Looking to buy a new pool pump, but unsure of how powerful it should be for my pool? Pump & Sand Filter DIY Combo?


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Jul 25, 2020
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Hello! I've got a cheap above ground pool, which now has a broken pump. I was thinking of buying a pump like this one (New 1/2HP Electric Industrial Centrifugal Clear Clean Water Pump Pool Pond Farm 794685141669 | eBay) and combining it with a cheap DIY sand filter like these people did (
). (They basically made a sand bucket with hoses on both sides and water will be filtered through the sand on its way to the pump).

Does this sound like a terrible idea? And how much HP should I be looking at for pumps for my pool?