Would this work to vacuum an inground pool?

itzafugasi

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Jun 18, 2012
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Hello,
I've maintained my parent's pool for the last 20 years or so and am thinking about creating a vacuum as seen here and on other sites (for example, http://www.poolgeniusnetwork.com/forum/ ... 2#comments).

This does seem a bit expensive, so I was wondering if anyone has ever tried an above ground filter/pump combination to vacuum an inground pool. The pool is 16x32, about 8 1/2 ft in the deep end. Would a setup such as the below link have the power/ability to pump water, or does it strictly need to be below the water level? Not necessarily this exact combo, but something similar w/ a 1HP pump and cartridge filter.
I'm just thinking of a way that would get the job done without vacuuming through the sand filter, as we've been doing previously. Thanks in advance.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Heritage-Pool ... p/20452365
 

JohnT

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Many above ground pumps aren't able to prime when they are above the water surface, although some will.

What problem are you having using the pool's filter for vacuuming?
 

itzafugasi

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Jun 18, 2012
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Thanks for your reply. I figured that would be the case.
It's not so much a problem, it's just that we have a lot of sediment (dirt/sand) on the bottom of the pool and sucking that up is a bit difficult. And also not having to run the garbage through the sand filter is a plus!
 

Bama Rambler

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You'd either need to find a manual or call the mfg and ask what the lift is on that pump. It may well be plenty for your needs.