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    Recommended cleaning supplies

    I have an old manual vacuum cleaner as well as an old RAYVAC self cleaner. My question is do the new manual vacuum cleaners do a better job than the older ones. Is it worth replacing?
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    Re: Recommended cleaning supplies

    Personally, I think as long as the manual vac is in good condition (any brushes in good condition or replaced, attacments not cracked), I would continue to use it. We inherited a Hayward SuperVac with our pool and used it without issue for five years. It finally got old enough that the plastic was cracking, so we replaced it this year. I don't know enough about the RayVac cleaners to say.

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    Re: Recommended cleaning supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by loughps
    Personally, I think as long as the manual vac is in good condition (any brushes in good condition or replaced, attacments not cracked), I would continue to use it. We inherited a Hayward SuperVac with our pool and used it without issue for five years. It finally got old enough that the plastic was cracking, so we replaced it this year. I don't know enough about the RayVac cleaners to say.

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    Do I need to get the "leaf trap" that I see in some videos...
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    Re: Recommended cleaning supplies

    I don't have one for my manual vac, but I use a vac plate on top of my skimmer and attach my hose there. Any large material then gets trapped in the skimmer basket. But I've only had that for a couple of years, I used to just vac to waste. I don't think the leaf trap is something you "need", but if it makes your pool care easier, you may want to add one sometime.
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    Re: Recommended cleaning supplies

    When there are a lot of leaves, I use a leaf bagger.
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    Re: Recommended cleaning supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    When there are a lot of leaves, I use a leaf bagger.
    I have like 5 - 10 leafs on the bottom of the pool. Some are of the larger variety. what is the best way to remove these...
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    Re: Recommended cleaning supplies

    With that few leaves, I would try to catch them in a leaf rake, and if that didn't work then just vacuum them up (and clean the basket right after).
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    Re: Recommended cleaning supplies

    A few leaves on the bottom...just jump in and grab them! I personally don't even use the manual vacuum head. Instead I simply swim around with a mask and vacuum hose to get up any dirt/debris that my Polaris "missed". It is fun, too!
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    Re: Recommended cleaning supplies

    Quote Originally Posted by Voodoo_Pool
    A few leaves on the bottom...just jump in and grab them! I personally don't even use the manual vacuum head. Instead I simply swim around with a mask and vacuum hose to get up any dirt/debris that my Polaris "missed". It is fun, too!
    We just opened our pool, and we are in MD. Water is too **** cold for now! lol But in the summer sounds like an awesome idea!
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    Pentair WhisperFlo WF-24 (seems like single speed)
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