I bought a little 2000 Litre pool and it quickly built up a load of dust/dirt on the bottom of it and the cheap pump it came with didn’t seem to be doing much, So I looked at what I had in the garage and figured I could make my own pool cleaning system. I realized the gist of the crap was settling at the bottom so I made a quick ‘Vacuum Cleaner’ type arrangement with some PVC piping and tubing, a pump I use for brewing beer, and some odds and end I picked up from the hard ware store.
1x 20mm piece of hard PVC (Pressure Pipe) 1m long
2x PVC BSP to 20mm adapters
1 Cap end for the 20mm pipe
Some scraps of PVC Tubing, 20mm inner diameter
Assorted hose clamps.
A generic pool filter.
I put the BSP to 20mm pipe adapters onto the pump so I could attach the tubing
And used hose clamps to secure the two pieces of tubing on. the shorter of the two went onto the output.
I cut the hard PVC pipe into two lengths, one about 300mm long and the other 700mm. With the shorter of the two pipes I used a 12mm drill bit to make some holes for the water to flow through.
I used some PVC glue to keep the cap on strong. I wiped the excess away so I could put the filter on straight away.
Slid the pool filter onto the pipe. fits perfectly!
And I used a simple cable tie to keep the filter in place. it fit so well I didn’t need to use any other seals, I had expected to have to glue it on permanently or make some sort of rubber washer but it was fine.
The whole output assembly ready to go.
It could work better though, I need a narrower nozzle, more ‘vacuum cleaner’ ish. I heated the end of the tube up with a little butane torch, put an old chisel inside to keep the shape roughly and then held it down with a hammer. ugly, but it works.
The final system, works great!
I will probably make some sort of large flat base thing that’s better and collecting just from the bottom. but this project was a quick easy success! since I already had the pump, tubing scraps and hose-clamps it cost me next to nothing.
Update: I put a bucket lid on the end and it works significantly better now http://pyrocam.com/pool-cleaner-re-visited