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    At least an inch of dirt in the bottom of the pool

    We are new to the whole inground pool and have an 18x36 pool that holds roughly 25,000 gallons. this past winter we did not have a cover for the pool and in combination of our dog and my wife there is at least an inch of dirt in the bottom of the pool. The vacuum is not working to get the dirt out. It is a soft liner so we can't empty the pool. Please help. We need to get the dirt out but not sure how to do it. any suggetions would help greatly appriceated!!!!
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    Re: At least an inch of dirt in the bottom of the pool

    Welcome to TFP!

    Why is the vacuum not working? It should be able to do it. If adding water is no problem, vacuum to waste to avoid filter clogging.
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    Re: At least an inch of dirt in the bottom of the pool

    My experience with this depends on what kind of vacuum you have. I had a layer of dirt like this when I was new, and best bet is to use your manual vacuum. VERY slow, so you're not agitating it, shut main drain off if possible, so you're getting the majority of suction from the vacuum.

    Vacuum to waste.
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    Re: At least an inch of dirt in the bottom of the pool

    hubby said he is going to slow it down a little and take his time. What would be a good manual vacuum to use?
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    Re: At least an inch of dirt in the bottom of the pool

    You can get them anywhere that carries pool supplies, especially Wal-Mart. Blue triangular head with bristles. Vacuum hose plugs into the top of the head, head attaches to your pool pole.

    I have an automatic vacuum as well, but I typically use the manual vacuum to pick up the garbage, especially dirt, since you can control it 100%.
    Kansas City, MO
    13500 gallon Foxx vinyl sport pool--inground (1988)
    Cristal-Flo sand filter
    Ray-Pak 406A digital
    1.5 HP single speed
    400 gallon Heldor inground spa, octagon

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    Re: At least an inch of dirt in the bottom of the pool

    awesome. that is the one we have!!!!
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    Re: At least an inch of dirt in the bottom of the pool

    That's the one to use. Move nice and slow and it should pick it up. Be sure to vacuum to waste.....you'll lose a lot of water, so keep the hose running.
    Kansas City, MO
    13500 gallon Foxx vinyl sport pool--inground (1988)
    Cristal-Flo sand filter
    Ray-Pak 406A digital
    1.5 HP single speed
    400 gallon Heldor inground spa, octagon

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    Re: At least an inch of dirt in the bottom of the pool

    thank you so much!!!!
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