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    How do I vacuum the pool?

    When I was a teenager, my dad had a round AGP. I didn't pay enough attention to the cleaning.

    I was looking at Pool School and didn't see anything about vacuuming.

    I know that generally you want the pool and water settled when you vacuum. Do you have tips/procedures/gotchas that I should be aware of?
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    Re: How do I vacuum the pool?

    When the water is warm enough I just get in with the pump running and hook up the vacuum and slowly ease around and vacuum the whole pool. It's kinda relaxing really. Ther biggest hint I can give you is to go slowly.
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    Re: How do I vacuum the pool?

    Agreed, go slowly, I tend to do it with a beverage close by, or in my other hand. Its similar to vacuuming the floor in the house, get all the corners and nooks, around the edges. For my IG, the dirt tends to settle in the creases and seams of the liner, and along the slopes.
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    Re: How do I vacuum the pool?

    I do it in the am it gives me some peace and queit time in the pool I get in and walk very slowly, I take my time to relax.
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    Re: How do I vacuum the pool?

    How about vacuuming to waste verses vacuuming and then backwash?
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    Re: How do I vacuum the pool?

    My personal experience is that I lose more water If I vacuum to waste vs. vacuuming to filter and then backwashing.
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    Re: How do I vacuum the pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by mkenyon2
    When I was a teenager, my dad had a round AGP. I didn't pay enough attention to the cleaning.

    I was looking at Pool School and didn't see anything about vacuuming.

    I know that generally you want the pool and water settled when you vacuum. Do you have tips/procedures/gotchas that I should be aware of?
    Sneak up on the dirt. Move the head sloooooooooooow, so that the suction pulls the dirt in as you approach, rather than the water displaced by the head pushing it away.

    It's also easier to do without direct sunlight on it. Less glare.

    And as I learned yesterday, skim the surface before you start. I got awfully frustrated trying to vacuum up a shadow.
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