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Thread: Can you operate the cleaner without a back up valve?

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    Can you operate the cleaner without a back up valve?

    I usually don't have any areas where the cleaner (Kreepy Krauly Legend) gets tangled up or stuck, but I do have reason to think my back up valve may be having some problems. So, the question is can I remove the back up valve and operate the cleaner without it installed? Am I going to create problems or damage something else such as the pump or the cleaner itself?

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    Re: Can you operate the cleaner without a back up valve?

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    Re: Can you operate the cleaner without a back up valve?

    I run my Polaris without a backup valve and it works fine. It actually works better than it does with the valve in place... I can't see any way it could possibly damage the pump or cleaner....

    My pool doesn't have any trouble spots, so I don't need to worry about it getting stuck. If I had a ladder or something, I would probably use the backup valve.

    -Matt
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    Re: Can you operate the cleaner without a back up valve?

    Quote Originally Posted by MSL View Post
    I run my Polaris without a backup valve and it works fine. It actually works better than it does with the valve in place... I can't see any way it could possibly damage the pump or cleaner....

    My pool doesn't have any trouble spots, so I don't need to worry about it getting stuck. If I had a ladder or something, I would probably use the backup valve.

    -Matt
    I just had my backup valve punk out on me. It is stuck in the reverse cycle and never diverts water to the cleaner itself anymore. I was thinking of running the cleaner without the valve while I waited for the replacement to be delivered.

    Did you just use a regular swivel to couple the two hose ends that normally couple with the valve?

    Even better - is there a way to jury-rig the existing (broken) backup valve so it is always diverting to the cleaner and never cycles into reverse mode? That way, I don't have to pay $20 for a swivel that I will use only for five days.

    Any info would be appreciated. Thank you!

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    Re: Can you operate the cleaner without a back up valve?

    Quote Originally Posted by squirk View Post
    I just had my backup valve punk out on me. It is stuck in the reverse cycle and never diverts water to the cleaner itself anymore. I was thinking of running the cleaner without the valve while I waited for the replacement to be delivered.

    Did you just use a regular swivel to couple the two hose ends that normally couple with the valve?

    Even better - is there a way to jury-rig the existing (broken) backup valve so it is always diverting to the cleaner and never cycles into reverse mode? That way, I don't have to pay $20 for a swivel that I will use only for five days.

    Any info would be appreciated. Thank you!

    I just used a small piece of hard plastic hose to join the 2 sections. I no longer had a swivel... I ran it that way for about 6 months before I bought a new Polaris and replaced the old hose.
    20k Gunite/Fiberglass
    Hayward SP2302VSP
    Pentair LA-MS05 BoostRite
    Pentair Quad D.E. 100 sq ft

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