How to Make a Handheld Pool Vacuum




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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

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:

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.

Step 3:

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.

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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago

    I use a commercial made vacuum (HTH) and found it works best if I 'first' connect it to the outlet and allow the outlet water to blow all the air out of the hose (completely fill with water).

    Then unplug it and (while keeping the open end of the vac hose under water) connect it to the inlet.

    After I connect, there is always a vary small amount of air still trapped in the corrugations of the tubing, I will open the pump bleed valve and bleed off any air that may have found its way to the pump.

    It's the air in the lines that kills the vacuum effect.

    Based on what I see here, I see no reason why this should not work just fine. Very ingenious!


    3 years ago

    I made it just as shown and didnt work at all... Better luck to others


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Wow! Simple idea. Why didn't I think about it?
    Good job!