Doughboy makes premanufactured swimming pools that are suitable for both above-ground and partially submerged installations. In addition to traditional steel-walled pools, Doughboy is known for pools that use resin walls and frames. Like all other above-ground pools, vacuuming is a part of regular maintenance of a Doughboy pool to keep the pool bottom free of dirt and debris that can affect water clarity and cleanliness.

A Doughboy resin above-ground swimming pool.
credit: Doughboy Pools
Doughboy makes prefabricated pools suitable for above-ground and partially submerged applications.

In order to vacuum your Doughboy pool, you must attach a portable vacuum head to a pool hose connected to the filter pump system on your pool.

Step 1 Connect the Vacuum Hose to the Filter Pump

Turn your pool filter pump off, then remove the top of the skimmer by turning it. For most models, it is a counterclockwise twist to the cover that removes it. Remove the skimmer basket, and insert the skimmer vacuum attachment in its place.

Step 2 Connect the Vacuum Head

Connect one end of the pool hose to the vacuum head. Attach the telescopic pole to the vacuum head — the pole should snap into a socket fitting on the top of the vacuum head.

Step 3 Activate the Vacuum

Place the vacuum in the water. Turn on the filter pump. Place the free end of the pool hose against the pool's return jet to allow the hose to fill up with water. Take the end of the pool hose and connect it to the vacuum attachment inside the skimmer.

Step 4 Vacuum the Pool Bottom

Vacuum the pool bottom slowly and methodically to not miss any spots. Also move the vacuum head up the sides of the pool. The pool filter will suck in the water and circulate it through the filter as it does during normal operation — except that it will be passing through the vacuum unit as it pumps, thereby removing larger debris from the bottom of the pool.

Step 5 Finishing Up

Turn the filter pump off and disconnect the vacuum assembly when finished. Replace the vacuum attachment with the skimmer basket and restart the filter pump. Clean and store the vacuum unit as directed by the manufacturer.