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31 May 2013 10:17 AM by paulbirkett Star rating. 34 posts Send private message

 Good morning everyone


We are hoping that anty eye on Spain readers can give us advice about buying a swimming pool cleaner.  We consider the robotic ones very expensive so anyone that has experience of the hoover type (non electric) would be most welcome. We live in Los Alcazares but do have access to Le Roy Merlins and the like. 

PS.  have recently read some online reviews and makes like the Zodiac T5 and G2 seem to get bad press because the parts keep needing to be replaced.

Looking for anything in the range 150-250 euro's if that helps.

Many thanks in advance

Paul Birkett


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01 Jun 2013 11:27 AM by El alamillo Star rating in Nottingham & El Alam.... 221 posts Send private message

 For me. I think the good old way of filter cleaning the pool is the best way. Using Pipe long pole and brush.

Usind the addition of wide brush to remove any stubben dirt it will mix and filter

Remember to rinse and Backwash filter


Clean to waste. I have an automatic filler on my pool.

My pool has been in 6 years now always looks clean.


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01 Jun 2013 7:24 PM by windtalker Star rating. 1822 posts Send private message

Save your money and carry on cleaning your pool with a vacuum brush ,every so call automatic pool cleaner I have come across tends to work itself into the nearest corner and stay there until you move it .

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03 Jun 2013 2:06 PM by paulbirkett Star rating. 34 posts Send private message

 Many thanks guys for your 2 replies to carry on using manual method.  Adds to other comments I have seen about

the pool cleaners always needing new parts and staying in one place.  On a similar subject is it the case from your experience

that you need to top up filter with additional sand every year or so?  Of course based on an average filter cleaning schedule?

Just that I don't want to start taking off all the screws/bolts on top of the filter unnecessarily.


cheers in advance


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03 Jun 2013 6:19 PM by windtalker Star rating. 1822 posts Send private message

The sand filter generally does not require topping up ,it should be completely changed every three years costs about 30euros if you do it yourself it takes about 2 hours to complete the job good luck. 

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04 Jun 2013 1:30 PM by El alamillo Star rating in Nottingham & El Alam.... 221 posts Send private message

Agree with windtalker. Provided that you Rinse and Backwash each filter clean. Also while you do a sand change you can check your laterals and change if signs of damage. It is important when refilling filter with sand that you evenly spred the sand below the laterals and wet as you do, as any adverse presure on the laterals may damage them. Hope this info Helps.

I know post drifts from the original but any info helps I am sure.

Best Regards


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