Nothing that can't be fixed but it seems to just be one thing after another. Started to open last week. Everything was going good... did a good backwash, got lots of good stuff out. Ran it for a day hard to get it circulating, backwashed, everything was good. Then vacuumed and it picked up lots of good stuff as well, but i probably got it a little too clogged because immediately after, when replacing DE, it all shot back through the jets.
Took it apart, busted manifold. Inspected grids, they were all good. Manifold wasn't in stock, was able to get one the next day. So, get it back together and am pumping again. Pressure is a little higher than normal but it seemed to be working good. Let it circulate part of that night, came back next morning to vacuum the DE on the bottom to find it not pumping as good. Backwashed, all clear, so what the heck. Took the top off and couldn't see anything, grids were clean (should've been a little dirty IMO). So, disassembled and found one grid had busted. Replaced it and picked up 2 extras just in case. Got it back together and am pumping once again. Came back a little later that afternoon to vacuum up the DE and high pressure, low vacuum... Dammit. Disassemble again, 7 of the 9 grids are totalled. Like, not a little bad spot but like totally beat up like I ran them over.
So.... now I'm just disgusted. I've had wet nasty DE on me for the last three days, I'm not closer, actually farther, from getting this thing going. I'm losing time trying to get it ready for Memorial Day... so close but I'm losing ground when I'm not pumping.
Right now the filter is unhooked, grids apart by the truck. Was going to take it to a local shop in the morn, get the parts and have him help me assemble it real quick but..... I'm really considering just picking up the biggest cartridge filter I can get from him and calling it good. I feel like I'm going to be worrying now about this stupid filter for awhile and if the cartridge filters pretty close to the DE, then it almost seems like a no brainer... what are the down sides, other than I already have a DE I've paid for but I'm about to spend money I can put toward the cost of a cart filter on the new grids. Am I thinking clearly or am I being dumb..........