Category: Pool Filters

Dirty Hayward Filter Fingers - Before
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My Hayward Critter is Slowing Down

The Haywood vacuum critters are a lifesaver. I wrote in an earlier post that I purchased Wanda the Whale and have been extremely happy with her since. She saved me countless hours of standing out in the hot sun vacuuming the pool. Satiated Wanda What I have found, however, is that when Wanda is satiated […]

Wanda the Pool Cleaning Whale
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Wanda the Pool Cleaning Whale

I received Wanda the Whale and I’ve got to tell you, it’s one of the best pool-related purchases I’ve ever made. Actually it’s the second best right behind my Hayward DE pool filter. When I received the box I realized that Wanda was manufactured by Hayward. Once I saw the brand name I expected nothing […]

Dirty Pool Water
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Why is My Hayward EC40 DE Filter Not Working?

This is a common question. The scenario goes something like this: You turn on your filter, the water flow is great but shortly thereafter, anywhere from 2 minutes to 15 minutes or more, you notice the water flow slows down. If left alone the flow coming from your Hayward EC40 DE filter all but stops.

Cleaner Water
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Dirty Pool Full-Court Press

I know full court press is a basketball analogy but that’s what I decided to do to get my pool clean. Enough of this half hearted attempt at getting the pool clean. It’s time to spend an entire day getting up close and personal with the pool. I decided to treat the pool like a […]

Soak pool filter in acid
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5 Minutes of Pressure with My Hayward DE Filter

I know I should have given up a few days ago, but I’m still trying to make my “deal” work. If you’ve read more than one post, you know I’m starting this pool season with a very dirty pool. There are leaves at the bottom, bugs and all kinds of yucky stuff.

Another Hayward EC40 DE Filter Discovery
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Another Hayward EC40 DE Filter Discovery

Okay, if you’ve read any of the other posts on this blog, you know that I’m working with a second hand Hayward DE EC40 Perflex pool filter. When I first got it I took it apart to see how it works. It wasn’t until I got it working that I learned that some of the […]

Adding Diatomaceous Earth to a DE Filter
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Adding Diatomaceous Earth to a DE Filter

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.

Don’t Throw the Old Filter Away
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Don’t Throw the Old Filter Away

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. If something isn’t working properly, replace it. The parts are replaceable and interchangeable.