My climbing pool robot cleaner is getting stuck on my pool stairs

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. I was hoping you can help.

    I have an in the ground pool. My pool robot climbs the walls fine and generally works well. However,
    my pool robot is trying to climb my pool stairs that lead to the outside and keeps getting stuck on
    the first stair. So when the robot gets stuck, he just stays there and no further cleaning occurs.

    Can you recommend an idea so that he won't get stuck. I tried to clean the stairs and that did not
    help. It seems that the first stair is just tall enough to make the robot stuck.

    Thanks much,


    Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC

    Author of RECRUITSOURCE PEOPLESOFT EXAM and RECRUITSOURCE SAP/R3 EXAM
    Author of POWER TIPS FOR THE APPLE NEWTON and INTRODUCTION TO CSP

    NOTE: To send me an email, remove TAKEOUT from my email address:

    NOTE: My web home page: www.seldin.net
    Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC, Jun 22, 2006
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  2. What kind is it? I have a Polaris 280 . About every 5 min. there is a
    reverse jet in the hose about 5' from the 280 it goes on and pulls the whole
    unite backwards. Also I found if you watch it will never work you must peek
    around the corner. Same sort of thing as watching water boiling.



    "Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I was hoping you can help.
    >
    > I have an in the ground pool. My pool robot climbs the walls fine and
    > generally works well. However,
    > my pool robot is trying to climb my pool stairs that lead to the outside
    > and keeps getting stuck on
    > the first stair. So when the robot gets stuck, he just stays there and no
    > further cleaning occurs.
    >
    > Can you recommend an idea so that he won't get stuck. I tried to clean the
    > stairs and that did not
    > help. It seems that the first stair is just tall enough to make the robot
    > stuck.
    >
    > Thanks much,
    >
    >
    > Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC
    >
    > Author of RECRUITSOURCE PEOPLESOFT EXAM and RECRUITSOURCE SAP/R3 EXAM
    > Author of POWER TIPS FOR THE APPLE NEWTON and INTRODUCTION TO CSP
    >
    > NOTE: To send me an email, remove TAKEOUT from my email address:
    >
    >
    > NOTE: My web home page: www.seldin.net
    Sacramento Dave, Jun 22, 2006
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  3. Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC

    BobK207 Guest

    Sacramento Dave wrote:
    > What kind is it? I have a Polaris 280 . About every 5 min. there is a
    > reverse jet in the hose about 5' from the 280 it goes on and pulls the whole
    > unite backwards. Also I found if you watch it will never work you must peek
    > around the corner. Same sort of thing as watching water boiling.
    >
    >
    >
    > "Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >I was hoping you can help.
    > >
    > > I have an in the ground pool. My pool robot climbs the walls fine and
    > > generally works well. However,
    > > my pool robot is trying to climb my pool stairs that lead to the outside
    > > and keeps getting stuck on
    > > the first stair. So when the robot gets stuck, he just stays there and no
    > > further cleaning occurs.
    > >
    > > Can you recommend an idea so that he won't get stuck. I tried to clean the
    > > stairs and that did not
    > > help. It seems that the first stair is just tall enough to make the robot
    > > stuck.
    > >
    > > Thanks much,
    > >
    > >
    > > Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC
    > >
    > > Author of RECRUITSOURCE PEOPLESOFT EXAM and RECRUITSOURCE SAP/R3 EXAM
    > > Author of POWER TIPS FOR THE APPLE NEWTON and INTRODUCTION TO CSP
    > >
    > > NOTE: To send me an email, remove TAKEOUT from my email address:
    > >
    > >
    > > NOTE: My web home page: www.seldin.net




    Ah! The old "automatic pool cleaner gets stuck problem"!

    We had the same problem plus it would get wrapped around the handrail
    going down the stairs.

    I tried all sort of barriers, redirection vanes, etc I watched the
    thing forever & it never got stuck BUT I'd come home from work & it
    would be wrapped around the axle!

    FInally (luckily) this could work, I shortened the supply hose &
    slightly so it couldn't climb the stairs. I just brushed the stairs
    myself everyday, forced me to get out & look the pool over for a few
    minutes.

    The random nature of the pool cleaners & pool geometry sometimes setup
    situations where the things just get stuck. I agree with Dave that the
    units with reversing jets are less likely to get stuck

    cheers
    Bob
    BobK207, Jun 22, 2006
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  4. Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC

    mm Guest

    On Thu, 22 Jun 2006 10:58:40 -0400, "Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC"
    <> wrote:

    >I have an in the ground pool. My pool robot climbs the walls fine and generally works well. However,
    >my pool robot is trying to climb my pool stairs that lead to the outside and keeps getting stuck on
    >the first stair. So when the robot gets stuck, he just stays there and no further cleaning occurs.
    >
    >Can you recommend an idea so that he won't get stuck. I tried to clean the stairs and that did not
    >help. It seems that the first stair is just tall enough to make the robot stuck.
    >
    >Thanks much,


    Hey, my pool robot climbs up the stairs, out of the pool, up the wall
    of the house, in a bedroom window, and then it gives M&M Peanuts to
    the baby. You have it easy.
    mm, Jun 22, 2006
    #4
  5. Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC

    ameijers Guest

    "Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I was hoping you can help.
    >
    > I have an in the ground pool. My pool robot climbs the walls fine and

    generally works well. However,
    > my pool robot is trying to climb my pool stairs that lead to the outside

    and keeps getting stuck on
    > the first stair. So when the robot gets stuck, he just stays there and no

    further cleaning occurs.
    Put in a ramp? :^)
    (well, somebody had to say it....)

    aem sends....
    ameijers, Jun 23, 2006
    #5
  6. > What kind is it? I have a Polaris 280 . About every 5 min. there is a
    >reverse jet in the hose about 5' from the 280 it goes on and pulls the whole
    >unite backwards. Also I found if you watch it will never work you must peek
    >around the corner. Same sort of thing as watching water boiling.


    My robot is an Aquavac 2.0. It does not have jets. It has wheels on the front and the back that roll
    forward and backward. It seems that after the front wheels clime my 1st step of stairs that it then
    loses traction and ends up that the front wheels are spinning in the air. Then the back wheels do
    not have enough traction, etc. to move backward, etc.


    Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC

    Author of RECRUITSOURCE PEOPLESOFT EXAM and RECRUITSOURCE SAP/R3 EXAM
    Author of POWER TIPS FOR THE APPLE NEWTON and INTRODUCTION TO CSP

    NOTE: To send me an email, remove TAKEOUT from my email address:

    NOTE: My web home page: www.seldin.net
    Lawrence M. Seldin, CMC, CPC, Jun 23, 2006
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