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Posted:  7/14/2005 1:47 PM #329
arnieg
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Subject: How to Remove Sand From Sand Filter?
I've got over 10 years on my sand filter (Baker Hydro F3-24-63 for Fox Pool Corp) and it just doesn't get the water crystal clear after running 24 hrs a day for over 2 weeks.

My thought is to replace the sand which is the easy part. The harder part is getting the old sand out. Looks like I would have to use some kind of scoop being careful not to damage the distributer or the laterals.

Another thought would be to use a wet or dry shop vacuum and suck it out. I have a Rigid (Home Depot) with a 6.5 hp motor. Will that idea work or is there even a better way?



Posted:  7/14/2005 3:09 PM #330
JohnT
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Easy, messy way: Remove the filter drain, turn on pump, sand comes out. If you can't tolerate sand on the ground around your filter, build a catch basin out of a tarp and landscape timbers. Most of the sand will stay in your catch basin.



Posted:  7/15/2005 1:11 PM #331
arnieg
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Posted:  7/15/2005 1:14 PM #332
arnieg
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Following is a diagram of my filter:

https://www.bakerhydro.com/BHF_KeyDiagram .cfm?Group=12&Cat=4

It looks like Key# 10, "Winterdrain Screen" might prevent the sand from getting out of the drain. What do you think?



Posted:  7/19/2005 6:27 AM #333
Glenn
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If you have a shop vac, cut a piece of 1 1/4" PVC pipe about 4'long and duct tape it to the end of the vac hose. Remove the port valve and the vac out the sand. It does work, just takes a little time and be careful not to damage the laterals. When replacing the sand, make sure you fill the filter up with water covering the laterals several inches otherwise you will crack them.



Posted:  7/19/2005 3:37 PM #334
Will
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On our Jacuzzi L250 filter, I used a big Craftsman wet or dry shop vacuum and it was a fairly quick job removing the 250 lbs. of sand. The vacuum has to be emptied often because that wet sand is heavy.



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