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    Vacuuming - never done it before!

    I have some fine sand/dirt in the bottom of the pool - I'm assuming it's not DE but you never know! I guess I need to vacuum it and I have the hose to fit to the weir basket and the vacuum brush head and know that I need to fill the hose with water etc and the mechanics of the vacuuming.

    My question is will vacuuming this fine sand damage the pump? I guess I have no choice but is there a filter or something that can catch the sand (perhaps in the pump basket) before it hits the pump?

    Also, do I vacuum to the filter or vacuum to waste?
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    Re: Vacuuming - never done it before!

    If you have larger debris, you would want to have a leaf catcher or similar in place. If it is just a little dirt, then there is no problem just vacuuming it up.

    You can vacuum to waste or to the filter, you will lose a lot of water going to waste though.
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    Re: Vacuuming - never done it before!

    If it isn't much go to the filter. It won't hurt the pump.

    If you ever become tired of vacuuming, buy a good robot. I haven't done it once since I got mine.
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    Re: Vacuuming - never done it before!

    the pump itself is a sealed unit. Like has been said, you could only gunk up and block the impeller on the "wet" end. Then you have issues!
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    Re: Vacuuming - never done it before!

    I have a pool cleaner - I think it's a Polaris 300 or something and it has its own pump. All it does is pick up leaves and large debris so really all that is left is the sand. Should it be picking up the sand also? I can't imagine how since it only has one line going to it... What kind of robot should I get?
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    Re: Vacuuming - never done it before!

    I don't think they do well on dirt/dust on the bottom. I'm partial to Dolphin robots, but check out the cleaner forum here and do some looking around. Lots of cleaner talk over there.
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    Re: Vacuuming - never done it before!

    I actually like vacuuming my pool. I put on goggles and dive down deep and use the hand held cleaner and make sure i get it all. Sometimes i use a cheap snorkel and stay under for 5 or 10 mins. Maybe I'm weird, but i get enjoyment out of it....LOL Might be harder on a pool with a deep end though.

    And i vacuum straight to the filter unless I need to drain some, then i turn it to waste and drop the water level a bit. It all comes out when I backwash anyway.
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