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Adding Diatomaceous Earth to a DE Filter

Diatomaceous Earth

No matter what type of DE filter you have (in my case it’s a Hayward DE40), you have to make sure you add the proper amount of DE. Adding too much means the DE will end up back into the pool and adding too little will prevent the filter from running at its best. Use [...]

Pool Pumps – Some Things Can’t be Fixed

Hayward Power Flo Pump

After purchasing the Hayward filter from my neighbor, among other things I had to spend some time getting warm and fuzzy with the pump.  Once I plugged it in and heard it roar (and I mean it really ROARED), I figured it was old and angry but it worked.  I was wrong. I was right [...]

Dismantling the Old Hayward Perflex EC40 DE Filter

Hayward EC40

As I said earlier, the best way to get to know a filter is to take it apart. The Hayward EC40 DE pool filter is an interesting little fella. Unlike my old Sta-Rite filter, in order to get to the guts of the Hayward filter, I had to remove 12 bolts before I could lift [...]

Replacing the Skimmer on an Above Ground Pool

Wide Mouth Skimmer

Because we didn’t properly close the pool at the end of the season, we had a lot of repairs to do this year. One of the most obvious repairs to be made was to replace the skimmer. The skimmer had cracked as a result of the winter’s freeze/thaw cycles. We knew we would have plenty [...]

Don’t Throw the Old Pool Filter Away

Hayward EC40

Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that you should never throw away a pool filter/pump assembly unless you’re dismantling your pool and will never need a pool filter again. However, if something isn’t working properly, replace the part. The parts are replaceable and interchangeable. Don’t toss out the filter. Here’s My Above Ground Pool Story: [...]

Connecting Those Pesky Pool Hoses

Hose Adapter

I never knew there were so many varieties of pool hoses and hose adapters. I’m not so sure if it was the pool filter manufacturer or the installation company (which later went out of business) but as I replace my old setup with the Hayward EC40 DE filter system I see that I now have [...]