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Have you ever tried them?
Do they work any better than a garden hose?
(Mine is about 60 PSI last I checked.)
You know, I hadn't thought of that - but it's a great idea!
All it needs to do is work for a day or two while the filter is soaking
in the detergent.
Do you think it matters what detergent is used?
a) Dawn dish detergent ?
b) Laundry detergent ?
c) Trisodium phosphate ?
PS: I never understood TSP. Isn't is the same thing as laundry detergent?
I use one of those cheap 1600 PSI pressure cleaners with the nozzle
opened up all the way. It seems to do a good job without tearing up
the filter too bad.
If you are careful you can use a real pressure cleaner but don't get
too close. It is easiest if you drive a stake (EMT or something) in
the ground to hold up the filter and put a piece of 2x4 under one side
to let the water out.
On Thu, 16 May 2013 05:35:40 -0400, gfretwell wrote:
In the original picture, you can see the torn up band
around the filter - which is from the pressure washer.
The pressure washer works - but you can tear a hole in
concrete with that thing if you're not careful.
First- You need to point your hose at a 45degree angle to the pleats-
from top to bottom.
I've been using 2-3 pleated filters in the hot tub and rotating them.
I take one out- and put it in to soak-
It says overnight. I've left them for a week with no ill effects. My
filters are several years old.
When I get to it, I rinse them off good [in *my* slop sink<g>]- and
set to dry.
I just use a good hose nozzle and pressure.
I would spend the money on a sand filter with ability to backwash---
or at least get a pleated setup that backwashes.
If you've got a truck or trailer- watch craigslist for a pool someone
wants removed. I've dismantled 3 for the tin- 2 had working sand
filters. all free.
I was thinking the same thing, but would go with a DE.
I wouldn't put up with having to go through all that with
a cartridge. Plus I would expect the cost of the cartridges
to be equal to or more than the cost of buying the DE
and DE does a much better job of filtering.
It sounds like his pool is a higher end one with spa, cleaner,
automatic cover, etc. Around here, even on more basic
pools, they almost all are using DE now. Perhaps another
sign of the installers incompetence.......
cartridge filter. Also, it seems
On 5/16/2013 8:31 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I have a DE setup. They need cleaning too. I have a round waste basket
filled with muriatic acid that I soak the filter's finger assembly in.
Cleaning the DE filters with a hose requires a lot of patience since its
hard to get the hose spray into the center fingers. One year my wife
decided I should disassemble the filter and pull all the 'socks' off the
fingers so she could throw the socks in the washing machine.
It worked, but was too time consuming.
Orange flavoring.<g> It smells good enough to drink.
The ingredient list isn't real enlightening-
"sodium carbonate, sodium silicate and enzymes"
I suspect the enzymes are the key-- Kind of covers a lot of ground.
I also think that the little note "keep a clean dry spare filter on
hand" on the bottle is not just to save time. It makes sense to me
that the particulate washes off-- but all the stuff that tries to grow
in a tub or pool will die if dried out.
I used to rotate 3- but I've been using 2 for a couple years now. [I
swap filters every few weeks in a hot tub that gets used by one person
daily- and 4-5 once a week or so.]
i have a small one of these on my ocean clear filter for my marine fish
tank. i rotate 2 in use. when i pull one, it's really slimy, so i just
use my hose to knock off most of that, and then soak for a day in a
light bleach solution. leave it in the sun for another day, and put it
back on the shelf looking like new.
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