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Re: Use of pool vacuum
Try consulting the owners manual for these pool filters for more info. I can tell you that you need to have your valve set to rinse for normal vaccuming and waste for heavily soiled pools. Hope this helps.
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Do you have an in floor cleaning system? If so, the skimmer might be on a cycle and might not always have suction. Mine does this, and the skimmer (where u hook up the vacuum hose) only has suction for about 10 min. Try flipping your valve arms different ways to turn off the in floor heads
first thing you need to do is make sure the pump is primed and able to
draw water from the pool and return it with full flow to the pool. Now
turn it off and make sure that your hose fits into the suction port and
that the hose connects correctly to the vacuum head and the pool pole
fits to the vacuum head. Next you need to disconnect the vacuum from the
suction port and place the vacuum head with the hose and pole connected
to it onto the bottom of the pool. Now force the hose straight down
into the pool so it forces water into the hose and forces all the air
out of the end that connects to the suction port. Keep forcing more and
more hose into the pool until all the hose is filled with water. This
is called "sinking the hose". The end of the hose can now be connected to
the suction port. When the pump is turned on it should start pumping
water from the hose into the pump and when flow is able to draw dirt as
you move the vacuum across the bottom of the pool until it is clean. I
hope this helps.
all you need is a pole, a vacuum hose, and a vacuum head. connect the hose to the vacuum head and the head to the pole. Submerge the vacuum head and the pole into the pool and push the vacuum hose slowly straight down so that it fills with water. Once the entire vacuum hose is filled with water, plug it into the skimmer suction or wall port. You may have to adjust the valves at the pump to increase suction to wherever you have to vacuum hose plugged in to.
You should take your vacuum hose and plug it into the hole in the bottom of one of the skimmers. Fill the hose with water first or your pump will loose suction. I fill my hose by putting the head of the vacuum in the pool. Take the other end and hold it over a pool's discharge port (where the water comes back to the pool from the pump. When the air bubbles stop, put your hand over the end of the hose and move it to the skimmer and connect it.
hooking up the vacuum assembly is done at the poolside skimmer. there is a vacuum plate that goes over top of the skimmer basket, allowing you to leave the basket in place to catch any larger debris. the plate will have a fitting at the top to attach the vacuum hose. before turning the pump on, be sure to bleed the air out of the vacuum hose so the pump does not run dry.
if this is a new thing for you (like you just bought the house with the pool, or something like that), please post any further questions in the comment section, i realize this can all be sort of overwhelming at first, and often the previous owners don't leave you all the pieces you need!
Oh then you DO need help. To vacuum you don't need to change the valve setting on the filter, but if there is a valve on the intake selecting main drain/skimmer you can select skimmer only, but I usually only do this after I have the hose primed. . You attach the hose to the skimmer inlet. Usually there will be a round plate attched to the hose that fits into the skimmer ( you may have to remove the basket) If you don't have that round plate on the hose, then you can insert the hose driectly into the bottom of the skimmer. Before you attach the hose, connect it to the skimmer head on the pole. Submerge the head and hose. Allow to settle to bottom. Put all the hose into the pool. Take the other end and hold over the discharge back into the pool to fill the hose with water (prime) until air bubbles stop coming from vacuum head. Then hold your hand over the hose (to keep from loosing prime) and quickly attach to skimmer. You may hear some air, and the pump may stop pumping fully mommentairly untill it is pumping full water again. Now you can select the valve to divert all the flow from the skimmer
I have a 16 x 48 intex pool with the 1inch inlet and outlet. I purchased the intex 4000 pump. The attachments are too big for the inlet and outlet so i then purchased the adapters. The plungers are very noisy and allow air to get into the pump. I removed them and hooked the hoses up to the adapters directly. That worked as long as the adapters were new. This year the seal comes loose and allows air to get into the pump. I even tried allowing the top nut to be loose to allow air to escape. This year nothing works. The pump is just too strong for the holes. I was considering cutting the holes bigger and glueing seals on there but i was concerned about creating weak spots in the pool. I am tired of spending money on it so i did the redneck thing. I can say that because well, you might consider me one. I took the inlet hose off the connector and plugged the hole with one of those little black things. I took the hose and run it up through the hole in between the liner and the poles and down into the pool. If you run it over the top it will not work correctly. Take the hose and tie them together between the two sides as best you can to keep the hose in the pool. If you look at the smaller intex pools that dont have holes, that is how they have the pump hooked to the pool. VOILA! You have an airtight inlet to the pump. You do not need to do that to the outlet because its not sucking water its just pushing it. So, just hook the hose up as you wish. When you need to clean the filter, I put wash clothes in the hoses to plug them and voila. No air gets into the filter. Done! It is actually keeping my pool clean this year. Also, i purchased one of those aqua vacuums and it does work great for this pool. Once you get the big stuff, sweep it with a pool broom and the filter will do its job. You can vacuum these pools with the filter type pumps. Next time, i will purchase a sand filter and be done with it. Happy swimming with less work.
i need to know the same thing,I hooked everything up as it looked right but no suction?I hooked the 1-1/4 hose to the vinyl liner vac. head then hooked the other end to my intake hole wich sucks into my filter,but i notice the filter water is not circulating properly,the filter itself is drained of water? will this burn it out or what?
YOU CAN DO THIS 2 WAYS IF YOU WANT TO USE SKIMMER THERE IS A PIECE THAT GOES INSIDE SKIMMER TO ATTACH YOR VAC HOSE TO HEAD O VAC FITS ON END OF POLE TWO PUSH PIN ATTACH HOSE TO VAC HEAD AND INTO SKIMMER IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BYPASS HOOK VAC SAME WAY BUT DONT USE SKIMMER PUT HOSE OVER POOL AND DRAW WATER JUST ENOUGH TO CREATE A FLOW BY PUTTING THE END OF HOSE OUTSIDE POOL TO A WET VAC JUST LONG ENOUGH TO GET WATER FLOWING DONT KEEP IT CONECCTED LONGER THAN 20 TO 30 SECONDS GOOD LUCK