Hi all..... Well I’m not new to having a pool, but I am pool dumb.
I have a 20 x 40 in ground that is 25 years old. I put it in myself except for sanding and installing the liner. I am running a Hayward 1 ½ horse super pump and a S200 sand filter. In series with the sand filter I can valve in a Jacuzzi Splash Pac DE filter. All hoses and valves are 1 ½ inch. The pool has a bottom drain, 2 skimmers and 2 return lines. It is also plumbed for a pool cleaner that uses a booster pump. The liquid chlorine is injected into a return line via a Rolachem
The Hayward pump is being replaced next spring with a Pentair Intelliflo Variable Flow Pump. The Hayward was measured at 2075 watts (clean filter) and it runs 24/7. I have a timer wired up to the pump but let it run all day to keep the water from getting cloudy and for the chlorine injector. (I don’t think I filter enough water in 24 hours) That will be changed next year. I am going to replace the Hayward S200 sand filter (which is too small for the Pentair) with a sand filter that is bigger and has 2 inch ports. I will probably not use the DE filter. All the hoses in the pump house will be switched from 1 ½ to 2 inch.
So, the first two of my questions are:
On a top valved sand filter, when you replace the sand, how do you get the old sand out? Do you just use a small plastic bucket that fits thru the top hole and scope it out a little at a time?
Does anyone know of an on line store that sells hose fitting; 1 ½ and 2 inch size? I mean a large selection and also will sell 1 fitting at a time instead of a box of fifty?