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    DIY Pool Vacuum

    I'm looking to put together a portable vacuum for the club I run. We have two pools that need to be vacuumed on a weekly basis; if not more. Currently we plug into one of the skimmers and use the filtration system to vacuum. Because one pool is so far away from the pump room we barely get any suction.

    I was looking at using something like this. I would have it on a portable cart with an extension cord.

    Would something like this work?

    By the way the two pools are 130,000 gallons and 70,000 gallons.

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    Re: DIY Pool Vacuum

    I don't see why not. When I lived in a condo, I watched the pool guy one time. He had a Honda trash pump and a filter mounted on a hand truck. He didn't even need to mess with a cord!
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    Re: DIY Pool Vacuum

    Are these indoor or outdoor pools.?
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    Re: DIY Pool Vacuum

    That is an AG pump setup and I don't think Intex pumps are very good at self-priming nor have very high suction lift so it could end up being PITA every time you want to vacuum.

    However, other AG setups like this one, would self-prime.

    http://www.amazon.com/Pentair-Sta-Ri...+AG+pump+setup

    But it would probably be very heavy once the filter is full of water.

    The best solution is probably a commercially available pool cleaner like this one:

    http://www.aquaqualitypools.com/vacuum_systems.htm
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    Re: DIY Pool Vacuum

    These are outdoor pools. The Tomcat system is exactly what I want to build. Not sure what size cartridge filter to buy.

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    Re: DIY Pool Vacuum

    I would get as small as possible. Note that the Tomcat is using a very small filter. First, you don't need a big filter because it is not for general use and second, the larger the filter, the heavier it will be when full of water. That also means that you need to pair it with a small pump so as not to damage the filter.
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