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    Pool brush and pole recommendation

    Picking up my new pool cleaner tomorrow and am also in need of a new brush and pole. The brush I have now came with the house and is probably ancient as the bristles just fall out every time I brush. The pole seems to want to bend/kink also as I'm applying pressure. Seems poorly made. I'm not sure if there are different styles of bristles either or which ones are better for our pool surface

    I could ask the pool store, but I'd rather get legit recommendations rather than a sales pitch, lol.

    We have an Aqua-Glass surface which is like a fiberglass shot over the gunite. Pool is 3.5-5-3.5

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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    I've got a Stanley plastic bristle pool brush to replace one that was doing the same thing as yours with the bristle shedding. So far it works pretty well after one summer use but I think the bristles could be a little longer or more rigid. Applying even moderate pressure causes the head of the brush to scrape along in front of the bristles at certain angles. Brush head showing some corrosion already but I'm not diligent in rinsing it with tap water after use.

    I've got an old extendable aluminum pole that I inherited when I bought the house with the pool and it's holding up well despite sometimes not being able to get the extension locking nut loose to change the handle length. I've seen some carbon fiber and fiberglass poles but haven't had to purchase one of those yet...
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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    I have the following one and have had no issues with it this summer. Has stiff bristles and it works good.

    http://www.lesliespool.com/oreq-br44...sh/br4422w.htm
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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    JVTrain - I used a little o-ring lube on my locking nut. Mine was cracked, when I wrapped it with gorilla tape it was almost too tight to move. A little lube and it has worked fine all season.
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    I'll have to try that. Maybe some vaseline will do the trick!
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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    When it comes to the pole, just see which one is the heaviest and has the largest wall thickness. Most all of them are made of aluminum which is a pretty soft metal, relatively speaking, so it tends to flex a lot, especially at the joint. It may cost quite a bit more than the standard blue cheapo pole, but it will last a lot longer so cheaper in the long run.

    When it comes to the brush, I would recommend one that has curved ends and rubber bumpers. I have no experience with your pool surface but the plastic part of the brush will make marks on my plaster without rubber bumpers. I would also recommend a brush that has a fin. The purpose of this is to act like a spoiler on a car. As you push the brush through the water, the fin keeps the brush pressed against the pool's surface. For people like me with jacked up shoulders, that feature is kind of a life saver.
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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    I've recently heard of a brush called a "Wall Whale" I think it's like what Ale is talking about.
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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    If buying another one (the one I'm using was provided by the PB on handoff) I'd measure the distance from the longest side to the drain at the angle you'd be pushing the brush and then just buy a pole that length. As crazy as it may sound, I don't like adjusting the pole length with wet hands and think it would be easier to just keep moving along the side evenly rather than having to stop and adjust length. That's as long as you're not sweeping an Olympic pool that would need a 50' pole! Just something that springs to mind...
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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    What is the deal with stainless vs non bristles? Ive seen both and combo. Ill look into the recommended brushes.
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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    You don't need metal bristles for routine brushing. Just a firm plastic bristle


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    All Jandy equipment: 60sqft DE filter - 399k btu natural gas heater - Stealth pumps - iAquaLink RS8.
    Polaris 9400 on patrol.
    TF-100 in da house/TFP method in effect: FC=4-6, pH=7.5, TA=80, CH=250, CYA=50, Borate=50, CSI=-0.21

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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    Perfect! Thanks! The wall whale looks interesting...
    13000 Gal rectangle gunite w/Aqua-Glass IG lap pool built in 1987 resurfaced (Aqua-Glass) in 2010, Hayward Max-Flo VS pump (model SP2302VSP)
    Rheem Gas Heater 266,000 BTUH (P-M267A-EN-C), Hayward Pro Grid D.E. Filter model DE3620, ThePoolCleaner, CoverPro safety pool cover, TF-100 test kit w/SpeedStir

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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    I think mine is called the wall whale but it doesn't have the giant fin that like the one that Google brings up. It's a much smaller fin that's maybe 3" tall and fixed


    Curtis- 20k gallon IG gunnite/plaster with hot tub/waterfall and "grotto"
    All Jandy equipment: 60sqft DE filter - 399k btu natural gas heater - Stealth pumps - iAquaLink RS8.
    Polaris 9400 on patrol.
    TF-100 in da house/TFP method in effect: FC=4-6, pH=7.5, TA=80, CH=250, CYA=50, Borate=50, CSI=-0.21

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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    I purchased a new brush earlier this year. I was looking at the wall whale as I had heard good things about it, but couldn't find it anywhere locally or on Amazon. I ended up purchasing this one from Leslie's.

    SweepEase Aquadynamic High Efficiency Pool Brush

    It seems to have the same type of action as the wall whale, as I can easily brush down the walls with one arm. With my old brush, I had to pull the the handle toward me with one hand and push down the wall with the other. This one is much easier! I was reluctant to brush as much as I should have with my old brush, but now I don't mind it at all.

    I would definitely recommend the SweepEase, and will purchase it again when it's time for a replacement.
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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    That's the one I have! Love it.
    Curtis- 20k gallon IG gunnite/plaster with hot tub/waterfall and "grotto"
    All Jandy equipment: 60sqft DE filter - 399k btu natural gas heater - Stealth pumps - iAquaLink RS8.
    Polaris 9400 on patrol.
    TF-100 in da house/TFP method in effect: FC=4-6, pH=7.5, TA=80, CH=250, CYA=50, Borate=50, CSI=-0.21

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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    I may have to give the brush a go next year... then maybe I'll brush more often...
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    Re: Pool brush and pole recommendation

    I picked up the SweepEase and it's GREAT!! Super easy to use!! Makes brushing a piece of cake. Don't have a whole lot of experience but it's definitely easier than my standard brush I had before. Much quicker too! Thanks for the recommendation!! Haven't got a pole yet...but don't need nearly the pressure as the last brush!!
    13000 Gal rectangle gunite w/Aqua-Glass IG lap pool built in 1987 resurfaced (Aqua-Glass) in 2010, Hayward Max-Flo VS pump (model SP2302VSP)
    Rheem Gas Heater 266,000 BTUH (P-M267A-EN-C), Hayward Pro Grid D.E. Filter model DE3620, ThePoolCleaner, CoverPro safety pool cover, TF-100 test kit w/SpeedStir

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