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    Hand vaccuum instead of Polaris?

    For those "little spot jobs". 10 minutes or so, to grab the occasional leaves, dead bugs etc at the bottom of the pool.

    Polaris means hauling out the hoses & then storing them away etc.
    Is there any type of hand/manual way to vac the bottom of a pool quickly?

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    Re: Hand vaccuum instead of Polaris?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny B
    For those "little spot jobs". 10 minutes or so, to grab the occasional leaves, dead bugs etc at the bottom of the pool. Is there any type of hand/manual way to vac the bottom of a pool quickly?
    Well, I've not found a consensus here on any best solution... all of the portable/handheld cleaners must be maintained, stored and occasionally repaired. And not all of them (any of them?) are as effective as regular old pressure-side cleaners (like Polaris 280 and 360, 380). Check out these recent threads.

    poolbuster-t15293.html

    anyone-using-the-small-aqua-broom-t16713.html

    best-way-to-vacuum-clean-your-outdoor-spa-t17297.html
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    Re: Hand vaccuum instead of Polaris?

    Are you talking about something other than the regular vacuum head, hose, and telepole:


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    Re: Hand vaccuum instead of Polaris?

    Our Polaris rarely comes out of the water. I just leave it connected and it runs about 90 minutes every day. I haven't had to manual vac in over 2 years.
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    Re: Hand vaccuum instead of Polaris?

    Quote Originally Posted by HarryH3
    Our Polaris rarely comes out of the water. I just leave it connected and it runs about 90 minutes every day. I haven't had to manual vac in over 2 years.
    This sounds like a great plan. I assumed one shouldn't leave it in the water for chemical breakdown reasons. I know that UV is bad for them, manual states that, but doesn't mention leaving it in the water.
    Everyone pretty much agree its cool to leave the Polaris in the water ( except for swimming issues)?

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    19,800 gallons (closed/winter 18,654 gal); plaster; 18x34 Ft kidney bean shape, Depth 3Ft-5Ft. Built 1992
    Pentair Whisper Flow Pump 1HP. Winter safety cover w anchors.
    Sand filter, Pentair Sand Dollar Top Mount Model SD80; Effective Filtration Area 3.5SF
    - FlowRate 75GPM, 8Hr 36,000, 10Hr 45,000, 12Hr 54,000; Pressure Weight 50PSI
    BBB (Hayward Chlorinator when leave town). Polaris 360 cleaner.

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    Re: Hand vaccuum instead of Polaris?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny B
    Everyone pretty much agree its cool to leave the Polaris in the water ( except for swimming issues)?
    My Polaris stays in the water except when removing for swimming or for a brief visit to the adjoining spa. I think most of the wear and tear issues come from yanking the machine out of the water... after two years, it seems OK to just stay submerged. (At least, it's never complained to me personally! )
    14,555 gal in-ground 16'x29' white plaster Pool w/spa (2007); Goldline Aqua Logic AQL-PS-8 control w/Aqua Cell 15 Salt Water Chlorination (SWCG); Hayward TriStar 1HP (1.85 SF) main / 1.5HP (1.60 SF) spa pumps; Hayward Swimclear cart filter C4025, ColorLogic LED lights; Tankless SP-18-4 electric heater; Polaris 280 cleaner.
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    Re: Hand vaccuum instead of Polaris?

    I have been using the AquaQuik. You pump the handle up and down and it strains out the dirt. I did have to super glue the piston to the handle to keep it from coming undone. Its fine for small jobs. Found it a lot cheaper at Amazon compared to the pool store.
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    Re: Hand vaccuum instead of Polaris?

    I vote for the Pool Blaster (Buster). If you have some really fine debris you can line the filter bag with a heavy women's tight or support hose for coarser filtering.

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    Re: Hand vaccuum instead of Polaris?

    I just want to reiterate the common sense advice to remove any vac hoses when folks are using the pool It's just too easy for a swimmer to become entangled in the hose
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