of articles from Pool School that discuss filters.
    Pool School - Pool Filter Comparison
    Pool School - Maintenance and Cleaning of Pool Filters
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    Re: Recommendations for new filter?

    I believe that is a similar filter to what I have. Is it the type of DE where you can take the cartridge out and hose it off (vs. having to backwash)?

    What is wrong with your old filter? Did something happen to the housing, or is it just the filter media that wore out?

    If you want that same type of DE filter with the removable cartridge that is easy to hose off, I think the Sta-Rite is the only option. If you're open to changing, I would get a large cartridge filter. If you were to get a 300-400 sq. ft. cartridge filter you may only have to clean it once or twice per season. I have been thinking about replacing my Sta-Rite DE filter with a Hayward Swimclear C4030 (about $800 online).
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    Re: Recommendations for new filter?

    Hi Faby - Yes, that is exactly the filter I have, kind of a DE Cartridge. The problem is that the housing went out of round somehow, and it's nearly impossible to fit it back together without a huge effort for two people. So after two years of complaining about it we decided to do something instead. There was really nothing wrong with the Sta-Rite, other than the last couple years. And it has lasted at least 20 years. So maybe I'll go with that again. First I'll read the Pool School - Filter Comparison Article.
    15k gallon AG. Sta-Rite System:2 PLM-100 DE filter. Hayward Power Flo LX Pump. TF-100 test kit. Nice and Blue thanks to TFP.

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    Re: Recommendations for new filter?

    To complete this thread - I went with a Sta-Rite PLM100 that I purchased from InYoPool.com. It cost a little less, has twice the capacity of the PLD50, and the plumbing matches identically.
    15k gallon AG. Sta-Rite System:2 PLM-100 DE filter. Hayward Power Flo LX Pump. TF-100 test kit. Nice and Blue thanks to TFP.

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