How to vacuum small Intex AGP

sapool

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Aug 2, 2020
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San Antonio
I have the 8x18x42” AGP. I have been having nightmares trying to figure out to vacuum. Small kids and lots of heat means little grass and lots of mud. I upgraded from the small cartridge filter to the 12” this season.
I have this vacuum tube:
This vacuum:

I have the intex side overhang skimmer.
I use and adaptor to connect to the skimmer hose after it’s filled with water.

I then plug the other inlet, turn the pump to waste and turn the pump back on.

the pollen and small Live Oak leaves quickly Jam up the screen on the inlet and everything stops.

there has got to be a better way.
today I tried rigging a valve plunger to my Type B connector to my adaptor and again it worked for a short while but then it quickly started drawing air into the tubes and the basket tank on the pump started filling with air.

what am I doing wrong? What is the magic?
 

kellyfair

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Jun 29, 2016
4,248
Tampa, FL
Pool Size
7000
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Intex Krystal Clear
I used the Intex Auto cleaner with my Intex. Connects to the return, not the inlet, and the debris goes to a chamber inside the cleaner, not the pump. It worked great, but I’m not sure with your small pool. What size is your return?
 

kellyfair

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Bronze Supporter
Jun 29, 2016
4,248
Tampa, FL
Pool Size
7000
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Intex Krystal Clear
It might be a bit too weak for the cleaner.

I used to have one of those vacuums that you used with water hose - hated it!

One thing you can do to keep pool a lot cleaner is to lay down law with family - put a bin at base of ladder for people to dip their feet before they get in. Also, create a little deck area with pavers so they aren’t going straight from grass (or dirt) into pool.