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    Vacuum equipment. What is sufficient?

    Our new pool came with an automatic vacuum that attaches to a return on the pool wall. (Would love to know what to call it.). I've named him R2DU for now and he looks like this.

    My question is do I also need a traditional vacuum that plugs in to a skimmer?

    Complicating issue, R2DU does not reach the spa. Hubby went to the pool store and came home with this thing

    which seems work very poorly and only after a lot of pumping.

    I know I'm taking back the hand pump thing.

    So, I'm wondering what to get to replace it. Something pool powered for the spa only? Or am I going to be pitching in to help R2 regularly?


    16,600 gallon, freeform, gunite and plaster pool/spa combo. Hayward SP3207EE pump, S310T sand filter, Century 1081 boost pump and Aqualogic panel.

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    Re: Vacuum equipment. What is sufficient?

    That is a "pressure side" cleaner, maybe a polaris. There are other manufacturers, but Polaris sells a lot of them. Do you have a separate booster pump that runs in tandem with the cleaner?

    Pool Blaster Max is like a dust buster for the Spa, I think many people have them and enjoy them. They are rechargeable (batteries don't last too long) but should suffice for the spa and other places that the Polaris wont get.
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    Re: Vacuum equipment. What is sufficient?

    I don't have a spa but ordered a basic vacuum because my Pentair Sand Shark takes several hours to to the whole pool and I am not really sure it even does yet.

    If I need to spot vacuum or need to have it done in less than many hours which also costs more in electricity since the pump has to run at a higher speed for longer, I use the traditional manually vacuum.

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    Re: Vacuum equipment. What is sufficient?

    Thank you very much.
    I really love this place.
    And yes, the only identifying mark on it is in the "tail". It does say Polaris.
    It must be pretty old though because I looked all over online and never saw a gray one.
    It also does only run when we press the booster pump button.




    16,600 gallon, freeform, gunite and plaster pool/spa combo. Hayward SP3207EE pump, S310T sand filter, Century 1081 boost pump and Aqualogic panel.

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    Re: Vacuum equipment. What is sufficient?

    Quote Originally Posted by mgmoore7 View Post
    I don't have a spa but ordered a basic vacuum because my Pentair Sand Shark takes several hours to to the whole pool and I am not really sure it even does yet.

    If I need to spot vacuum or need to have it done in less than many hours which also costs more in electricity since the pump has to run at a higher speed for longer, I use the traditional manually vacuum.

    Amazon.com : Swimline 8150 Weighted Flex Vacuum Head, Blue : Swimming Pool Vacuum Heads : Patio, Lawn Garden
    They say there are no stupid questions, so here goes...
    Why do you have to be over 16 to order a pool vacuum head?
    I Googled it and find nothing.


    16,600 gallon, freeform, gunite and plaster pool/spa combo. Hayward SP3207EE pump, S310T sand filter, Century 1081 boost pump and Aqualogic panel.

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    Re: Vacuum equipment. What is sufficient?

    Some vacuum heads are cleaned with alcohol and that leaves a residual layer of alcohol...nah just kidding. It's likely an amazon policy to restrict accidental or unapproved sales to minors. I can't say that I have ever had to click the "over 16" box though I would satisfy that criteria by several years!
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    Vacuum equipment. What is sufficient?

    Yeah, I wasn't worried about getting carded. I just thought that maybe kids had thought of some bizarre new way to use drugs or something!
    Some sort of pool-vacuum-head-super-bong maybe?


    16,600 gallon, freeform, gunite and plaster pool/spa combo. Hayward SP3207EE pump, S310T sand filter, Century 1081 boost pump and Aqualogic panel.

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