by Rob Cox, May 01, 2011
How to easily Change your Pool Filter Sand
When Should You Change Pool Filter Sand?
How Do You Get to the Sand?
First, drain the tank by removing the drain plug on the bottom of the tank. Allow several hours or overnight for full drainage.
Side Mount Valves: Use the filter dome removal wrench to remove the top dome on the filter. Reach in and push the baffle out of the way.
Top Mount Valves: With a hacksaw, cut the incoming and outgoing pipes at a point which allows 3" of clear pipe to use a coupling or union to reattach the valve after changing the sand. After cutting the pipes, remove the clamp assembly where the valve joins the tank. If no clamp exists, the valve likely threads into a collar in the top of the filter tank. After removing the clamp, twist and wiggle upwards. Pry with large flathead screwdriver if needed. Cover the standpipe with an upside down cut, or plug or small towel.
How Do You Remove the Pool Filter Sand?
How Do You Replace the Pool Filter Sand?
Here's a video on replacing the sand in a side mount, Purex Triton II sand filter:
For more information on replacing pool filter sand, see our Pool Info article Changing Pool Filter Sand