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  • AUTOMATIC POOL CLEANERO W N E R S M A N U A L

    OPERATION, TROUBLESHOOTING & PARTS

    1998, Sta-Rite Industries, Inc. Printed in U.S.A S364 (Rev. 11/23/98)

    Sta-Rite Pool/Spa Group293 Wright Street, Delavan, WI 53115North America: 800-752-0183, FAX 800-582-2217 International: 414-728-5551, FAX: 414-728-4461, TELEX: ITT 4970245Union City, TN Delavan, WI Mississauga, Ont. Murrieta, CA

    ABOUT SAFETY Before installing the cleaner, review and understand all

    warnings and safety information on inside cover of manual.

    ABOUT INSTALLATION Please use the convenient, water resistant EASY STEPS card.

    About Safety .............................................................2About Your Pool and Filter System ...........................2About Installation .....................................................3About the Cleaner Operation....................................4About Fine Tuning Vacuum Adjustments............4,5About the Cleaner and Accessories...........................5

    About Troubleshooting .............................................6About Maintenance ..................................................7About Disassembly ...................................................8About Assembly........................................................9Repair Parts.............................................................10Warranty.................................................................11

    INDEX

    1873 0795Model GW9500

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    Before installing your cleaner, review andunderstand all warnings and safety informa-

    tion on the inside front cover of this manual.

    Pre-installation check listBefore installing the cleaner in a vinyl liner pool:

    Check liner closely for signs of deterioration or damagefrom age, chemicals, pool wall damage, etc. If any dam-age is found, have a qualified pool professional makeall necessary repairs. Also, if there are stones, roots,etc., under the liner, remove them before installing thecleaner.

    Before installing the cleaner in a gunite pool or a poolthat is partially or completely tiled:

    Repair loose tiles and tighten any loose light rings.

    Before installing the cleaner, clean your filter system:

    Make sure you have cleaned the filter, including back-washing, rinsing, and emptying all baskets. A cleansystem is necessary for proper cleaner operation andcoverage.

    Before installing the cleaner, fill the hose with water:

    Always make sure the cleaner head is submerged andthe hose is full of water before connecting the hose tothe filtration system (whether through a skimmer ordedicated wall fitting). Air in the system can damagethe pump through dry running and overheating.

    Before installing the cleaner, understand cleaner cov-erage:

    The cleaner is designed to rid your pool of debris inapproximately 4-6 hours. Less time could be needed,depending on the pool size.

    The cleaner was not designed to automatically cleansteps or swimouts or to work under a solar cover. Itwas also not designed to do initial cleanup for a newpool or when opening your pool for the season.

    Suction entrapment, injury, and drown-ing hazard. If your pool has a dedicated suctionport (vac port) for vacuuming or for an automaticpool cleaner, it must be covered when not in use.Purchase a spring loaded safety cover from your localpool store and install it on the suction port to prevententrapment and injury.

    ABOUT YOUR POOL AND FILTER SYSTEM:

    This is the safety alert symbol. When you seethis symbol on your system or in this manual,

    look for one of the following signal words and bealert to the potential for personal injury.

    warns about hazards that will causedeath, serious personal injury, or major propertydamage if ignored.

    warns about hazards that can causedeath, serious personal injury, or major propertydamage if ignored.

    warns about hazards that will or cancause minor personal injury or property damage ifignored.

    Carefully read and follow all safety instructions inthis manual and on equipment. Keep safety labels ingood condition; replace if missing or damaged.

    Hazardous suction. Can trap and tear hair or body parts.Can cause drowning.Do not play with cleaner or hose or apply to body.Do not let children use orplay with pool cleaner.Stop pump before attempting to clean unit.

    1058 0594

    Oscillator mayinjure hands or fingers.Stop pump before attempt-ing to clean out pool cleanerhead.

    Hose can tripor entangle swimmers.Do not allow swimmers inpool while pool cleaner isoperating.

    Please read the following before installing your new automatic pool cleaner!

    ABOUT SAFETY:

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    1882 0795

    VacuumRegulatorw/2 Caps

    SwivelAss'y

    ReducerCone

    Hose

    Cleaner

    24'

    1881 0795

    8'

    1880 07

    Skimmer

    VacPort

    SwivelAssembly

    Hose must equal longest stretch plus at least 4 feet.

    Figure 1

    Figure 2

    Figure 3 Figure 4

    Figure 5 Figure 6

    Figure 7

    Hose Cuff marked"Connect to Cleaner"

    1875 0795

    White RubberReducer Cone

    White PlasticVacuum Regulator

    ABOUT INSTALLATIONPlease use the convenient, water resistant, EASY-STEPS card.

    Step 1: Straighten hose (Figure 1)

    Remove and uncoil the hose from the carton. Lay it outin the sunlight, flat and straight.Step 2: Check parts (Figure 2)

    Cleaner, black plastic swivel assembly, white rubberreducer cone, one 24 and two 8 hoses, white plasticvacuum regulator, extra black regulator cap marked50.Step 3: Clean filter system (Figure 3)

    Backwash and clean filter; rinse; clean all baskets, etc.Start pump.Step 4: Adjust valves for vacuuming (Figure 4)

    Decide on the vacuum connection you are going to use(either a skimmer or a dedicated wall fitting) and adjustthe pump valves (if your system has valves) to direct allvacuum there.Close the main drain (also see About Fine Tuning theVacuum, Page 4)Step 5: Assemble cleaner (Figure 5)

    Insert swivel assembly into cleaner; twist 1/4 turn.Step 6: Measure hose length needed (Figure 6)

    Before connecting the hose, lay it out from the vacuumconnection you are using (whether skimmer or dedicat-ed wall fitting) to the furthest point of the pool. Thehose should be at least 4 longer than this. More than 4longer is OK. Do not cut the hose.Step 7: Connect hose to cleaner (Figure 7)

    Connect the 24 hose end marked connect to cleanerto the black swivel assembly. Connect the white plasticvacuum regulator to the opposite end of the hose. Insertthe regulator into the white rubber reducer cone.Step 8: Connect hose to filter system (Figure 8)

    Fill the cleaner and hose with water and connect to thesuction source. The cleaner will begin to operate.

    Figure 8

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    Clicking soundThis sound is the oscillator moving back and forth inthe oscillator chamber. The best speed for it is about500 oscillations per minute. The vibration created bythe oscillator moves the bristles and the cleaner. If theoscillator is running too fast, the cleaner will have atendency to climb up the pool wall past the waterline,or walk out of the pool.

    Movement around the poolRandom motion The cleaner will visit most spots inthe pool in a 6 hour period. It is not specifically pro-grammed and cannot see the dirt you are seeing. It is arandom motion cleaner.

    The cleaner was designed to spend most of its time inthe deep end, where most of the floor and wall areaexists. During a 6 hour period the cleaner will visit the

    shallow end a few times.Rotating motion The cleaner will rise up on one sideand pivot a few times per minute. This is normal andprovides the following:

    1. Allows leaves that are being pushed or dragged alongto be sucked up into the vacuum chamber.

    2. Allows the cleaner to: Change direction Get out of corners Get away from ladders Submerge below pool water level Get off of domed main drain covers

    Picks up big stuffThe cleaner will pick up some debris so large that itmay jam. Simply stop the pump and remove the debrisfrom the oscillator or the swivel assembly.

    ABOUT THE CLEANER OPERATION:

    ABOUT FINE-TUNING VACUUM ADJUSTMENTS AND CONNECTIONS:

    Pool pump suction is hazardous andcan cause entrapment with severe personal injuryor drowning. Use vacuum regulator (see instructionsbelow) in pool cleaner system unless pool cleaner willnot operate with regulator installed.

    Note: Each pools hydraulic system and vacuum con-nections are different. Be sure you have installed thewhite plastic vacuum regulator before you fine-tunethe system. This not only regulates vacuum, but alsoacts as a safety device.

    Suction entrapment, injury, and drown-ing hazard. If your pool has a dedicated suctionport (vac port) for vacuuming or for an automaticpool cleaner, it must be covered when not in use.Purchase a spring loaded safety cover from your localpool store and install it on the suction port to prevententrapment and injury.

    For the NOVICE POOL OWNER where vacuumingis a new experience, please read all of the followingpoints, installation instructions, and trouble shootingguide carefully.

    Please note the following: Vacuum and suction are two words meaning the

    same thing. Dedicated suction line, vac port, and

    vac fitting are different terms for ahole in the side wall of pool; this holeis connected to the pump suction andis dedicated to vacuuming.

    Some pools do not have a vac port. Ifyour pool does have one, please readthe Suction Entrapment warning at left.

    For the SEASONED POOL OWNER: The automaticpool cleaner connection and vacuum adjustments canbe similar to using your manual pool vacuum. Pleaseread on.

    Valves (pump, skimmer, and main drain) and vacuum adj

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