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How do you get stuck vac head out of skimmer?
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How do you switch the pump over when you want to vacuum the pool?
Normal procedure for vacuuming. With pump running,connect vac hose to vac head and lower into to pool (on vac pole), filling hose with water (push hose into water, hand over hand, to fill). When you get to the end of the hose you should see it full of water. Connect end of hose to skimmer - remove basket and push ed of hose into suction hole in skimmer. Suction should now be via the vac head - you're vacuuming. Contact me by e-mail if you need more info.
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 of the pool pump that also needs emptying occasionally. These baskets are there to protect the impeller of the pump. With most standard pools you must first take the skimmer basket out in order to connect the vac hose. This direct hookup will result in better suction at the vac head at the other end of the hose.
How do you install an in-ground swimming pool skimmer?
How do you vacuum with a Clear Water Cartridge Filter?
The only way I was able to vacuum with a cartridge filter was to cut the PVC piping between the filter and the pump and install a tee that would accomodate a backwash hose. On the return line I installed a ball valve to divert the water without going back into the pool. Hope this helps. ANSWER:: If you have a pool pump and a swimming pool cartridge filter and possibly a heater the plumbing to and from the equipment pad should be connected on the suction side of the pump to the skimmer. On the discharge side of the filter or heater that pipe goes back to the pool. Your pool vac head and hose should connect into the skimmer at some point inside the skimmer to be able to vac the pool. You have to attach the vac head to a telepole, connect your vac hose to the vac head, feed the hose into the water thus filling the hose - until you reach the loose end of the hose. Place the palm of your hand over the loose hose end while it is still under water - trapping the water in the hose- then while hand still on hose end place that end into the skimmer pulling your hand away just before you plug it into the skimmer hole. At this point your should have some sort of suction at the vac head. It may or may not have much suction depending on how the system is plumbed and at what hp the pump is rated. In other words a 1/8th hp will not produce the suction that a 1/2 hp or 3/4 hp will. If this does not work for you and you don't have those tools as described above you then may resort to a vac that will work off your garden hose -- if you have enough water pressure. The more water pressure the better. k
Where do you attach the vacuum hose to vacuum the pool?
Attach the hose to the side skimmer basket with a special plastic adaptor that fits in your size skimmer. Types of skimmers: Brands: Purex, Anthony, American Products, Pentair, Hayward are major names. Hum, not inside the skimmer basket but under it. There you will find either a disc type object much like a flying saucer. Then under that there will be 2 holes. The one, if you are looking down into the skimmer from the deck side of the pool, to back side of the skimmer - 0 0 < that one - closest to you is the suction part of the skimmer. Your hose is pushed into this hole after filling the hose with water. The "adapter" is another type skimmer as stated above that you can rotate to the left or right to achieve optimum skimmer suction. With a single hole skimmer - that hole is the suction for the vac. You just have to plug the second skimmer if you have one. Still, there is another with a hole in the side wall of the skimmer near the bottom of the skimmer. This is also the vac hole. With it you plug yoyr vac into it and then close a valve that controls the main drain. You have to remember when you are finished vacing pool you then open the main drain valve. The latter one is a quite old system made by or used by Anthony Pools. k
How do you hook up the vacuum system if you have a Hayward 210T filter?
What do you need to hook up a vacuum for cleaning a swimming pool?
Starting on the pump side (1) A leaf basket in the normal position behind the static skimmer. (2) A vacuum plate that fits over the leaf basket with a pool hose hole in it. (3) A swimming pool hose with the correct fittings on either side one side to fit into the vac plate and the other side fits onto the pool vacuum head. (4) A pool vacuum head ( I have always preferred the ones with the multitude of wheels on the front and the back. (5) A telescopic pool net pole that fits onto the vacuum head. Well, for most pools, assuming that they are in ground, you can eliminate #'s 1 and 2 above, #3. the hose can be anywhere from 30' to 50' depending upon the length of the pool and the location of the skimmer. A standard pool vac hose will fit both the standard vac head and all skimmers. #4. Would of course be a flexable vac head. Preferrably a good quality one with ball bearing wheels.
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How do you hook up the vacuum cleaner for an in-ground pool?
What causes the skimmer door not to open?
When vacuuming the pool why would the pressure be so heavy it sticks to the bottom of the pool and then loses pressure?
As you vacuum the bottom of a pool you pick up a lot of fine dust and other material it is not unusual for a filter to block up while you are vacuuming. cleaning the filter or a brief backwash will probably fix the problem RB The answer above did not address the question. The vac head needs to have the wheels adjusted if it is a wheeled vac head. If the vac head is a brush model then you need to reduce the suction some. To do that you need to open the 2nd skimmer some -if you have one. Otherwise, you have to somehow throttle down the suction when you vac pool. I had a similar problem with my vacuum in a vinyl pool. The head was too close to the liner due to the bristles being worn down. Replacing this with a vacuum head that has both casters and bristles made vacuuming much easier and more effective (no more wrestling with the vacuum). http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10927854
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Why do you get bubbles through the jet when vacuuming your in-ground pool?
It could be possible that you have pin holes or cracks in your vac hose. Otherwise, you may have a suction leak between the pump and the skimmer. Those could be at the pump: bad lid o-ring, loose pump lid, loose fittings into and out of the pump, bad pump seal. At the skimmer & plumbing: cracked or broken plumbing lines or fittings. Defective skimmer.
How do you vacuum a Doughboy and where do you plug in the equipment?
In order to vacuumn the pool you must first put in the vacuum and the hose. You can siphon the air out of the hose by putting it in front of the return to dispace all air in the hose line. Then turn off the pump. Insert the end of the vacuum line either into the port at the bottom of the skimmer in the pool or remove the skimmer basket and insert it in the bottom of the skimmer. Then after the line is secure, turn on the pump motor. Your vacuum should be ready to use (manually) or run automatically if you have an automatic pool cleaner such as an Aquabug. If you have a slimline skimmer there is a port located just below the skimmer door it is used for the vac hose. After connecting the hose you put your skimmer lid down inside of skimmer and then you can turn on pump. By doing it this way you can let skimmer basket catch all large debries. This saves on having to backwash so much.