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How to Make a Portable Pool Vacuum

A pool vacuum is used to remove contaminants that get into a pool's water. To make a portable pool vacuum to remove items that foul the inside of a pool, use a wet/dry vacuum and a garden hose. The portable pool vacuum made from these components, which are available at hardware stores, will enable you to clean hard-to-reach areas of the pool.

Stand a wet/dry vacuum on the pool's deck. Plug the vacuum’s power cord into an alternating current (AC) electrical outlet.

Insert one end of a 20-foot long garden hose into the hose that is attached to the vacuum. Wrap strips of waterproof tape around the end of the hose until it is totally covered to connect the two hoses.

  • A pool vacuum is used to remove contaminants that get into a pool's water.
  • To make a portable pool vacuum to remove items that foul the inside of a pool, use a wet/dry vacuum and a garden hose.

Straighten out the garden hose. Hold its non-taped end against an inside edge of the pool. Turn on the wet/dry vacuum. Run the end of the garden hose against the edges of the pool to remove dirt and other contaminants from the pool.

Move your portable pool vacuum to another area of the pool that needs cleaning. Also vacuum hard-to-reach areas of the pool that the internal pool filter cannot reach.

Turn off the portable pool vacuum when you are finished cleaning. Remove the garden hose from the water, and place it on the deck. Remove the vacuum’s power cord from the AC outlet. Empty the water from inside the vacuum.

  • Straighten out the garden hose.
  • Empty the water from inside the vacuum.

Operate A Pool Vacuum

Attach the vacuum head to the extension pole. Turn the vacuum head until the head clicks into place. This shows that the air has emptied from the hose. Place your hand over the end of the hose to create a seal. Connect the hose end to the vacuum port of your pump. If necessary, direct the pump's flow by moving the handle to the bypass setting. Do not pull the head above the water line. Move the vacuum head over the bottom of the pool using the extension rod. Remove all the debris from the pool.

  • Attach the vacuum head to the extension pole.
  • Move the vacuum head over the bottom of the pool using the extension rod.

Operate A Pool Vacuum

Attach the vacuum head to the extension pole. Turn the vacuum head until the head clicks into place. This shows that the air has emptied from the hose. Place your hand over the end of the hose to create a seal. Connect the hose end to the vacuum port of your pump. If necessary, direct the pump's flow by moving the handle to the bypass setting. Do not pull the head above the water line. Move the vacuum head over the bottom of the pool using the extension rod. Remove all the debris from the pool.

  • Attach the vacuum head to the extension pole.
  • Move the vacuum head over the bottom of the pool using the extension rod.

Tip

Always take proper safety measures when using an electrically powered device around a pool to avoid electrocution.

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