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    buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    I'm thinking either this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/Skooba-Vacuum-int ... B001RPRXNO

    I've had my pool up and in near constant use for 3 weeks without a vacuum and it does not look anything even remotely like that picture! Yikes! There's just a bit of dust settling in a few spots on the bottom.

    or this one:
    http://www.amazon.com/Intex-Deluxe-Pool ... enance+kit

    Does anyone have a recommendation for which they think is better or another suggestion?

    Thanks!
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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    Here's another suggestion. No hoses to mess with.

    http://www.amazon.com/Water-Tech-BROOM- ... aqua+broom
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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    I was researching the same 2 vacuums. I purchased the Intex maintenance kit today.
    http://www.amazon.com/Pool-Maintenta...aintenance+kit
    I believe this is the same kit but it is cheaper than your link.
    9 ft x 18 ft x 52 in Intex Ultra Frame
    1,200gal Intex Krystal Clear™ Sand Filter Pump
    Hayward Wide Mouth Skimmer MODEL SP1090WM

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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    If you have a standard skimmer installed, you can use standard AG hoses and vacuums and not use "Intex" specific tools.

    I have read good things about some of the pool vacuums that do not use the Intex pump. Leaf vacuums only work well if you have a large number of large leaves on the floor of the pool and don't help with the fine debris. Search the forums here for "pool brooms".

    As for Amazon ratings, I look for at least 4 stars and a fair number of real reviews before I consider a product reliable. 3 star products don't get a chance with me.
    -- Guy --
    10K gallons in 21' Round 52 inch wall Aqualeader AG, Hayward Power Flow LX 1.5 HP pump motor, Hayward Perflex EC50AC DE filter w/Cellulose, Wide mouth skimmer, 2013 new Diver Dan (craigslist) to replace the faded old Hayward AquaBug. TF-100

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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    I do not have a skimmer installed, just the upgraded pump. Pending how things go, I'm planning on adding a skimmer next year. I don't normally buy much off amazon for less than 4-5 stars either, but price bracket pickings were kinda slim and I'm unfamiliar with the products.

    That pool broom looks perfect! I didn't even think of searching for a broom. And it's cheaper than what I in amazon. Sounds like a winner. I hardly have any leaves in the pool, tho I'm sure that might change at the end of the season. I go out every morning, look things over, maybe test the water, and get any bugs or whatever with a net. So I don't think large debrie is going to be a problem.

    Glad I asked! Thanks!
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    Intex Krystal Clear sand filter pump 16" & saltwater system model CS20110
    AG Intex 16' x 48" Ultra Frame
    Leslie Chlorine FAS-DPD Service Test Kit

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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    I had the poolblaster catfish. It lasted less than a year before the rechargeable batttery wouldn't take a charge anymore. To avoid that issue again I bought the aquabroom. Takes 5 D-cell batteries. I've only used it a couple of times so far, but I like it more than the catfish I had. I believe this one has more suction. Can't say anything about longevity though as I've had it only a week. Bought it hoping it would pick up the sand in my pool. Sucks it up easily.
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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    I have the Hayward Aquacritter Diver Dave and love it! I did, however, change his name to Scuba Steve! LOL
    24' X 52" 13,500gal AGP, 1.5hp Hayward pump, Hayward sand filter & 2013 Hayward Diver Dave (I call him Scuba Steve)

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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    I am going on year three with the catfish. I had read about the problems with the batteries going bad . During the winter I charged the batteries on the catfish about every six weeks. I does work well but I am sure a vacuum hooked to a large pump works better.

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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    On Tapatalk so I don't know what pool you have, but the aquabots are great cleaners for flat bottomed pools. I have owned a lady bug and now DiverDan.
    -- Guy --
    10K gallons in 21' Round 52 inch wall Aqualeader AG, Hayward Power Flow LX 1.5 HP pump motor, Hayward Perflex EC50AC DE filter w/Cellulose, Wide mouth skimmer, 2013 new Diver Dan (craigslist) to replace the faded old Hayward AquaBug. TF-100

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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    I ordered the broom!
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    Intex Krystal Clear sand filter pump 16" & saltwater system model CS20110
    AG Intex 16' x 48" Ultra Frame
    Leslie Chlorine FAS-DPD Service Test Kit

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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    Which one. The aqua broom?
    13'x22'x52" 8,000 gallon ProSeries Pool with Borates
    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
    Bestway SWG
    AquaPro ECO500 50,000 BTU heat pump
    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    Yes. Sorry for not being clear.

    The Water Tech Broom Pool Blaster from aqua broom
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    Intex Krystal Clear sand filter pump 16" & saltwater system model CS20110
    AG Intex 16' x 48" Ultra Frame
    Leslie Chlorine FAS-DPD Service Test Kit

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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    Just an update.

    It arrived and was a piece of cake to use and worked fabulously.

    The only quibble I have is it takes two people with very dry hands to turn the thing on and off. There isn't an actual switch. You have to turn the handle that holds the batteries until its loose enough that the batteries don't start the vac. But it's really hard to grab and is tight enough that I have to get out of the pool, yell at a teen to grab the vac end, dry your hands with a towel and both of us turn in opposite directions until it loosens. So um. Points for making it a good seal and adding to my workout routine I suppose.
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    Newbie to pool ownership.

    5000 gallons
    Intex Krystal Clear sand filter pump 16" & saltwater system model CS20110
    AG Intex 16' x 48" Ultra Frame
    Leslie Chlorine FAS-DPD Service Test Kit

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    Re: buying a vacuum today or tomorrow

    If you take off the handle you'll see a rubber seal. I lubed that with pool lube, and it's much easier to turn.
    13'x22'x52" 8,000 gallon ProSeries Pool with Borates
    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
    Bestway SWG
    AquaPro ECO500 50,000 BTU heat pump
    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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