First, let me say hi and introduce myself. My name is Jake and I'm from Texas. This is my first post here. My wife and I bought a house with a pool 3 years ago, and now have a little one, and now we want to get serious about maintaining the pool.
We are getting ready to replace our ancient DE filter, and I have plenty of questions. First - I want to do it myself. I know pool ownership is not cheap, but after getting ridiculous quotes for replacing the push/pull backwash valve, then doing it myself in about 15 minutes, I am a little weary of pool services.
We have a free form pool and currently have a 72 sq ft filter, which I think may be too much filter for our pool. Here are the measurements:
19' at its widest
15' at its narrowest
32' long including spa
3.5' deep in shallow end
8' deep in deep end
According to all the pool calculation calculators, that makes it around 21-22000 gallons.
The pump is 2 horsepower.
I see websites that say 48sq feet is enough for that many gallons, but maybe too small for a 2hp pump. Is this correct? Would a 60 sq ft filter be a better option, or do I, in fact, need a 72 sq ft?
Next, is the install as easy as it looks? Two screw-on connections? I measured the input and output pipes on our current one and at their centers, they are 9" and 15.5" from the ground - is this a standard measurement, or will a new filter require work to match the pipes up?
Anything else I'm missing?
Thanks for any help, and thanks for having me!