See, I have a cartridge filter instead of the more traditional diatomaceous or sand filter. These things require cleaning and replacement. Cleaning can be as often as every couple of weeks in dirty weather or a few months when there's no sand storms, bug migration, tree blooms, or dirty dogs to mess it up. However, this year I've been pestered by caterpillars, crickets, beetles, frogs, sandstorms, and tree blooms such that I've had to clean the cartridges several times. Add to that the calcium carbonate snow that accumulates due to the chlorine generation and summer has been a pain in the pool department.
I decided to get a pre-filter to get rid of some of the crap to keep the work load down. I got one of these:
This is the Waterco Multicyclone 16. Basically, it's a Dyson vacuum cleaner that works for your pool. It goes after the motor and before the big pool filter and removes most of the crap before it gets into the filter. Theoretically it should keep me from having to clean the cartridges as often, maybe as little as once a year.
Frankly, I'm skeptical. However, after looking at the various videos and hunting around for honest reviews of the thing (I couldn't find one), I took the plunge and bought one. I just installed it today, so I don't have a history to call on, but I can say that it wasn't hard to install and looks like it's doing what they say it does. Here's the installation:
I used the glue technique I learned when I was working on the solar heater. I found out that to get the absolute best seal, forget the normal PVC cement and purple primer, go directly to the blue 'Red Hot' cement and forget the primer. That little trick took me almost a week and calls to the pipe manufacturer to discover. Here's a picture of the filter in action:
In all honesty, I can't recommend this device for other people yet, I haven't had enough experience with it yet. However, if the accumulation of particulates is any indication, this thing works. I'm going to watch it like a hawk for the next week or so (naturally, it's new and cool) then determine if it is actually doing the job it's advertised to do. I'll hook up the vacuum head and clean the pool and see what happens when I flood it with the stuff that hangs around on the bottom of a pool in the desert; that should be a good test.
At any rate, stay tuned, I should know more in a few weeks.
Edit: I've had some experience with it now, more information here <link>
What the link to the cyclone filter?ReplyDelete
Actually, there's a ton of them out there. Just type "Waterco Multicyclone" into your search engine of choice and there will be pages of them. The prices vary by about $100 (US) and there are currently three styles of them. There's the big 16 that I got, a 12 that some people have and a combination of the cyclone filter and a polishing cartridge filter for small above ground pools.ReplyDelete
What's notably missing is reviews from normal people that have the device. There aren't many of those (yet).
It's been a couple of years since the last post. Any update on performance? I'm thinking about getting one for our koi pond.
Y'know, you're absloutely right. Look at the post again in a few minutes; I'll update it right at the bottom of the post so people stumbling on to it can see it without going into the comments to hunt for it.Delete
I just updated the post, but I chose to update the later post that I pointed to at the end of this one. So, go up above and click on the link to the next oneDelete
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