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Old 06-17-2006, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Issues with my System One diatom filter.

Anybody here use a System One diatom filter? I just got mine, and it leaks water everywhere. Anybody got any hints on how to attach the jar to the thing without it leaking?
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It is most likely coming from the jar seal.

Check to make sure the jar seal o-ring is seated properly and does not easily pop out. If it does, order a replacement jar seal --> http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products.../Itemdy00.aspx

Secondly, per the instructions, you need to apply a small amount of petroleum jelly (Vasoline) to the jar seal ring after it's inserted. A Q-tip works quite well for doing this, but you can just use your finger.
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Some more usage tips...

I use a digital timer with mine. I set it to go on for one hour, then off for ten minutes, on for another hour, off for 20 minutes, on for another hour, off for 30 minutes, then finally on for one more hour.

Example: ON 1:00 PM, OFF 2:00 PM, ON 2:10 PM, OFF 3:10 PM, ON 3:30 PM, OFF 4:30 PM, ON 5:00 PM, OFF 6:00 PM.

The breaks give the diatom powder enough time to fall away from the filter element without the user having to manually shut the system down and shake the jar. The falling away of the powder restores flow to the unit after gunk accumulates and covers the surface.

I also use a 3/4 cup measuring cup and icing knife to measure in the diatom powder for quick, easy, and precise measuring.

Finally, if your agitator tube or filter element do not snugly fit in place, you can help secure them by wrapping one or two layers of electrical tape around the agitator tube or connection point for the filter element on the System 1.

Digital Timer --> http://www.improvementscatalog.com/p...oduct=244692zz
3/4 cup measuring cup --> http://www.discountcooking.com/show_product/114633
Icing knife set --> http://www.bakingshop.com/bc/item/sptp-6.htm
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IMO, you are defeating the purpose and benefit of a diatom doing that. Do the instructions for the system 1 tell you to operate it that way?

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Some more usage tips...

I use a digital timer with mine. I set it to go on for one hour, then off for ten minutes, on for another hour, off for 20 minutes, on for another hour, off for 30 minutes, then finally on for one more hour.

Example: ON 1:00 PM, OFF 2:00 PM, ON 2:10 PM, OFF 3:10 PM, ON 3:30 PM, OFF 4:30 PM, ON 5:00 PM, OFF 6:00 PM.

The breaks give the diatom powder enough time to fall away from the filter element without the user having to manually shut the system down and shake the jar. The falling away of the powder restores flow to the unit after gunk accumulates and covers the surface.

I also use a 3/4 cup measuring cup and icing knife to measure in the diatom powder for quick, easy, and precise measuring.

Finally, if your agitator tube or filter element do not snugly fit in place, you can help secure them by wrapping one or two layers of electrical tape around the agitator tube or connection point for the filter element on the System 1.

Digital Timer --> http://www.improvementscatalog.com/p...oduct=244692zz
3/4 cup measuring cup --> http://www.discountcooking.com/show_product/114633
Icing knife set --> http://www.bakingshop.com/bc/item/sptp-6.htm
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