Changing sand/fixing filter

notsofast

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Jun 22, 2017
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P.O. France
Hi all,
Sand has started entering my pool so I assume the that there is a problem with my filter so I need to empty the sand to see if it is repairable. The filter is an Astralpool 800mm diameter filter with a side-mounted multiport valve. I have removed the top cover which exposes the diffuser but I cant seem to remove this. Are the diffusers normally screwed on or should it pull off? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
 

kimkats

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It should just pull off BUT someone may have glued it :( We have seen that happen before. See if you can find the manual online to make sure. Good luck and let us know what you find.
 

Bama Rambler

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On those filters I believe the diffuser is threaded onto the standpipe. The standpipe is connected by the bulkhead fitting on the side of the body.
 

notsofast

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Jun 22, 2017
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P.O. France
Thanks for the replies. In the end I made up some metal hooks and it pulled off after a bit of a struggle! Now the fun part comes as I try and remove the 350 kgs of sand from it in a confined space!
 

MyAZPool

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Thanks for the replies. In the end I made up some metal hooks and it pulled off after a bit of a struggle! Now the fun part comes as I try and remove the 350 kgs of sand from it in a confined space!
@notsofast
When I changed out my filter media several years back, I used a 16 gal Craftsman wet/dry vacuum. It went fairly quick, all things considered. Depending on the size of the filter, you will need to dump it several times but sure beats trying to use a small coffee can or similar.
r.
 
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