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At the end of summer our Zodiac ran for about 5 minutes and then stopped.We got the pool-guys out and they said the underground pipes had a leak,they dug it all up and replaced.The Zodiac did the same.Then they said it was because of the muck on the bottom.We vacuumed that all out.(Including all the stones they dropped in the pool)replaced the diaphram and all the pipes.If I start the pump there is a lot of suction that then seems to peter out,and everything stops.Obviously the guys who diagnosed and replaced the pipes now is less than willing to help.Any suggestions?We are at a complete loss as what to do next.

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Home water pressure runs 60-80#, which a sound plumbing system should handle. Can you get into your plumbing where there is a straight shot to the pool, rig an adapter and try to back flush into the pool?

I presume your filter is clear (low pressure drop on gauge).

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With these pool cleaners, there are several things that can cause a lack of suction and movement. Make sure that the main drain and all suction lines are closed except the line you are using. Make sure there is no debris in the flapper or filter that could be clogging suction. Check the hose are ensure that there are no leaks. Check the pump basket for looseness, cracks, and worn or missing o-rings.

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