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The zodiac G4 pool cleaner has slowed down considerably and now gets stuck on the drain so i have to continually drag it off so it will circle the rest of the pool

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  • glennab1 Oct 04, 2009

    Thanks for the infor. When you say the "main drain", do you mean the drain on the bottom of the pool? If so, how do you shut it off. Also, the Zodiac has slowed way down. It used to go around the pool pretty fast. The Zodiac is plugged into one of the side drains in the pool.



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Your Zodiac should ballence all suction with the skimmer and no suction should go through the main drain. A main drain is better called a deep suction to collect heavy dird and your cleaner is a roveing suction and replaces the drain. If both are on the two suctions pulling against each other will always stop the cleaner.

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  • Kieran Ruppert Oct 05, 2009

    Yes the main drain is the drain in the bottom. The suction on the cleaner can be adjusted in many ways from pool to pool. A positive way is to dive down and pull the grate and install a expanding rubber plug. They come in sizes to slip into the pipe (probally 1.5"or 2") and you just tighten a wing nut screw to make it expand against the walls of the pipe and provide a positive seal. If you live where it is cold this has to come out to winterize the pool. When you say the cleaner hooks into the side of the pool; If this is a port that is dedicated to just this line you probably have a valve at the equipment that shuts the drain off and one or two more to balance the cleaner and the skimmer. If it runs through the skimmer then there is probably a port in the skimmer that controls the main drain and it is hard to say where to find it without the brand. The two most popular have two holes in the very bottom. Usually (That is to say industry standered) the hole closest to the pool is the main drain and the rear or one away from the pool has all the suction. Be careful with the pump on you can break a finger from the suction, so don't get to close. A little dirt in the skimmer will tell the tale. The other hole will have threads that you can screw a plug into, again 1.5or2". If it is an old skimmer these threads can be worn out and an expansion plug will again be necessary. A mixing valve will control the skimmer and cleaner at that point.I'm sorry to say there so many different styles it would be hard to cover a small sampling of them. i hope this helps again and if you need further help see if you can describe the skimmer and where the pipes go into it and the valves at the front of the pump, just the ones that go into the basket not the ones that come out of the filter. good luck



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