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Thread: When to skim, when to vacuum?

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    Klundell's Avatar
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    Feb 2018
    Chandler AZ

    When to skim, when to vacuum?

    Hi! Any advice on how to split time between a vacuum and a skimmer? Currently I run the skimmer on low for 4 hours (will bump that up to 8 when we start swimming). As for the vacuum, from what I under
    stand, it needs to be used on high. The problem is that I have to manually switch the valve from skimming to vacuum. Would you recommend I use the vacuum every day?
    Or can I run the skimmer daily, then only run the vacuum once a week?
    I think the previous owner split the valve so it was half vacuum and half skimmer- would that work? Seems like the vacuum wouldn't have enough power.
    Krys, Chandler AZ
    Pebble Tech Pool / 28,000 gallons
    Triton Fiberglass Sand Filter Model TR60
    Jacuzzi J-VSP250 Variable Speed Pump

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    Mod Squad Jimrahbe's Avatar
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    Jul 2014
    Bedford, TX

    Re: When to skim, when to vacuum?


    I have a Robot pool cleaner and not a vacuum pool cleaner, but the basic idea is still the same. I only run my robot about once a week... More if I can see 'stuff' on the bottom of the pool I want to vacuum up..

    I agree that your vacuum cleaner would most likely not run well with a 50/50 split..

    Thanks for posting,

    Jim R.
    Finished in 2015 - 17K Gal, IG, 20' x 25' Almost Rectangular Pool, Pebble finish, three rockport water falls. Pentair Equipment: EasyTouch 4, IC40 SWG, 3 HP VS Pump, CCP520 Cartridge Filter.
    TF100 with SpeedStir and SampleSizer, ColorQ Pro 7, Dolphin Premier Robot Cleaner, added Screen Logic 2, added small 3 person Caldera Spa.

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