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Need to know on sta-rite model t-200bp filter which way handle goes on backwash and rinse?

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First, let me inform you that if you contact Pentair, either through email or phone, and let them know that you can not read the valve label on your filter, they will send you one through the mail.

One thing that helped me remember the position of the valve handle was that the WASTE position is always located over the Waste Port on the filter. If you know where the FILTER position is, stand by the filter so that FILTER would be at the top, or the "12 o'clock" position. Now, going to the right, clockwise, the positions are as follows: FILTER, RINSE, RECIRCULATE, BACKWASH, CLOSED, WINTERIZED, WASTE.

To change the position of the handle, you will need to stop your pump, push down on the handle-lifting up the pointed end- spin the handle so that the pointed end will sit pointing toward the position you want.

If you do no have an Owner's Manual, you can find one online at the following link:

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