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Are you enjoying an inflatable swimming pool for the summer?  Chances are you are not enjoying the dirt that collects at the bottom of it.  Here is how to inexpensively build your own handheld pool vacuum that will make cleaning up dirt a breeze.
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Step 1: Supplies Needed

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Plastic tubing - at least 1" diameter, length will vary depending on your pool size
Plastic funnel
Rubber band
Knee-high pantyhose
Hot glue gun

Step 2:

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Start by using the hot glue gun to attach the plastic tubing to the funnel.  Make sure to put plenty of glue both inside the tubing and on the outer edge where the two items connect.  You want to get a good seal that will not leak air or water.

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Now take the panty hose and stretch over the opening of the funnel.  Use the rubber band to secure the pantyhose to the funnel.  The pantyhose serves as a filter to catch dirt as it is sucked up.

Your pool vacuum is now complete!  Super easy, right?

To use it, simply take the end with the funnel and press it against the suction filter inside your pool.  The suction power will pull the funnel against it and create a seal.  You then use the other end of the tubing as the vacuum end to pick up dirt and debris in your pool. A tip - make sure all air bubbles are out of the tube before you begin.
LeslieR410 days ago

This looks like something I'm going to put to make. I will change it up and use the extra parts I have from a Kirby vacuum cleaner that's broken. I'll use the hose with the 2 ft. straight plastic attachment at one end adding the wood floor cleaning attachment to that. Sometimes being a single mom comes in handing when you're trying to come up with an inexpensive way to make things happen. Thank you for this!

JoanneHuber2 years ago
We tried it for the heck of it. It worked, not that great lol but it worked.
nunyacinco (author)  JoanneHuber2 years ago
Glad you tried it. I've found that to get the best results you have to first make sure all of the air bubbles are out of the filter pump.
anasdad2 years ago
Wow! Simple idea. Why didn't I think about it?
Good job!