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    Pool vacuum idea.

    I have an in-ground pool with 2 skimmers and 3 returns and 3 deck jets. I've seen pools with dedicated pool vacuum ports. Can something like this be retrofitted by adding a tee to main drain intake with a shut off valve? Then connect vacuum hose to it to vacuum? Never had good luck maintaining suction thru skimmers and looking for a fix. Does this make sense? This is my first visit to this forum and it looks very informative. I appreciate any help with this issue.
    IG 40x18 Lazy L. 35000 gallons. Vinyl. Sand filter 1.5 Pentair single speed. 2 skimmers 2 mains 3 returns

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    Re: Pool vacuum idea.

    Welcome to the forum. I'm thinking about that and it seems doable to me. I assume you are talking about the T being up near the equipment?
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    Re: Pool vacuum idea.

    I think the first thing you need to do is figure out why you can't maintain the suction through the skimmers. If it's an air leak then hooking it to the MD line may not help at all.

    I'm also having a hard time visualizing how you will be able to hook a vacuum line to the main drain line without a lot of piping or hose above ground.
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    Re: Pool vacuum idea.

    I was planning to have a valve with a disconnect off the tee. A twelve foot pipe to connect the vacuum hose to. Tee would be at pump installed before the valve that blends main drains to skimmer. I thought I could use another blending valve to control the main drain/vacuum line and shut off skimmers.

    The skimmers draw okay but seem to draw less than they used to. Had Roto-rooter and then pool guys try to clean the lines with limited success. Tried water blaster too. Filter pump runs at around 35 lbs when on.
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    Re: Pool vacuum idea.

    35 PSI is very high. Can you list all your equipment?
    Did it always run that high?
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    Re: Pool vacuum idea.

    Pool equipment is a 1.5 hp Pentair, two skimmers using 2 inch pipe, two main drains using 1.5 inch pipe. Pool is a forty by 20 lazy L in-ground. Found the issue. A plastic adapter of some sort was jammed in the elbow leading to jandy-valve. Had to cut pipes to dislodge it. Just replaced the jandy valve and waiting for the glue to set up. Let you know how it works later.
    IG 40x18 Lazy L. 35000 gallons. Vinyl. Sand filter 1.5 Pentair single speed. 2 skimmers 2 mains 3 returns

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    Re: Pool vacuum idea.

    tested it. NO LEAKS!!!! Can finally clean the pool.
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    Re: Pool vacuum idea.

    What pressure is it running now?
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    Re: Pool vacuum idea.

    Just about 26 lbs with skimmer only. 28 lbs with all drains. Almost the same. This has been a pain for two months. Really glad to get the pool cleaned up and back to normal,.
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    Re: Pool vacuum idea.

    Next issue is the liner. I'll post it to a new subject line.
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