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    My First Post

    Hello All.

    First I'm glad I found this site, thank you.

    My wife and I just purchased a home here in Cave Creek, AZ and inherited the pool that came with the house. The folks that lived here previously had a pool service, so the pool looked clean anytime we saw it prior to closing. The pool is inground, egg shaped, 6 feet at the deepend and one skimmer and no pool cleaner. I would like to clean this myself but not ready to buy the robot style cleaner.

    Is it a simple matter of buying a hose and some sort of gadget that will go into the skimmer so I can suck the debris off the bottom? Any recommendation of a simple cleaning "kit" or do I just piece the rig together, or some other economical idea?

    Thank you very much.

    Steve
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    Welcome Liteguy!

    I think the most important thing to have is a brush. You need to brush your entire pool once a week (at least).
    You would need this even if you had an automatic pool cleaner.

    You can easily get by without one though. Just brush everything to your bottom drain. Vacuum up the big stuff with the hose you already have.

    Brushing is a key part of preventing algae growth in your pool.
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    Thank you so much CombatYoga. I'll get me a brush
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    Do you have a vacuum that came with the pool? there will be a plate that goes in the skimmer and a hose and a vac head. See the Visual Encyclopedia sticky for info on that.

    You may also want to get a pool leaf rake. Looks like a butterfly net and you push it to scoop up leaves and stuff. It gets the bigger stuff. The vac gets the finer stuff.

    I also like the Wall Whale brush, it stays on the pool surface so easily, less work.

    And I also have a Spa Wand, to get that one little leaf or worm out of the shallow end or the spa.
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anonapersona
    Do you have a vacuum that came with the pool? there will be a plate that goes in the skimmer and a hose and a vac head. See the Visual Encyclopedia sticky for info on that.

    You may also want to get a pool leaf rake. Looks like a butterfly net and you push it to scoop up leaves and stuff. It gets the bigger stuff. The vac gets the finer stuff.

    I also like the Wall Whale brush, it stays on the pool surface so easily, less work.

    And I also have a Spa Wand, to get that one little leaf or worm out of the shallow end or the spa.
    Pool came with nothing except a dead bird ) So I'm basically starting from scratch here, so this weekend will get the basics and will invest in the pool test kits suggested here. Thank you-Steve
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    You can pick these up at Wal-Mart or any pool store. Attaches to your hose and sucks right into your filter. Runs around $10-$20 depending. Some muscle work is required, but can't beat the accuracy. Even with the robotic vacuum I can't tell you how many times I watch it drive right up to a leaf, stop, turn around leaving the darn thing on the bottom of the pool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo


    You can pick these up at Wal-Mart or any pool store. Attaches to your hose and sucks right into your filter. Runs around $10-$20 depending. Some muscle work is required, but can't beat the accuracy. Even with the robotic vacuum I can't tell you how many times I watch it drive right up to a leaf, stop, turn around leaving the darn thing on the bottom of the pool!
    That's the ticket, thx!
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