So, we figured out our CYA was through the roof. Had to drain today and had decided we would use the filter pump to pump through the waste port on the sand filter. We disconnected our suction line from our Hayward skimmer and put it back on the factory suction port. It pumped down pretty quickly to there. So we attached the vacuum hose and weighted it down on the bottom of the pool and started the pump again. This worked great until we got about two inches below the suction port and we figured out that the intex pump was not designed to lift water.
We tried to attach a water hose to the drain at the bottom of the pool but apparently you have to have an adapter to do so. So, I pushed the vacuum hose onto the drain port and taped it up with electrical tape. Now this was working just fine but I am a bit impatient and am all about more power. Argh, Argh, Argh. I grew up watching home improvement with Tim the tool man Taylor, I can't help it.
So how to hurry the rest of the water out of the pool?
Remove the suction port and plunger valve from the pool. Leave vacuum hose connected and taped to the drain hole on bottom of the pool. Reattach other end of vacuum hose to suction port you removed from pool. Set pump to waste, open your plunger valve, let your pump prime and turn it on. Not sure how slow it was draining by itself but I went to pumping 5 gallons in 22 seconds. That is 818 gallons per hour which in our pool is 4 inches per hour. Much better. Here are the pics...
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