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Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map! Doughboy Recreational manufactures a variety of pool supplies including pools, liners, pumps and their popular Doughboy sand filter.

Their sand filters use 20 grade Silica sand as a means to clean your pool water. They can carry up to pounds of sand and feature an easy-to-use sand loading port.

Hook up a sand filter pump to an above ground swimming pool

Purchase silica sand from your local pool supply store. The unit is deed to hold exactly pounds of sand. Remove the two bolts from the tank flange and lift the cover. Inside there is a pipe extending straight up.

Put a bag over the pipe to prevent sand from entering. Replace the cover and bolts.

Install the hoses as specified the manual provided with your filter. If you fail to follow the exact instructions, you can damage the system. The supply and return lines should be partially buried to prevent tripping. Control the four operating positions for your sand filter. To change the positions on the filter make sure it is turned off. Press down on the filter handle so the pressure frees it from the locking tab. Turn the handle to the desired position, allowing it to click into place.

Start the pump. If your pool was newly filled it will require about 24 hours of continuous filtering. After that, depending on the size and amount of use, you can reduce the filtration time.

Winterizing your above-ground pool requires you to drain the sand filter and the pump. Trying to remember where each of the three hoses attach to your filter, pool and pump can quickly spell disaster if you mix up the connections.

Ensure the ground is level beneath the pump and filer. Pumps can be hardwired to the breaker, or plug into an outdoor receptacle. Slide hose clamps onto each end of your flexible pool hose. Use a screwdriver to tighten the hose clamps, securing the hose to the skimmer and pump.

Connect the other end of this hose to the inlet port on the side of your pool. Elyse James began writing professionally in after deciding to pursue a career in journalism. She has written for "The Algonquin Times" as a general asment reporter and published blogs and articles on Webcitybeat.

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