This blog is not particularly technical but it is definitely money saving. I have a Polaris Pool Sweep in my pool. (a) It does a pretty good job keeping the pool clean. It uses a mesh bag (b) to capture the debris as it moves as a water pressure activated vacuum cleaner. So far no complaints, where I get aggravated is the $24.00 price tag on the replacement bags. We aren’t talking stainless steel or anything with a chip in it, we are talking a nylon mesh bag with a plastic collar. As a former business owner I am all in favor of profit but when you have a captive market that you assume has big bucks because they have an in-ground pool (hah!), there is no reason to hose (no pun intended) them over on a consumable. Anyway, now retired and needing a replacement bag I put my creative juices to the task and came up with a workable alternative.
You buy a lingerie wash bag at the dollar store for a buck. You use a stainless steel hose clamp ($3.00) or a cable tie $0.25 and you have just saved yourself $20 plus tax and shipping. (Parts C) If you have the plastic sleeve from an old bag, you can clamp on to it, otherwise just clamp onto the Polaris itself. I cut a hole in the bottom of the bag and sewed it to size with 4lb fishing line. Cutting the hole allows you to use the zipper the bag came with to empty the bag when full I added two pieces of Velcro to hold the bag upright and viola, a DYI Polaris bag. This process should work with any of their models as long as you have saved their plastic sleeve that inserts into the pool sweep itself.
It isn’t elegant but then who cares what the pool sweep looks like as long as the pool is clean. (Finished Product D) So save yourself some money and do it yourself!
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