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Why does the pool pump lose its prime when you hook the vacuum into the skimmer?

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Blanche, Like a siphon hose, once you get liquid flowing you do not want air to get in or it will interrupt the flow of liquid. If there is air in the line (vacuum hose) and no check valve (which stops this problem), you will lose prime.
IF YOU WANT AVOID LOSING VACUUM WHEN HOOKING UP YOUR POOL CLEANER HOOK POOL CLEANER TO THE END OF THE POOL HOSE TO BE USED (SWIVEL CUFF END). PUT HOSE IN POOL ALONG WITH CLEANER ON IT THEN WHERE THE WATER COMES OUT OF THE POOL INLET PLACE ON INLET FORCING WATER INTO THE THE HOSE FROM POOL PUMP, WHEN THE HOSE IS FULL THE POOL CLEANER WILL START BLOWING OUT AIR FROM THE HOSE AND FLOAT TO THE TOP AND THEN SINK AGAIN ONCE FULL OF WATER, THEN HOOK TO YOUR SKIMMER .IT SHOULD START CLEANING AFTER THAT
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Why does the pump lose its prime when the vacuum is hooked up?

You probably have air leaking through either your vac hose and/or the valve that controls your vac line. You might try replacing the gaskets on your valve stems and try a new

What is the device called that can alternate between the pool skimmer and the vacuum?

  I think you are referring to a Jandy valve.   The valve diverts water from the main drain to the skimmers. When vacuuming, turn the valve so it is pointing to the ski

How do you hook up a vacuum to a skimmer for an above-ground pool?

First off, you'll need a vacuum hose. I usually put the small end over the jet and fill the hose with water. After the hose is full put the large end in the skimmer. Place yo

Should you remove the skimmer basket when you vacuum a swimming pool?

No definitely not The skimmer basket is there to catch gross material like leaves etc you clean it out after and/or during vacuming the pool. There is another basket in front

Do you remove skimmer basket for vacuuming a pool?

  No leave it there otherwise all the leaves and rubbish will end up in the hair filter in front of the pump or worse still in the pumps impeller if you don't have a hair

How do you vacuum a pool with two skimmer baskets?

  You should have a vacuum plate to cover them both. if you have not just take the basket out of one of them and block of the hole with something that cant get sucked down