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    Looking for manual vacuum recommendations

    The automatic vacuum that came with the pool in our "new" house does a decent job, but won't stay in the shallow end, and brushing the debris from there to the deeper end is a pain and doesn't work very well. I think my solution will be to use the Zodiac for most of the pool, then a manual vacuum for the shallow end and steps. I'm looking for recommendations. I've seen a few that will attach to the skimmer pole, are independent of the pool systems, and run on a rechargeable battery. That seems like the ideal, but I'd like to hear what others have to say. I've seen vacuum heads that attach to tubes and the skimmer pole, but I don't know if they would fit on the tubes I have for my Zodiac.

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    Kelley
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    21,000 gallon (+ or -) in-ground plaster pool with Nautilus DE filter, 1 hp pump, and Zodiac G4 automatic vacuum.

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    Re: Looking for manual vacuum recommendations

    Most vacuum hoses are the same size as the tubes Zodiac uses (1 1/2"). I use mine attached to a manual vacuum head. The vacuum head attaches to my telescoping pool poll and the tubes connect the vacuum head to the hole in the skimmer using the valve cuff that came with my Zodiac Ranger pool cleaner.
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    Re: Looking for manual vacuum recommendations

    I use the pool blaster max. Like it for quick cleans.
    20x40 inground, fiberglass 3 foot down then vinyl.
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    Sta-Rite System 3 DE 37 sq ft
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    Re: Looking for manual vacuum recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by jdelana
    I use the pool blaster max. Like it for quick cleans.
    Would you recommend the pool blaster for cleaning up dead algae?
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    Re: Looking for manual vacuum recommendations

    I use it exclusively after opening. There is a sand and silt bag that u can purchase for fine debri. Maybe one of the other guys can elaborate on dead algea.
    20x40 inground, fiberglass 3 foot down then vinyl.
    33,000 gal
    BBB
    1.95HP Hayward Super II pump
    Sta-Rite System 3 DE 37 sq ft
    Jandy Lite 2 400 Natural Gas heater.

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    Re: Looking for manual vacuum recommendations

    I used the Pool Blaster Catfish with a ladies' knee high in the bag instead of the sand and silt bag. Gets fine dust and dead algae quite well. Other than that, I use a manual vacuum head with my auto vac hose all the time. Most manual vacuum heads I've seen work with either 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch hoses.
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