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    Pool opening: manual vacuum needed?

    Hello, and thanks as always for all the great info.

    I did not open my own pool last year but plan on doing so this year. Throughout the season I was able to maintain a clean plaster pool through brushing and a Polaris 360. I have a loop-loc cover so it will be definitely not be spotless when the cover comes off. My questions are:

    1) Do I need a manual vacuum for pool opening? If so, any particular recommendations?
    2) Throughout the season, am I doing myself a disservice by not using a manual vacuum occasionally and relying solely on the brush/polaris?

    Thanks again!
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    Re: Pool opening: manual vacuum needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by NOVApool View Post

    1) Do I need a manual vacuum for pool opening? If so, any particular recommendations?
    Perhaps not needed. I'd wait to see what you find when you uncover. It might only need a little leaf scooping up with a net and let the Polaris go in.
    2) Throughout the season, am I doing myself a disservice by not using a manual vacuum occasionally and relying solely on the brush/polaris?
    I don't think so. Brushing is important, but if you don't need to vacuum, why bother? I have an autocover so I only use a small Pool Blaster Max vacuum to pick up the occasional bit of schmutz. That Polaris is taking care of that...right?
    Here's hoping you open and find a nice clean pool....or at least one with minimal debris, eh?
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    Re: Pool opening: manual vacuum needed?

    I never manual vacuum. I use the net to get the worms out about once a week in the winter. Doing this regularly saves me from having to deal with 2,500 drowned worms when I open the pool. During the season I brush the walls down once a week and let the Polaris handle the rest. So far, no problems. I should mention that I do not cover my pool.
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    Re: Pool opening: manual vacuum needed?

    Thanks to both replies.

    I opened the pool yesterday morning, and pool was surprisingly clean, mostly just worms and a negligible amount of dirt. Polaris and brushing has picked up 98% of it as of this morning, so hopefully one more brushing and vacuum will take care of this.

    Now I just need to find someone who wants to swim in a 55 degree pool...
    In-ground free form pool: colored (dark grey) plaster, 16150 gallons, cartridge cleaner, TF-100 Test kit, Northern Virginia, pool approximately 11 years old.

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    Re: Pool opening: manual vacuum needed?

    Nope, nuauuuuuuuu, NOT me! LOL Ask me again when it reaches 80+

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    Re: Pool opening: manual vacuum needed?

    Might depend on your cleaner. My cleaner won't come out of the hopper with the winter crud on the liner, so I end up vacuuming first then letting the cleaner do the finish work.
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    Re: Pool opening: manual vacuum needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by NOVApool View Post
    Now I just need to find someone who wants to swim in a 55 degree pool...

    I'm not very smart and would probably jump in Good open water swim practice.
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    Re: Pool opening: manual vacuum needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by NOVApool View Post
    Now I just need to find someone who wants to swim in a 55 degree pool...
    My previous record is April 1st. I told my wife I wanted to beat that record this year. She went away mumbling something about checking my life insurance policy.
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