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    Default Leaves on bottom of pool

    Ok,,, this has been a headache have been getting allot of leaves on the bottom of the pool. I been using the skimmer to vacumme it all up, untill I clogged up the valve where all the leaves go to. Now my junk Polaris 150 will not pickup the leaves on the bottom. What other tools equipment is better to use to get that kind of stuff from the bottom? ... and I mean allot of leaves Thanks!!
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    I still rely on my handy dandy leaf net. A terrific upper body toner!

    CaryB

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    Mike, a 'leaf rake' will help. They are deep nets, ~18' x ~8" x ~18" deep net to hold lots of leaves before needing to be emptied, that clip onto your skimmer pole just like the regular (flat) skimmer net.
    There's a bit of a learning curve for using them heres a few poential problems:
    Though the leaves themselves don't weigh too much, the water trapped with them does, so if you try to pick the full net up out of the water in the middle of the pool, the pole could bend or break - pull the net back to the wall and lift it straight up out.
    The leaves will try to escape if you don't keep the net moving to trap them in the bottom (a quick upward jerk will also seal the net)
    The 'slip stream' of the net passing across the bottom will stir up adjacent leaves - you can either wait for them to settle out (by going to another area of the pool for a few minutes) or you can 'herd' the leaves to the shallow end for easier removal or you can start by pushing the rake out, when you get to ~max reach, quickly flip the net 180 deg and pull it back into the stirred up leaves - whem you get to the wall, flip it again and push into the entrained leaves...
    If you have to walk to the edge of the yard or fence to dump the leaves, you can make it a little easier by stepping on the bag first (to squeze the water out making the net lighter) then grab the pole just behind the net with one hand - when you get to the dumping area, use the other hand to hold the bottom of the net up so all the leaves fall out.
    Hope this helps - it's not a 'miracle' answer but is easier than vacing them (though you do have to do a lot of laps around the pool) if you decide to get one and are having any trouble with it, let me know and I'll help as best I can
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    Default Re: Leaves on bottom of pool

    Hummmmmmmmmm....

    Is this what your talking about?


    If so, I have this. I tried. Its a pain in the &^% to use. lol


    I can keep using the manual vac, but probably going to have to start putting on my solar cover to prevent leafs coming down below...
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    Smile Re: Leaves on bottom of pool

    i too had alot of leaves used the vac but clogged up, bought the leaf bagger 26.00$$$ the one u hook up your hose too. its blue and round with a leaf bag on top cleaned all the leaves off the bottom of my pool , best thing since the toaster!!!!! jusst make sure all the parts are there when u but it , also very very easy to use. 28ft av ground

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    Default Re: Leaves on bottom of pool

    Mike, you have an amazing gift, I thought of something and described it and you were able to post a pic (I don't know what you do for a living, but you could make a bundle as an internet psychic ). Yeah, that's what I was talking about, except it doesn't have the 'squeegee flap' on the rim.
    Have you tried the 'techniques' I posted when using it?
    What is it that makes it such a PITA? - I may be able to help.
    Also Larry's choice is my #2 for leaf removal.

    Hope you can rid yourself of those persnickity leaves!!
    [edit]BTW, getting the leaves off of the solar cover can be even worse
    Last edited by waste; 10-20-2006 at 12:41 PM. Reason: Forgot to add something
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    Default Re: Leaves on bottom of pool

    how does the leaf bagger work w/ the water hose?? How is it hooked up and what makes the leaves go into the leaf bagger?


    Where can I get one at or what does it look like???

    Thanks again!!
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    Default Re: Leaves on bottom of pool

    Mike, not sure where to get one (Walmart, Home Depot ?). It's ~18" round with 4 wheels, a pole connection and a female hose connection. It works like the polaris, ie venturi action from the hose, pulls leaves etc into the big mesh bag. In fact it's basicly a garden hose driven polaris that you have to direct around the pool with the pole. Perhaps Larry can clarify for me.
    Luv & Luk, Ted

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    Smile Re: Leaves on bottom of pool

    yes i have it here in my hand, its13 inches wide, 6-7 inches. high, leaf net goes around the top white ring, it goes on your pole , the end of your hose just goes onto the fiting on the base of the bagger, water jets up the bagger netting and the leaves follow its just that simple , bought it at the pool store.

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    Default Re: Leaves on bottom of pool

    Here's a link to the leaf bagger:
    http://www.wards.com/product-2/64538.htm

    I've yet to see one in any pool store in my area (NC).

    CaryB

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