Pool Cleaner. Monday , February 19th , 2018 - 12:54:38 PM
There are a few varieties of automatic pool cleaners. The first is a suctionside pool cleaner. Some pools already have a dedicated pipe for this type of cleaner. It has a long moulded plastic hose that connects a cleaning unit to filter suction, plugged into an intake pipe below the pools skimmer basket. When the suction side unit is connected and the filter is running, the cleaner will move in a random pattern across the floor and sides of the pool. Pulses of water will naturally propel the unit. Brushes are attached to the underside and have the ability to detach particles of debris. Suction carries the debris to the filter.
My oh my where do I begin? Ill try not to give my age away here but, I remember when Kreepy Kraulys were one of the first automatic pool cleaners on the market. Infact in 1974 the very first models were actually made of wood and rubber tubing. People lucky enough to have had one of those Pinochio Bots absolutley loved them. Ive heard stories from folks (my grandfather of course) who desperately tried to keep them operational by using coat hangers, duct tape and glue. Kreepy Kraulys were actually sold door to door at one time. Their salespeople were quite clever in the presentation or should I say demonstration.
The purpose of the sectional vac hose is due to the need of only enough hose to reach the furthest point in the pool. Any additional hose beyond what is necessary to reach the furthest point can and will affect the cleaners overall performance. The downside to this type of installation is that when you connect the cleaner to the skimmer port you now have eliminated the skimmers ability to collect (skim) the surface of floating debris. True there are some aftermarket products that allow the cleaner and skimmer to alternate run schedules but these devices prove to diminish performance of both the skimmer and cleaner when in there scheduled mode.
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