I was surprised at how much discussion in this corner of the forum is centered around selecting and servicing automatic pool cleaners.
My only experience with pool cleaning was at my parent's house growing up. Dad had a manual vac head, aluminum pole and 30' of blue hose, hooked right into the skimmer basket. It was my job to vacuum the pool when it needed it, probably 2x a week depending on what leaves were falling. I don't remember it taking more than 20 mins. No big deal, and kind of relaxing.
I see a lot of posts with people battling these $500 robots and auto cleaners, trying to keep them on track, buying replacement parts, etc.
Am I missing something, or is a simple manual setup the way to go?