How much sand in the filter?

Jerry

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I am cleaning out the snad with a hose as recommeded onanother thread....It appears that I have lost sand...it's about half full.
Sould I add sand?
 

dmanb2b

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yes you should add sand. I use 6-8 inches from the top of the filter opening as a general rule of thumb. What brand/model filter do you have? If you know this you may be able to look up the owner's manual online.
 
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Jerry

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Aug 10, 2009
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New Orleans
dmanb2b said:
yes you should add sand. I use 6-8 inches from the top of the filter opening as a general rule of thumb. What brand/model filter do you have? If you know this you may be able to look up the owner's manual online.
It's a Hayward and the label says 200 lbs.....I think I remember that being about 12" from the top.

I flushed the sand pretty well until the water was clear.....the sand is 3 years old.
Should I add or replace it all?
 

dmanb2b

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even at 10-12 inches you should be fine. IMHO sand should be flushed via backwashing...so I'm not quite sure why you are manually rinsing your sand, if I'm understanding correctly?

Given it's 3 years old replacing 200lbs will only cost you $10-$15...your choice, but IMO not needed. Good luck with the project.
 
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