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Question DetailsAsked on 7/14/2014

how to remove sand from the bottom of an inground pool

trying to remove sand from the bottom of my pool and having problems.

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1) sweep into a pile near the bottom using the pool broom (might turn off pump and cover the drain before doing so to avoid plugging drain) then go skin diving and scrape into a bucket using dustpan and brush.
2) some pool systems have an in-line coarse sediment and toy trap/filter on the suction hose that you use for pool cleaning - in that case just use the suction hose and clean the filter out afterwards 3) if suction hose is not powerful enough (which probably means a filter is clogged), if you have a wet-dry shop vac you can ducttape its hose to the suction hose and use that. Beware of filling it up too much, as it will fill very quick. May take several cycles. Is probably going to take someone skindiving to hold the hose in place at the sand and many times the normal vacuum attachment with rollers sits too far off the bottom to pick up sand - probably your current difficulty. AND someone holding the shopvac firmly and safe distance fro the pool so it cannot possibly topple into the pool - NOT a one-man job. 4) Slurp gun - looks like below link, at Amazon and aquarium supply houses and such, and with some talent you can turn upside down and eject most of the water (but not the sand) after a filling cycle and have space for a second or third slurp before you have to surface to empty it out. Again, sweep into one place from the surface first.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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