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    Hand Cleaner : Make

    I was looking for a good way to clean small debris off the bottom of the pool without having to get out the hose and vacuum attachment. I saw this (Amazon.com : Zodiac 5-500-00 Professional SpaWand Hand Held Pool and Spa Cleaner : Swimming Pool And Spa Supplies : Patio, Lawn Garden) hand-pump cleaner on Amazon for for about $30. You put one end in the water then pull the plunger on the other end. Supposedly, it sucks the dirt right up (I have never used one so I can't vouch for how well it works or how well it is built). I wondered if I could build my own. I'm not very handy, so I am proud of what I came up with.

    Five foot long PVC pipe with a check valve (one-way valve). Added a piece to both ends to narrow the openings. The top end is narrow enough to be covered by my thumb. To use, simply cover the thumb hole, place in water just above the dirt, release the thumb. Water rushes in to fill the PVC pipe sucking the dirt along with it. The check valve prevents the dirt from falling back into the water. To empty, turn upside down and pour into the skimmer basket.

    Cost to build: ~$12



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    Re: Hand Cleaner : Make

    Let s know how it works. Why empty dirty contents back into skimmer basket?
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    Re: Hand Cleaner : Make

    Works great! I certainly would not want to clean a whole pool with it, but perfect for between vacuuming. I have a nearby ceder tree which drops tiny little needles in the water. Plus I have super fine dust kicked up from the lawn mower. This device works great on both. Not sure how well it would work for anything heavy like sand though.

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    Why empty dirty contents back into skimmer basket?
    Just to save water... But could just as well dump on some plants that need watering.
    TF-100 | 13.6k gal (24' Round) AG | Chlorine | Sand Filter | Two Speed Motor | Installed June 2014 | Last Opened April 24 2016

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