We'll eavesdrop a bit and learn how this genius plan developed.
"Let's see now. How're we going to empty the sand out of this thing. Hmmm. Let's see. We better have a meeting of the best minds in the business here at the Honorable People's Pool Filter Plant No. 1, and see how we solve this conundrum."
"Hey, Harry, Find Tom, will ya and then get your asses in here and help me. I'm stuck." "Sure thing, Boss. I'm right on it."
Sometime later in the HPPFP conference room, well, we'll join the meeting in progress...
"Dick, I dunno. The top opening is only six inches across. If you use a cup to scoop the sand out, you almost have to hold the it by the tips of your fingers to get the thing out of the filter."
"I hear ya, Tom. Keep in mind this thing holds three hundred twenty-five pounds of sand too. I'm just stumped. Harry, you've been quiet this whole session. Lost in thought?"
"Aww, guys, this is a tough problem. The only thing I can think of is how about we use the drain hole - you know, the little one-inch hole on the bottom of the filter."
"You mean the one we put in to easily drain the water out of the filter?"
"The very same. Why can't we just add water at the top and flush the stuff out the drain hole?"
"Harry, that's brilliant. That'll work. And we don't have to jury-rig anything to make it work. It's a built-in design feature."
"Y'think we need to change the specs to allow the user to hook up a hose to the drain?"
"Naw, why would we do that? It's just a drain fer Chrissakes." Call it good. Make a note on the drawing and I'll sign off on it in the morning. I'm thirsty. Let's go grab a brewski."
Now we know the extensive thought process that went into the design of this part of the filter. The good folks at Pentair (otherwise known as the HPPFP for this story) had to have divided the engineering design of this unit among at least two different shops. The rest of the filter works like a champ. I mean it's really first-rate. But, those guys in the filter drain section... Hoo-boy.
Here's what the Pentair Triton II looks like before being plugged into some user's system. That black thing with the pressure valve at the top is the part that's removed to add sand, flush sand, and do any other work needed inside the filter - which isn't much, thankfully.
|Pentair Triton II Filter|
|Np Easy Way to do It|
|Hosing Out the Old Sand|
Also, the opening. It's a fiberglass tank, so the opening is slightly rough fiberglass. Unless you wear a long-sleeved shirt or something, count on getting an armful of tiny little fiberglass particles embedded in your arm. They'll go away after a couple of itchy days.
Finally, you get to the point where it's actually hard to see any sand inside the filter. Those black things peaking from under the white pipe are called 'laterals' and they guide the incoming water up through the sand inside the filter. Don't ever break one.
|Sand All Gone From Filter|
|Accumulated Sand on Floor|
For that, as a sign that Corozal is becoming less third world every day, Prossers (a local agricultural chemical vendor) also carries a selection of pool supplies. One of those is fifty-pound bags of #20 silica sand by HTH. Just the stuff you want to stick back into your filter. Honest, you really do.
|First of Bags of Silica Sand|
|Built-in Pour Spout|
|Adding Sand Through The Filter Top|
|Six and One-Half Bags Go In|
|Dirt From Sand Going Down the Drain|
|Cody Made it All Nice and Pretty|
And, just as we finished that all up, guess who shows up? Why it's Amado Mena, owner of Easy Shipping to Belize, LLC, (http://www.easyshippingtobelize.com) with some new hoses for Huey, our erstwhile automatic pool vacuum. Perfect timing to try out the new sand except Huey managed to break some minor parts of his that are on order as we speak.
Easy Shipping to Belize's Website has all the info you need to take advantage of their services.
|Amado Mena Delivering Our Goodies|