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    Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Anyone have any hints or tricks to better see the bottom when your vacuuming? I simply can't see through all the surface reflections.

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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Wait till there is very little wind.Also anti reflective sun glasses

    Leasure bay AG 24ft,52 in high.installed June of 1999. Hayworth S-180 T sand filter/Power-Flo Matrix 1horse 2 speed pump /Aqua Trol SWG/Using TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    EASY...I put on my scuba gear, and take the vac head in my hand, and swim underwater, vacuuming up here and there. Works great, and can see everything plain as day!
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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Polarized sunglasses. And do it early in the morning or late in the evening when there is less (or no) direct sun on the surface.
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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by flyweed View Post
    EASY...I put on my scuba gear, and take the vac head in my hand, and swim underwater, vacuuming up here and there. Works great, and can see everything plain as day!
    You are a man ( or woman) after my own heart!! How many vacuums can you get out of an 80?
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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Nice looking water!! What a nice problem to have
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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Polarized sunglasses. And do it early in the morning or late in the evening when there is less (or no) direct sun on the surface.
    Absolutely agree. I cannot vacuum without wearing my polarized sunglasses! or you could gently slip into the pool and wear some goggles and do it underwater and have your neighbors think you've lost your marbles, whichever way works

    Also, in my cheapo intex pool i make sure the return isnt pointed up and breaking the surface of the water, that helps a little bit too
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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Another vote for the scuba mask and snorkel! Thats the only way I'm able to do a thorough vacuum job

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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamison04 View Post
    Another vote for the scuba mask and snorkel! Thats the only way I'm able to do a thorough vacuum job
    I suppose I'll have to go this route as well. The city says I need to install railings around the pool. I won't have side access anymore
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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by Razorhog View Post
    Nice looking water!! What a nice problem to have
    x2 . . .
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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by Razorhog View Post
    Nice looking water!! What a nice problem to have
    But there is no cure for sparklypoolitis.
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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Keep your return down from breaking the surface of the water. That should help a lot!!!
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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    Keep your return down from breaking the surface of the water. That should help a lot!!!
    YEP,helps alot

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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    OMG TFP problems....
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    Re: Recommendations for seeing the bottom to vacuum

    I have teh same problem, but I also have a "sunlight sparkle" liner pattern. Even when udner the water I can't tell which way is up.

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