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Thread: Upgrade Pump & Filter for Intex Pools

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    Upgrade Pump & Filter for Intex Pools

    Does anyone have any experience on replacing a filter and pump on one of the Intex style pools. A co-worker has one that is failing and would like to upgrade it to a system that does not call for replacing the filter cartridges bi-weekly.

    The pool store said they had a cartridge one that would do it for $350.00. He does not know what brand or anything so I can not check it on line. FYI the pool is ~4,000 gallons so it doesn't need a large system. I have searched without any good results and thought it would be worth posting the question here.

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    Great question... I have an Intex metal frame pool and was wondering what was a good upgrade if/when this one goes out also
    Andy
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    I had to reply....

    I have a 15' easy set Intex (actually measures about 12' across the top of the open water). This year I added a 24" Hayward sand filter to it (with Zeobrite), plumbed in one additional suction port and two additional returns. I have a Hayward 1 hp pump running the whole mess (yes, I know its large, but the 3/4 hp are more difficult to get without special ordering).

    Why did I do this you ask.... Well, I got really sick of buying new cartridges for the existing filter, couldn't vaccuum with the low throughput on the existing pump, and figured anything I bought I could use when I got a larger, more permanent pool. When I get a minute I'll snap a couple of pictures of it.

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    Tom, I have a 18'x48" Intex metal frame and want to upgrade my pump and filter. I know you said the 1hp is too big. What size do you think would be good for my pool? Also, do you think the 24" sand filter is overkill or is it working just fine? How is the Zeobrite working for you? Can you tell me why and how you plumbed an additional suction and two returns (that makes it 2 suctions and 3 returns)? Please take some pics when you get a chance so I can see what I need to do.

    Thanks
    21' Round AGP, 10k gallons - 2hp 2spd pump - 300lb sand filter - Stenner Chlorine Injector - Pool Rover

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    I have a 16x48 Intex Metal Frame pool. The pump that came with the pool was just an 800gph number 637, with a size A filter. It is not even keeping up well on my other smaller pool, a 8x2 donut ring pool. (Having children 9 years apart causes one to have multiple pools lol) I honestly think there is some kind of design flaw with it, because the housing will not fill completely with water with the pump on, you can screw the top right off and no water floods out, anyway, you do not have to go with a sand filter to keep your pool clean.

    I am running just a larger 2000GPH Intex Filter Pump, and they make them up to 3000GPH I believe. I am able to run the Hayward Aqua Critter Vacuum with no problem, directly from the inflow. It just took a little creativity to get everything to fit without leaking. Of course you still have to wash the filter with the hose, and buy replacement filters, but for anyone that doesn't mind doing that, just a plain Intex pump upgrade will keep your pool clean.

    Word from the wise though, with a larger pump, you sure have to watch your TA levels, because without getting real creative on the outflow side, you just about have a fountain, and the aeration from that can cause the TA to drop when you are having trouble with PH rising and having to keep lowering that.
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    I have a 24' oval Intex with a hayward 22 inch filter and 1 HP pump also. The only problem I ran into was the fittings, Intex pool fittings did not fit/work with the pump.My pool is the bigest one they make, and this pump/filter works great. I did end up spending about $600 for the whole thing, but I am planning on using the pump/filter on a 30' Doughboy that is sitting in boxes in my garage waiting for my homebuilder to get his job done!

    For TA levels I switched my intake/outflow sides....did the trick nicely.
    Hurricane Rita did not kill me, but she killed my pool!


    Intex 36'X18'x52" "elliptical pool"/ Hayward 220 filter/1HP pump 14,364 gal, or so

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    I read with interest about all the folks that have upgraded the filter and pump on the Intex pools. What I would like to know is where you found the fittings? I have a sand filter and pump just haven't had the time to work out the plumbing. I did stop in at the local pool store and they really didn't have much. I bought a standard size return fitting with an eyeball but haven't tried to install it yet. The fitting seems to be a bit smaller than the Intex fittings as I haven't had the opportunity to really see if it fits. I found the adapter for the hose at Lowe's that will screw into the fittings. Is this the right size or do I need to order from somewhere else.

    Thanks...I'm new to pools and thanks to TFP I've been enjoying using mine.

    Jim
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    I just added a solar panel to my Intex setup and had to tackle the Intex non-standard issues. For this year's model 12 x 20 oval frame pool, standard 1 1/2" pool hoses and hose clamps are working fine. You just don't use the threaded part of the 1500GPH pump or plunger valve that lock on an Intex hose.
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    4393 Gallons according to the box.

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    upgrade intex filter to sand

    got a 15' above ground pool with 637 intex filter.. 800 gph.. want to upgrade to sand filter. know i will probably need stronger hoses, clamps..etc. anyone else have experience doing this?
    thanks
    own intex 15' above ground metal frame pool
    cartridge filter pump model 637 800gph

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    Folks, from reading here it's obvious we need a pictorial how-to and perhaps a parts list for the Intex filter upgraders.

    I'm buying a 16 '' , 1 HP Hayward Pro s166t filter pump for my Intex 12x24x52 and I'm not sure how I'm going to plumb the intake and return fittings.

    The supplied skimmer "should" work since it's designed to work with the 2500 GPH 633 Intex pump/filter. It's just getting all the plumbing set up.

    If I get this all worked out I will post back here unless someone already has this info and can save me from reinventing the wheel.

    PS- I caled Tech support at BEST BUY Pool Supply and they wouldn't even talk to me about doing a conversion to a Sand Filter because of the Skimmer Issue. Said the Intex skimmer would not work with the Hayward Sand Filter. Sounds like a lame response to me.

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    Re: Upgrade Pump & Filter for Intex Pools

    Quote Originally Posted by DrC
    FYI the pool is ~4,000 gallons so it doesn't need a large system. I have searched without any good results and thought it would be worth posting the question here.

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    I have an Intex pool that is the same size. I changed out the pump/filter with a Hayward C2251540LSS. http://www.haywardnet.com/abovegroun...m?ProductID=48 Works much better than the one that came with it.
    18X34 Doughboy, 1.5HP Doughboy Powerflo XP pump, Doughboy AquaView 24" 300 pound sand filter, TF-100 test kit

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    For those on a budget, check your local craigslist. I've seen pumps and sand filters being given away or sold for very little. Just a thought.
    24' x 52" AGP - approx 13,500 gallons
    Pentair Optiflo 1 hp/2sp pump w/ Swimpro Voyager 150 sq ft cartridge filter
    Intex 8110 SWCG
    "Fear the Schnauz!"

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    i have upgraded my filter system on my 15' AGP....

    pics here http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll82/GazzMan9/

    skimmer works a treat, and i have just bought a hoover that connects to the outlet, also works a treat

    as for connecting it all, i bought the heavy duty hose from my local pond supplier
    15 x 36 Intex AGP
    External skimmer
    Mega sand filter
    1/3 HP pump
    http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll82/GazzMan9/

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    Re: Upgrade Pump & Filter for Intex Pools

    hey all.. sorry ive been slow to respond.. finally broke down this year and bought 1/3 hp 1500gph
    filter with upgrade hoses.. all has been much better this year.. no green water! just bleach each day and run filter couple of hours.. will try to check back soon to let you know if this filter lasts.. found lots of complaints about it after i made purchase!! but so far so good.. sure would have saved me alot of head scratching the prior years with the old pump
    thanks
    own intex 15' above ground metal frame pool
    cartridge filter pump model 637 800gph

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