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    Skimmer suction vac?

    Hi,

    Can someone recommend a good pool vac to use with my skimmer? I have a pole & 40' 1.5 hose, just need something to clean with. I have a polaris 280 which runs around but I need something for trouble areas.

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    Re: Skimmer suction vac?

    Any standard vacuum head for an inground pool I'd think.
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    Re: Skimmer suction vac?

    I use one that looks like this that I bought at Lowes.

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    Re: Skimmer suction vac?

    I have two skimmers - do i need a 'blank' cover to close off one of the skimmers (I have two)?
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    Re: Skimmer suction vac?

    Quote Originally Posted by RichTJ99 View Post
    I have two skimmers - do i need a 'blank' cover to close off one of the skimmers (I have two)?
    If they're teed with no individual valves, yes. It's much easier to pull water through the skimmer than through a lengthy hose. It doesn't have to be fancy. A rubber ball, a rock, whatever. Just be sure it won't break and/or get sucked down. You can develop a lot of suction!
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    Re: Skimmer suction vac?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    If they're teed with no individual valves, yes. It's much easier to pull water through the skimmer than through a lengthy hose. It doesn't have to be fancy. A rubber ball, a rock, whatever. Just be sure it won't break and/or get sucked down. You can develop a lot of suction!

    So I think this is how my setup works (not entirely sure):
    Pipes: http://i.imgur.com/KcOp28C.jpg

    Skimmers: http://i.imgur.com/fo4OIg4.jpg

    So if I turn the spa skimmer off, the deep skimmer off, then use a ball in the far skimmer, the skimmer that has the suction for the vacuum should work very well?

    Do I need to worry about it vacuuming my skin off if I happen touch that area by accident?
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    Re: Skimmer suction vac?

    Quote Originally Posted by RichTJ99 View Post
    So I think this is how my setup works (not entirely sure):
    Pipes: http://i.imgur.com/KcOp28C.jpg

    Skimmers: http://i.imgur.com/fo4OIg4.jpg

    So if I turn the spa skimmer off, the deep skimmer off, then use a ball in the far skimmer, the skimmer that has the suction for the vacuum should work very well?

    Do I need to worry about it vacuuming my skin off if I happen touch that area by accident?
    More likely is that the head will get stuck on the pool floor. If that happens, just crack the spa or main drain a little so you have enough suction to vacuum without getting stuck constantly.
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