Well my grandfather always said neccessity is the mother of all inventions, so i decided right then and there i was never going to buy another one,because I was going to make my own re-fillable homemade outdoor tub / pool / water filter.
I have place several videos at the end that show this homemade water filter in action and will show an improved model within a few days.
Step 1: Materials I Had Available to Begin With
2. Wire cutters, scissors would have worked in a pinch'
3. Needle nose plyers,in my case when doing small work I use hospital tweezers,very heavy and very small.
4. Patience,determination,and the ability to keep a four year old entertained as I worked diligently on my money saving idea.
5. Imagination, it took me about twenty minutes of figuring to come up with a way ,using only the stuff i already owned.
And thats about it, once i had the idea and the supplies figured out, the time it took from concept to finished was about two hours,but now i believe i could make one in about twenty minutes now that I have gone through the first one.
Oh yeah I almost forgot, you will also need the secret ingredient,which i will name later on in this instructable.
This will be the results of our build today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0QUuvgOpSs
Step 2: Old Pool Filter to Dirty to Be Reused
Picture two shows the hole that fits over a water inlet on top of the pump setup,I also need to copy this as close as I can in order to get my homemade water filter to have a snug fit.
Other than that, it is my choice for materials used and since this will spend most of its time inside the pump and out of site,cuteness does not need to apply. My favorite of all the rules.
Step 3: Getting Started
This was to become the tube that holds the filter elements that I had chosen.
Picture two is only to show that I have copied the size and shape of the original filter,I will not leave it in there but,wanted to show it was a tight fit.
Picture three show a slightly blurry, but close up of how I left overhanging wire from cut sections and used the same overhanging wire as it's own clip to hold everything together.
Step 4: Pool Filter Hinged Lid
After this age old method of choosing was done ,I cut out a square of screen larger than needed to cover the top of my homemade filter.
Picture two, I chose to only attach with a couple of wire tips, which now act as a hinged lid.I also wanted this lid to have a little weight so the rest of the overhanging material is just folded over, into my best effort to make a circle slightly larger the the cylinder. All wire tips on this lid were then squeezed,flattened,twisted ,torqued,and otherwise placed in angles to put them out of harms way.
Step 5: The "it's to Big" Section
Step 6: Bottom and Nipple (hole in Center of Water Filter)replicating
In picture one i have cut and wrapped a cylinder the same size as the hole I am copying.
Pictures two, three, and four, I snipped down one side in three places and folded them over to make a cage dome.
picture five I attach my dome to the center of bottom screen. Notice the wire tabs I left long to be bent over and used as it's own fastening clips. Remember each wire tab must be bent and folded in a way that the tip is no longer a dangerous snag point.
Picture six has the bottom not attached yet but reversed to show the cage I have just made.
Photos nine and ten show the bottom as I trim and bend wire tabs all the way around to make a permanent bond.
And finally I have included a photo of my copy beside the original pool filter, remember the top is hinged and the bottom is locked on permanent.
Step 7: Super Secret Ingredient Time
The stuffing also comes in flat sections that can be cut to size and rolled up to fit snug into the homemade water filter,when the circulation starts to drop only the outer most edge of this roll needs to be replaced as it is the part that catches the most impurities. This will be even a bigger savings as now I am in the range of tenths of a cent for just replacing the outer most edges. When I tested this filter I had left the outdoor tub off for four days to allow some grunge to build up, after installing and turning it on in about fifteen minutes the water smelled better and was back to clear again.
First try at installing, a perfect fit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYqiqAZ3b5k
Water circulating a little slow but adding water to outdoor tub greatly improve this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-p7jMZdO-k
Here is a link to how I made the tub it's self. https://www.instructables.com/id/Beat-the-summer-heat/
After adding water to raise the level about two inches circulation is great now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krdpistN3Jw
Fifteen minutes have gone by and no more smell and water is a lot clearer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhHERTG_plQ
Stay tuned as i will show the improved version in a couple of days with flat rolled up stuffing compared to this bulk packed stuffing.