Purchasing a pool vacuum should be among the most important things for every pool owner. However, sometimes you may find yourself unable to use it and in a situation where you need it badly. In this article, we’ll show you how to make a DIY pool vacuum in a few easy steps so you can have your homemade pool vacuum ready in a matter of minutes when needed.
Pros Of Homemade Pool Vacuum
DIY pool vacuums have a few reasons positive enough to motivate you to make one as soon as possible:
- It’s cheap, compared to pool vacuum hoses and pool vacuum heads. A DIY vacuum cleaner can be done without having to take a load of money away from your pocket.
- It gets the job done. This type of vacuum cleaner will do just fine when you need to clean something on a smaller scale, like sand or dirt or leaves.
- It’s easy to assemble. Almost all of the parts of your homemade pool vacuum cleaner can be found easily, so even if something breaks it won’t take much time, effort or money to replace it.
- It’s easy to carry around and maneuver.
- You can try different types of tubes, funnels, and see which one works the best for you.
Cons Of DIY Pool Vacuum
Although it is hard to say whether there is a DIY vacuum con, it is good to know what possible negative sides are:
- The lack of parts quality. Sooner or later you’ll find yourself in a situation where you’ll have to change something, and the chance of something breaking is higher with a homemade pool vacuum compared to a regular pool vacuum.
- Although useful, this type of vacuum is certainly not a replacement for a professional one and can’t replace it when the time for any more complex maintenance task comes.
Parts You’ll Need For Vacuum
Here is the list of all the parts you’ll need to make your homemade pool vacuum:
- Plastic tubing, at least 1 inch wide. The length depends on your needs;
- Plastic funnel
- Rubber band
- Knee-high pantyhose
- Hot glue gun
How To Make A DIY Pool Vacuum
Now it is time to learn how to vacuum a pool without a pump:
Use a hot glue gun to spread the glue both on the inside and the outside of a tube, and add the funnel so the narrow side goes into the tube, while the wider side should be facing out. Don’t be shy on glue, as it will prevent the air or water from leaking.
Attach the pantyhose to the wide side of a funnel to make a filter and keep the dirt inside the tube. Use a rubber band to secure it and prevent it from falling off.
Take the funnel end of the tube and press it against the suction filter. If done correctly and if the filter itself works properly, it will suck the funnel and seal it.
Use the other end of a tube to suck the dirt, debris, leaves or anything else you have to remove. As you do it, make sure there are no air bubbles in the tube to avoid any possible damage to your equipment.
Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about DIY pool vacuums:
Q: How do you make a homemade pool vacuum?
The process of making a pool vacuum is pretty simple – take the tube, place the narrow part of a funnel in it, glue it together, place a pantyhose around the wide end of a funnel, secure it with a rubber band and that’s all. Now just press it against the filter and let the physics do the rest.
Q: Can you vacuum your pool with a shop vac?
The short answer is – yes, you can vacuum the pool with a shop vacuum, but there are a few things to know before you decide to give it a go. Firstly, make sure it is far enough so the water doesn’t reach it or it doesn’t fall in the pool. And secondly, use the attachment that is good for flat surfaces.
Q: How do I get the dirt out of my pool without a vacuum?
For large debris, use a plastic leaf rake. If you want to remove oils, lotions or anything similar, throwing a few tennis balls into the pool and letting them float for a while will do the trick. You can also use the pool filter, but make sure it is clean before you start, and clean it again once you finish. And, of course, you can use brushes and a dustpan.
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Making a pool vacuum is not complicated at all and it will most definitely cut the costs of your everyday pool maintenance. You can also show your creativity and try different tubes and funnels to find the best possible combination for your own needs.