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    What's the best low-cost solution?

    I have the pool listed in my sig. It came with a vacuum hose, a pole and some nets, and that's about it. I have a fair amount of dead algae to get off the floor and would like to be able to vacuum it up. I can spend some money, just not a gazillion dollars on a Mr. Roboto. Please advise what I might be able to do with a pump and filter solution. I would like to maybe get a vacuum head but does that mean the water flies out to waste when I'm running it?

    Alternative suggestions welcome. Thanks!!
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    Re: What's the best low-cost solution?

    I'd sure try the inexpensive vacuum head first. You can always use one any way. Just vacuum in normal filter position and then backwash.
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    Re: What's the best low-cost solution?

    I'd do what Woody suggests. Just vacuum to filter then backwash it out good. I always vacuum to filter, it wastes too much water vacuuming to waste. The only time I vacuum to waste is after one of our torrential rains and I need to dump the water anyway.
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    Re: What's the best low-cost solution?

    Thanks both. I checked out a couple of youtubes about the steps for sending to filter. Apparently it's the most traditional of approaches - duh, you gotta learn at some point! I thnk I was just concerned that the filter was strictly designed for light cleaning. I'll keep an eye on the pressure guage.

    Do I need to rinse after backwash? I have a feeling that, at first, I will be repeating the cleaning phase many times to get the initial debris out.
    * 18' x 33' - 48" oval AGP - new liner Summer 2014
    * Hayward Pro Series S210T Top Mount Sand Filter
    * Hayward Power-Flo Matrix 1 1/2 hp Pump Model SP5615
    (equipment on posts prior to summer 2014) Hayward PowerFlo 1 hp pump - Jacuzzi "Tidewater" 190L, sand filter

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    Re: What's the best low-cost solution?

    Yep, rinse every time after a backwash.
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    Re: What's the best low-cost solution?

    So how's Daisy doing? LOL
    No advice here because we are looking for a cleaner too but, I LOVE ONSLOW!! Ha, still one of our family's all time fave shows and characters
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    Re: What's the best low-cost solution?

    Quote Originally Posted by maggiem
    I LOVE ONSLOW!! Ha, still one of our family's all time fave shows and characters
    Oh, nice!
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    Re: What's the best low-cost solution?

    I bought a cheap vacuum head at Lowes, along with the hose, and found a sink tailpiece that works to couple the hose directly to my suction port in the bottom of the skimmer. It's worked fine for a year.
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    Re: What's the best low-cost solution?

    yea, but if its algae, you likely gonna throw the filter out after one time, and algae will clog almost instantly. i'm using a poolbuster to try to get algae off the bottom, bag is clogged in 30 secs, rinse and repeat.

    I put a brand new filter in just filtering and it clogged in less than 6 hours.
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    Re: What's the best low-cost solution?

    You can get a cheap robot or even a Pool Blaster so that your filter isn't affected.

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