Assembling an above ground pool pump/filter system can be intimidating at first glance. Installing it yourself is simple if you are handy and can follow written direction and will save you money in the process. This guide will show you how to install/assemble a sand filter/pump filter system. NOTE: The system used in this guide is the SandMan pump/filter system but this guide will outline the basic steps for any sand filter system.
Review the instructions in the owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with the process.
Position the filter tank on the filter base securely next to the pool. The hoses will need to be long enough to reach both the skimmer and the return. *Note: You may need to install the pump on the base using the supplied bolts as you may need to access the bottome of the base. Double check the manual.
This particular lateral assembly has snap on laterals. You will need to assemble it inside of the tank.
Make sure that there are no leaks by the drain plug then slowly add the sand to the filter tank until the laterals are fully covered. Once the laterals are completely covered, you can level the sand as you add the rest. The amount of sand will vary by make and model. Generally you will need enough sand to fill the tank no less than ½ and no more than ¾ full. NOTE: There is an air relief attached to the lateral assembly. As you are adding the sand into the tank, try to hold the tube up against the stand pipe. The white piece on the end of this tube should be above the sand level when you are done adding sand.
With the valve in place, install the hose adapters (or union fittings depending on the model) and pressure gauge onto the valve. There may be a drain plug installed where the gauge goes. Remove it to install the gauge.You can use teflon tape to ensure a watertight seal but DO NOT use any type of plumber’s putty or “pipe dope”.
Turn the pool pump back on. Note the reading on the pressure gauge. This is the normal operating mode for your filter. When the psi reads 8-10psi above your clean filter reading, it's time again to backwash your filter.