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Hayward makes above ground pool-specific vacuums. The cleaning system uses the existing above ground swimming pool filter. The vacuum system is designed to work with permanently installed above ground pools. The vacuums are notable in that they resemble cartoon-like critters: Aquabug, Diver Dave, Wanda the Whale and Aquacritter are available cleaners. Problems with the critters include slow, or no forward movement; overly fast movement and the critter getting stuck around a ladder or at the wall.
Clean the pool's filter system if the critter fails to move forward. If your pool's pump doesn't have a strainer basket, purchase the Hayward W560 Leaf Canister to collect leaves. It inserts inline between the critter and the pump. Clean the leaf canister, the pool's hair and lint pot and any strainer baskets. Clear any blockages of the cleaner throat. You will have to pull the cleaner out of the pool and look underneath to do this.
Remove the throat if the cleaner's movement is erratic and fast. The throat is at the rear of the opening under the cleaner. Use a screwdriver to pry the throat loose.
Increase the hose length if the cleaner sticks. The included length is 32 feet. Extra lengths are available. Check the bumper freely rotates--it's on the bottom of the cleaner. Spin it and see. Install a ladder bumper if the hose keeps getting snagged in the ladder.
Clean the rear screen if the steering fails. Simply use a brush and work any debris free.
Unroll your vacuum hose out straight so that it doesn't kink as you work your way around the pool.
Attach your vacuum head to your telescopic pole and then take one end of the hose and push it onto the fitting atop the vacuum head.
Extend the pole to the desired length so that when you drop the vacuum head into the bottom of the pool, you have enough pole to maneuver.
Place the vacuum into the water and rest the pole along the side of the pool so that it doesn't slip into the water.
Prime the hose by slowly pushing the hose down into the water until you get to the other cuff. This fills the hose with water.
Remove the skimmer lid and basket. Take your hose and place your hand in the water over top of the cuff so that you keep the water inside and keep the air out. Bring the cupped hose to the skimmer basket and stick it into the bottom hole.
Use your poll to roll the vacuum head over the pool floor.
Unplug the Hoover's power cord from the wall outlet.
Press the button on the top of the dirt cup on the front of the vacuum cleaner to release the top of the dirt cup. Pull forward on the cup and lift out.
Unscrew the main filter assembly off the top of dirt cup to empty the cup. Turn the assembly upside down over a trashcan to clean the main filter with the combination tool.
Align the tabs on the filter assembly with the notches on the dirt cup, then twist the filter assembly clockwise to lock it on the cup.
Pull down the latch on the inside of the Hoover vacuum at the top while the dirt cup is removed. The latch releases the secondary filters, which swings downward for removal from the vacuum.
Push gently on the white and black filters to remove them from their frame. Wash each filter in cold water with mild detergent, then rinse to remove suds. Let the filters air dry for 24 hours before reinstalling in the vacuum cleaner.
Disconnect the power to the pool plumbing system by unplugging the electrical cord. This will stop the pump and release the vacuum from the skimmer.
Remove the vacuum hose from the skimmer, but keep it submerged in water so air does not get trapped within the hose.
Dry your hands off thoroughly and plug the pool pump back into the electrical outlet. The pump will begin to pump the water through the filter. Allow the system to run for five minutes. This process will eliminate air from the system.
Hold the vacuum hose up to the return jet to allow the vacuum hose to fill with water, ensuring there is no trapped air within the hose.
Insert the vacuum hose, while keeping it completely submerged in water, back into the skimmer. The vacuum should now start sucking properly. If not, repeat this process until all air is removed from the system.
Connect your pool's vacuum to the Pro Series pool pump and filter so that the vacuum pulls water from the pool and into the entry valve on the Hayward pump.
Turn the filter control valve to "Filter" for normal filtering or turn it to "Waste" to bypass the filter if there is a high level of debris. This will send the water and debris directly to the waste line.
Turn on the pump and vacuum and run until water in the filter canister's sight glass is clear.
Turn off the pump and the vacuum. Disconnect the vacuum from the pump.
Press the dust cup release button located on the top of the cleaner where the dust cup and the motor meet.
Insert the filter into the dust cup. Do not forcibly insert the filter into the dust cup. It should slide in with no resistance.
Align the dust cup with the motor and push the two pieces together. You will hear a click when the dust cup locks in place. You are now ready to use the vacuum.
Open all valves. If your PVB has an upstream drain, open this as well. Let all of the water drain out of the PVB.
Close all valves, drains and test cocks to a 45-degree angle when there is no more water in the PVB. Take the towel and dry all water from the PVB. Make sure the PVB is clean and dry before applying insulation tape.
Unroll about six inches from the Insulation tape and stick it onto the end of the PVB. Wrap the PVB with the insulation tape until the PVB is covered, but do not cover the drains or vents. Cut the tape and attach the end to the PVB.
Insert a knee-high nylon stocking toe-first into a vacuum cleaner's hose, rolling a few inches of the end of the nylon back over the lip of the hose and securing it with a rubber band.
Vacuum up the ladybugs, paying special attention to window sills and door jams, where they like to congregate.
Remove the rubber band and hold the stocking closed as soon as the vacuum is turned off. Use the rubber band to tie the stocking, preventing the lady bugs from escaping.
Throw the stocking away or empty the contents into a toilet and flush. If you want to ensure that the ladybugs are killed in the process, crush the bag of bugs before throwing it in the trash. Alternatively, you can put a handful of diatomaceous earth into the stocking before throwing it away. Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring abrasive powder made from the fossilized remains of algae. It is believed to cut through the exoskeleton of hard-shelled insects like ladybugs, causing them to die from dehydration.