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    Prventing twigs in plumbing

    I am looking for a clever way to prevent the 2-3" long twigs that get sucked into the vacuum when I clean. I always try to remove them with pool net but the stubborn ones stay too close to the pool bottom and I cant catch them. Most are flexible enough to end up at the pump basket but often I see them trapped in the 90 degree turn at bottom of skimmer and have to pluck them out with long needle nose pliers Is there a better tool or technique that might help?
    16 K gallon, IG, Concrete pool built approx 1970. (Resurfaced with plaster May 2015) 9 ' deep approx 17'x 33'. (1) skimmer, (1) bottom drain, (2) jets. PUMP: Hayward Max-Flo XL 2 speed 1 HP (installed May 2015). Sta-Rite T240BP-1 Crystal-Flo sand filter (installed 2007), Pentair 320 in-line chlorine /bromine feeder (2007 & 2012). TFPC with Borax/Bromine. taylor K2006 test kit. Mellen, Dallas TX

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    Re: Prventing twigs in plumbing

    Inline leaf canister.

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    Re: Prventing twigs in plumbing

    How about using a leaf rake to get the big chunks before vacuuming?
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    Re: Prventing twigs in plumbing

    Both are great suggestions
    16 K gallon, IG, Concrete pool built approx 1970. (Resurfaced with plaster May 2015) 9 ' deep approx 17'x 33'. (1) skimmer, (1) bottom drain, (2) jets. PUMP: Hayward Max-Flo XL 2 speed 1 HP (installed May 2015). Sta-Rite T240BP-1 Crystal-Flo sand filter (installed 2007), Pentair 320 in-line chlorine /bromine feeder (2007 & 2012). TFPC with Borax/Bromine. taylor K2006 test kit. Mellen, Dallas TX

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