Bought this to upgrade from the intex filter that came with the pool. This system works very well. Took about an hour to setup, Another half hour to to learn how to use it. This is my first sand filter, so i was not sure how it even worked. But once i figured it, works like a charm. i have a 16x48 pool and the water is always clean and clear. Love it.
I purchased this pump as a replacement for the one that came with my Intex 10x18 pool package (came with a very small pump). This pump is designed to work only with Intex-type pools - not permanent pools. My only complaint is that the pump did not come with hose adapters (the hoses are slightly bigger than the hoses that came with my pool). I ordered the adapters through Intex (I went to a local pool store and they were unable to help me find the right adapter). This pump uses a larger size filter (size B) which I was not able to find in stores (only size A). I ordered the filter online as well (filters are widely available online but not in stores). I only have to change the filter every other week (I only have one extra filter - simply hose off the used filter and replace it with the clean filter). Intex recommends shut-off valves (my pool did not come with shut-off valves and they are very expensive to purchase on-line) when you change the filters. I resolved this issue by raising the pump higher than the pool when changing the filter (just put it on a small table) and the water does not flow out of the pool (the black little caps that come with the pool fell off when I tried to use them to block the water from coming out of the pool). You have to be creative when you have one of these pools, just small bumps in the road to pool enjoyment. The pump works great and it's very quiet. It has a timer on it so I can set it to run the pool for the amount of time I want it to run (I run it for 4 hours a day). Pump comes on and shuts off automatically. This is a powerful pump - love it. I was worried that it might be too powerful for my pool but it isn't - perfect. I have a small vacuum that I use with my pool and a surface skimmer. The pump makes both tools work better than they ever did - no debris at all. Pump has the safety GPH auto shut-off - wouldn't consider a pump without this feature. If you order this pump, do yourself a favor and order replacement size B cartridges at the same time and call or email Intex ask them if you need an adapter for your pool. This is a great pump - you will not be disappointed. Thanks, Overstock.
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