My husband and I are new to the pool world, and were advised by our pool guy to get a "kreepy krauly" type device to help keep our pool clean. We purchased the Baracuda G2, put it together, and can't seem to get enough suction to it.
First things first. Our pool setup seems to be a bit complicated compared to others, with levers running to and from our pump that are (left to right in pic) pool skimmer, pool main drain, hot tub main drain, hot tub skimmer, pool suction, (then in the back) pool return, & hot tub return. For normal operation, my pool skimmer and main drain are open, and the hot tub skimmer is open.
The Baracuda G2 comes with a suction tester, and they say it should be at a level 3 for the cleaner to work properly. With my normal (above mentioned) settings, I get a level of zero with the suction tester when it is hooked up to the skimmer. To troubleshoot, the manual says to make sure your main drain is closed. When I do that, the pump loses its prime and I have absolutely no suction through the skimmer. I can get a suction level of 1 with the tester if I turn the hot tub skimmer off, but then the hot tub overflows, and the suction still isn't sufficient to make the baracuda work. If I turn on the pool vacuum and attach there, the hot tub overfills and I still have insufficient suction.
If someone could tell me how to turn my valves to make the baracuda work without losing my pump prime and overflowing my hot tub, I would be very appreciative!! Otherwise, is there any type of apparatus that I could hook up to make my suction stronger? Any help or advice would be great!!
P.S. couldn't get the pic to attach, so I put it in a PDF and attached it