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I have it connected to the pool side suction inlet and have the valves to the booster pump open, do I also have the skimmer open?? It is not moving

I have the polaris 280. I have the polaris line connected to the side suction of the pool and the booster pump valves open, the skimmer and botton suctions closed. It is not working. What am I doing wrong?

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I would first take it out of the water and check for proper wheel RPM. If it is less than 28 RPM or you are getting no movement at all, it is going to be a problem with the power source. It is likely going to be that your booster pump is missing, malfunctioning, or is not installed properly on the pool cleaner. There are a few other things to check. Clean the skimmer, filter and pump basket, clearing any debris that restricts water flow. Check the hoses, connections and swivels for leaks. Try removing the blue restrictor disk from the UWF or if an adjustable gate valve is installed on the booster pump or cleaner line, open it completely so water can flow freely.

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If return inlet fittings are STRONG with plenty of water returning, then that means water is being sucked from somewhere else in addition to your weak skimmer, Right?
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To increase suction at any one point, close down other suction ports. In your case probably a second skimmer that is "tee, d" together, then in which case you will need to physically plug that openings suction port, if there isnt a valve to do so. Or your bottom main drain is open ?

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what are you asking?
do you want to know how to plumb the individual pieces of equipment?
If so, skimmer port at the pool will go into the suction port of the pump, the port directly into the hair & lint pot.
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