Push-Pull vs Multi-PorFilter Valves

Poolside Chat Episode #27: Push-Pull vs Multi-Port Valves

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by INYOPools.com, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • Push-Pull vs Multi-Port Valves: Which one wins the title of Best Pool Filter Valve?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.

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how to fix a pool filter lid

Poolside Chat Episode #20: Should I Fix My Cracked Filter Lid?

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by INYOPools.com, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • Should I Fix My Cracked Pool Filter Lid?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.

Poolside Chat Episode #20 Video: Pool Filter Repair

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What is a Microban n Pool Filter Cartridge

What Is Microban and Why Is It in My Cartridge?

Microban is an antimicrobial blend that is added to products such as cutting boards, bath mats, children’s toys and pool cartridges to prevent/slow the growth of harmful microorganisms. The Microban blend is great at keeping bacteria, algae and mold from sinking its teeth into your cartridges extending their lifespan and filtering quality. However, do not get it confused with pool sanitation chemicals such as chlorine or bromine.

If you install a Microban cartridge in a filter, the same amount of chlorine or other sanitation chemicals will be required to keep your water clear. Microban material prevents the growth of those nasty slimy things on the cartridges themselves, but it does not prevent their spread elsewhere to parts like skimmers or water features. A Microban product’s reach does not extend its antimicrobial might to other surfaces or equipment. For example, if you have a Microban bath mat, you still need to clean the shower and tub, but the mat is fine. (more…)

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V-Thread, Buttress, and Clamp Style Valve

What Is a V-Thread, Buttress, or Clamp Valve?

Without checking, what thread type is on your sand filter valve? Not a clue? Do not worry, you are not the only one.

The connecting joint of a multiport valve is an afterthought to most pool owners; likely there are more pressing matters, water chemistry, air leaks and the like. The only time we notice the thread type is the third time we try screwing on a new replacement valve. That is exactly when we see that the thread on the tank is a buttress but valve is a V-thread. That is $80 for the valve down the drain. not literally of course, because the drain is not working as a result of your filter is being out of commission. And that is where we come in.

The trickiest part is that only some filter tanks can use all three of these forms.  It depends on certain factors i.e. model, year, or specific type. For example the Pentair Tagelus uses all three. (more…)

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What is a spider gasket?

What Is a Spider Gasket?

Besides having the coolest name in the world of gaskets, this spoked piece of rubber helps our water move where we want, when we want it. The spider gasket is the main diverter seal within your pool’s multiport valve. For homeowners with diatomaceous earth (D.E.) or sand filters, we know the multiport valve as “that thing with the handle”. When we turn the handle on the valve we select Filter, Backwash, or Rinse, and the spider valve is the part making sure water does not lose its way to your desired destination.   (more…)

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