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    Baby Needs New Shoes?

    Okay - so I sort of solved the only going in one direction problem with my Wanda Whale by taking her all a part to see if anything was cracked or broken (NO) and then once again to lube up all the parts that MOVE except the small gear box. I've cleaned the pool filter - TWICE and inspected the hoses for any obstructions. Wanda's still moving - slowly - so the only thing I can think of is she NEEDS NEW SHOES. That won't solve the TURNING SLOWLY problem but it may help her climb the sides (AGAIN) and move a bit faster on the bottom of the pool. Ya, think?

    Okay - so off to the POOL STORE! Must repeat my mantra - 'I'm only here to buy Wanda's shoes, only here to buy Wanda's shoes, Wanda's shoes - only!" HA!

    dpool
    9x17 AG Vinyl "SPLASHER" w/outside struts (7/04), thru the wall skimmer & return, C900 Hayward Cartridge Filter (3/08), 1 hp Hayward Power-Flo II pump (4/09), Wanda Whale auto cleaner (3/07), new Wanda shoes (6/09), VinylWorks A Frame Step Ladder Entry System w/Gate (5/06), 5-1gal gravel-filled jugs hung w/ zip ties under steps to stop steps from floating, 1-3" TAB FLOAT under stairs (empty), More noodles, floats, and toys than allowed in any 9x17 sized pool!

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    Re: Baby Needs New Shoes?

    So - I get to the pool store and there are only two choices - cork for ABOVE GROUND pools and a yellowly clouded plastic for concrete pool (both about $20). My Wanda came with WHITE SLOTTED SANTOPRENE shoes. THOSE are special order at LESLIES for about $25. What's up with that? So, on to EBAY - found the slotted ones - that's what I had and they worked well before (allowed Wanda to practically climb 1/2 way up the walls) for 1/2 the price. Ya! Hope that's the answer. When they get here - I'll let you know. Baby's got new shoes - on order.

    dpool
    9x17 AG Vinyl "SPLASHER" w/outside struts (7/04), thru the wall skimmer & return, C900 Hayward Cartridge Filter (3/08), 1 hp Hayward Power-Flo II pump (4/09), Wanda Whale auto cleaner (3/07), new Wanda shoes (6/09), VinylWorks A Frame Step Ladder Entry System w/Gate (5/06), 5-1gal gravel-filled jugs hung w/ zip ties under steps to stop steps from floating, 1-3" TAB FLOAT under stairs (empty), More noodles, floats, and toys than allowed in any 9x17 sized pool!

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    Baby's GOT new SHOES!

    Got Wanda's new shoes in the mail this morning - went and put them on right away and set her up, put her in the pool. and ... She went scooting across the pool bottom faster than I'd seen in a while then went 1/2 way up a wall, turned around and gave me a big toothy GRIN. (HA!) That's it - she needed new shoes. (no pods - whew - those cost way more!)

    So the moral of the story - if it looks like WEAR ... it is WEAR. I had never looked at her little feet and now realise the shoes were worn SLICK where they touch the pool floor. No wonder she'd slowed down - she couldn't get a grip! That and all of her internals having been lubed and clean - she should have another season of hard work ahead of her.

    Thanks!

    dpool

    Anyone else here just love to sit and watch the pool cleaner do it's job? For hours at a time? It's relaxing for me (well now again that Wanda's back in the swing of things!)
    9x17 AG Vinyl "SPLASHER" w/outside struts (7/04), thru the wall skimmer & return, C900 Hayward Cartridge Filter (3/08), 1 hp Hayward Power-Flo II pump (4/09), Wanda Whale auto cleaner (3/07), new Wanda shoes (6/09), VinylWorks A Frame Step Ladder Entry System w/Gate (5/06), 5-1gal gravel-filled jugs hung w/ zip ties under steps to stop steps from floating, 1-3" TAB FLOAT under stairs (empty), More noodles, floats, and toys than allowed in any 9x17 sized pool!

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    Re: Baby Needs New Shoes?

    I've been watching your story with Wanda with interest because mine is getting stubborn and I've only worked her about 7 times. She doesn't do the left turn only like yours, she just likes one side of the pool best. I've burned my arms leaning over the pool dragging her over to the dirty side, only to have her go right back to her home base. She's driving me crazy! I didn't think I needed to tear her apart and check inside since she is so new, but I did watch the videos. I'm nervous about doing open heart surgery, especially since she is so new. Did you find it hard? Did it take a long time? Thanks for sharing your story!
    24' Seaspray Evolution CLX Above Ground Pool (~13600 gallons)
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    Re: Baby Needs New Shoes?

    Quote Originally Posted by numberonenole
    I've been watching your story with Wanda with interest because mine is getting stubborn and I've only worked her about 7 times. She doesn't do the left turn only like yours, she just likes one side of the pool best. I've burned my arms leaning over the pool dragging her over to the dirty side, only to have her go right back to her home base. She's driving me crazy! I didn't think I needed to tear her apart and check inside since she is so new, but I did watch the videos. I'm nervous about doing open heart surgery, especially since she is so new. Did you find it hard? Did it take a long time? Thanks for sharing your story!
    If you found the same videos where the guy spends like 13 segments to talk about maintenance and taking apart a Wanda Whale - then - his video was EXCELLENT. So, no it wasn't hard to take her all apart - pretty much how the videos described it. I probably took about two hours total but I was going really slow and taking breaks along the way. I took her out of the pool and performed surgey the next afternoon to wait until most of the water has drained out. I'm fairly brave about these kind of things (especially after watching the videos). It wasn't hard. I figured she was already broke and unless I broke a part off or lost pieces, I couldn't do any worse. I would figure out a better way to remember which screws went into which holes since some are really short and some are long and it got a bit confusing at that point. Oh, and at the point where he says "everything kinda falls out" - that's so true! So, go slow and maybe keep Wanda over a table so the parts do fall too far! HA!

    Now, if you don't have the "only one way problem" but the only one side of the pool problem ... maybe check her feet (are they worn evenly?) You could maybe test by switching her shoes from the front to back and right to left side. I had tried that and it didn't make a difference but now realize that her shoes were worn pretty evenly.

    Can you TWIST (gently) the gear to the right or left? I was UNABLE to do this when I started with my "only going to the right" and think there may have been a tiny hard plant shell stuck in a gear but I don't know for sure because it came out at the point where EVERYTHING sort of falls out of her body.

    If it's fairly new - is it still under warranty? They'd probably make you send it to HAYWARD and then if you've dismantled it ... that probably voids the warranty.

    Maybe it's like someone else who mentioned the PODS (those rocker things) but they are more expensive than shoes. When I went to the pool store to buy the new shoes ... I saw a Wanda on display and I moved her pods to see what NO PLAY means and brand new moved the same as mine, so I figured it was the shoes.

    In the mean time ... not the best answer but maybe you could invest in a pool hook to put on your brush pole (or make your own) so you don't have get your arms burned dragging her about.

    Good luck!

    dpool
    9x17 AG Vinyl "SPLASHER" w/outside struts (7/04), thru the wall skimmer & return, C900 Hayward Cartridge Filter (3/08), 1 hp Hayward Power-Flo II pump (4/09), Wanda Whale auto cleaner (3/07), new Wanda shoes (6/09), VinylWorks A Frame Step Ladder Entry System w/Gate (5/06), 5-1gal gravel-filled jugs hung w/ zip ties under steps to stop steps from floating, 1-3" TAB FLOAT under stairs (empty), More noodles, floats, and toys than allowed in any 9x17 sized pool!

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    Re: Baby Needs New Shoes?

    I got the cork shoes and for the life of me I can't stick them in. Is there a trick? I'm afraid to break something.
    Grace Suarez
    You Bet, California
    10k gal AG vinyl, Hayward sand filter

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