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    Suction line question

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    Do you think it will work to thread a piece in the top part of this pipe and use it as my vacuum line. If i shut off the valves, i should be able to hook up a vacuum line to get better suction for vacuuming. Not to mention the stuff i'm sucking up wont be going through my piping underground. Thoughts?
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    Re: Suction line question

    It may work but it is going to be a pain to fill it with water or to prime the pump, is it not working through the skimmer?
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    Re: Suction line question

    The suction isnt as strong as I would like. Its hard to get sand off the bottom. Maybe if I put a valve on it so i can turn it on when the pump is primed.
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    Re: Suction line question

    Are you making sure to plug all your other suction sides while vacuuming?


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    Re: Suction line question

    Yes i have 2 skimmers and main drain. I close the other skimmer but leave the drain on. If not i get air bubbles. I'm pretty sure i need a new vacuum hose also
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    Re: Suction line question

    Are you pulling bubbles or is it just not priming all the way? If your pulling bubbles (new hose) like you said if it has holes in it anywhere it's going to slow the Suction from the vacuum heag


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    Re: Suction line question

    There are no bubbles in the pump box when not vacuuming. So i figure I have few cracks in the vac hose. The pool used to have 2 returns and a vacuum line. I made the vac line a return to get better circulation in the pool. When that line was there, vacuuming was quick. Now going through the skimmer it takes almost double the time and i have to agitate the sand under the vacuum head to get it picked up. Which of course leaves some in the pool. I'm thinking if I put a designated line back in, I will get the full suction of the pump which = better suction and cleaning.
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    Re: Suction line question

    Shorter the distance from the pump the stronger the suction. If you'd like to add a vacuum side from the female you surely can, just remember you'll have to prime that with a a hose or whatever before starting the pump


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    Re: Suction line question

    Also have you ever tried just running the skimmer? To see if it it has the same results with pulling air?


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    Re: Suction line question

    Quote Originally Posted by Reflectionspoolguy View Post
    Also have you ever tried just running the skimmer? To see if it it has the same results with pulling air?

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    Re: Suction line question

    I guess i can put the vacuum head in front of the return and fill the hose that way. Hmmmm.
    Yes i have run the skimmers alone and no issues
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