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    Cheap pool vacuum

    I purchased a 12'x30" Intex AG pool. I'm doing basic testing (FC and pH). I want to vacuum it but don't want to spend $60 on an Intex pool vacuum because it would cost more than the pool itself.

    There isn't a ton of stuff to vacuum. Can't I just hook up a longer hose the filter/pump and use my pump as a makeshift vacuum?
    12'x30" Intex AG 1,485g pool, w/530gph cartidge filter

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    Flower Mound, TX

    Re: Cheap pool vacuum

    I suppose that you could do that. That idea is about the only thing cheaper than the Intex vac.
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    Re: Cheap pool vacuum

    Yep, I'm cheap.
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    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Cheap pool vacuum

    and resourceful! I hope it works for you.
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    New Jersey

    Re: Cheap pool vacuum

    I had the 18'x 48" for a while. I did exactly what you describe. However, for fine dust I found the crappy Intex paper filters let it blow right back into the pool. I had to pull the return and vacuum to waste (driveway) to get it clean.
    Current: 28,000G 18'x36' I/G AnthonySylvan Plaster; Waterway 60 sq.ft. DE Filter; 1.0hp x 1.65 SF Two-Speed (B2982) WhisperFlo; 2004-Present
    Previous: 40,000G 20'x40' I/G Koven unlined WWII salvage 5/8" marine steel; Lomart Stainless Sand Filter; 3/4hp Hayward SuperPump; 1946-2003 (managed by me from about 1964)
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    Re: Cheap pool vacuum

    I have nothing to compare it to, but I really like my AquaBroom. For really fine stuff, line the bag with a knee high nylon. I think it was about $40. I'm on season two with no complaints.

    editing to add: One of the tips I read on this site is great - on your way out of the pool, walk around the edge a few times to create a whirlpool. Five to ten minutes after you get out, all the little junk will have settled into a nice pile in the middle of the bottom of the pool, making vacuuming very quick.
    POOL: Intex ultra new in 2014 (32 x 16 x 52) (seasonal; on concrete pad covered with 1.5" extruded or whatever foam insulation sheets - ugly, but comfy); added a through-wall skimmer; I add salt for feel. EQUIPMENT: Pentair SuperFlo pump (1HP, 2SPD); Pentair cartridge filter (200 sq. ft); Pentair MasterTemp natural gas heater (400,000 btu) Climate/Location: Eastern Nebraska

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    Re: Cheap pool vacuum

    thanks for all your help. I ended up getting 10ft of tubing from Lowe's and was going to hook it up to the pump/filter. Then I figured I'd just use it as a siphon and it worked. I put on my dive mask and spent about 15 minutes siphoning-up the debris. Worked great for me. Of course, I lost about 30 gallons of water since I let it pour on the ground. I don't have grass there (only weeds =)) so I really didn't care.

    Sorry to all the conservationists out there!

    But, thanks for the responses!
    12'x30" Intex AG 1,485g pool, w/530gph cartidge filter

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