yes it is. with my device i can add a little bit in multiple spots around the perimeter very easily. still, no brushing. so not the best but better than nothing. In the fall i use the device in front of the return jets; in the time after i cover but before i fully close. i also use a robot during that time and only pop the cover when i need to clean the robot. much easier this way for me.It's better if you can brush down the walls and floor to mix in the liquid chlorine rather than just adding it to the pool in one spot.
Brilliant using the return to fill the vacuum hose! Now, what do I do with a hose that keeps coiling up. There has got to be a trick to getting it freed up so I am not wrestling with it!When starting to vacuum, put the bottom of the vacuum up to the return to fill the hose, with the vacuum cap in the skimmer. As soon as the air bubbles stop and water runs out, put the cap on the skimmer to start to vacuum. When finished, lift of the vacuum head to let air in and suck all water out, holding on to the cap - as soon as you can feel the cap move, remove it - you will have hardly any water left in the hose .
When the water in your pool is not up to the skimmer yet, and you want the pump on filter, you can use the vacuum head and pole to use the water from the pool to go into the skimmer. You can also drain your pool this way too 8)
When testing your pool water take the sample from the place that gets the least circulation - like near the ladder, this way you be sure that all the water in the pool has the right amount of chemicals. Get your sample from about 8" down.
Here is my favorite - if you need to clean the scum line - get in and enjoy the water while you do it :-D
FWIW, sometimes it helps to lay the hose out as straight as you can, in the sun. Then put something on it or tie it to something to hold one end firm, and pull on it after it warms up. Sometimes you can feel the twists and unwind them a bit. Then lay it back down to heat in the sun, and do it a few more times. After that, storing it without winding it up any tighter than absolutely necessary can help. If there's a hidey place where you can leave it laid out straight when stored, that will also help.Brilliant using the return to fill the vacuum hose! Now, what do I do with a hose that keeps coiling up. There has got to be a trick to getting it freed up so I am not wrestling with it!
Never thought abotu the Skimmer on Skimmer action before, that is a great idea..Went over to a friend of a friend's house today to help him with his pool. He was seriously pool-stored and ended up with CYA over 100 in his first season. Showed him how to test and how to vacuum and explained the chemistry. Hopefully have him set up so I can help him over the phone for a while. I showed him a couple of things that are handy, and neither he or the friend who connected us knew about them:
The first is the use of polarized sunglasses when cleaning the pool. Boaters and fishermen know for sure how good they are at cutting the glare off the water, but they are great for being able to see the bottom of the pool when there's a little chop on the water.
The other thing is how I skim the pool. After the net has some stuff in it, I lower the net right next to the skimmer with the dirty side toward the pool's skimmer door. The water flow pulls the crud off and into the skimmer.
Both seemed obvious to me, but those guys were all but in awe of me when I left. 8)
For those of us who don't have an auto-fill built into our pools. Make your own with with a cheap and simple float valve intended for cattle troughs. Hook up a garden hose and voila!Once my pool has warmed up to a good swimming temperature, it seems that evaporation lowers the pool level, so water needs to be added. My wife hates me adding cold hose water to the pool which lowers the pool temperature.
What I have started doing is running 100 feet of hose around the pool deck and just trickle the water. The sun heats the water, so as I fill the pool, my temperature doesn't drop.
The only down side is that, it can take days of trickling water to raise the pool level.