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    Vacuum for intex ultra

    So i started vacuuming today and was struggling to make sure i had it right. I made sure i primed the hose and tried it multiple times with the same results. After a second or two the water flow would decrease, but water was still coming into the pump just not the normal rate that it would without the vacuum hooked up. The PSI would drop, but the vacuum would still work and suck debris up. Would my pump be ok like this or is this normal when vacuuming? scared to burn up my pump....
    -here is a pic of my vacuum. it seems to work well






    (Intex ultra 20x52, intex 1600 sand pump, intex SWG, intex skimmer)
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    Re: Vacuum for intex ultra

    Your pump should be fine as long as you don't run it dry.

    Sounds like the vacuum/hosing might be too restrictive?
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    Re: Vacuum for intex ultra

    yeah that's what i was thinking..its a smaller hose than the surface skimmer hose. So as long as some water is going in the pump I'm ok, even if the PSI drops?
    24x54 Saltwater 8000 (thepoolfactory), Hayward 23" Sand Filter, 1.5Hp 1-Speed Power-Flo Matrix Pump, AQ-TROL SWG, AquaBot Pura 4X

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    Re: Vacuum for intex ultra

    Quote Originally Posted by thedarktitan
    So as long as some water is going in the pump I'm ok, even if the PSI drops?
    If the input is restricted the psi will drop. However you do not want it to be so restricted that you start having repeated surging at the pump. Is your pump drawing in air (lots of air showing up in pump basket) when the vacuum is attached?
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Vacuum for intex ultra

    no the water flows in normal for like 3 seconds then it drops off. Where the filter basket would normally be full of water it is like 1/3 full when using the vacuum.
    24x54 Saltwater 8000 (thepoolfactory), Hayward 23" Sand Filter, 1.5Hp 1-Speed Power-Flo Matrix Pump, AQ-TROL SWG, AquaBot Pura 4X

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    Re: Vacuum for intex ultra

    Check your plunger valve for the pressure release valve. If the plunger valve is one of the newer ones, it has a little vertical screw cap between the pool wall and the plunger. That little cap has a plastic vent that lets in air when a blockage is detected, therefore reducing pressure. Intex included two clear plastic caps that fit on top of the little pressure release cap. I had the same problem till I figured out what those little caps were for.

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