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Pool Python wins a entrepreneurial competition.
||MERRILLVILLE — For the
first time in the six-year history of The Big Sell,
audience members’ votes resulted in a tie Saturday that
propelled 11 rather than 10 emerging entrepreneurs into
the final afternoon round to win $100,000 in cash prizes
and startup services.
And the two top winners in the Open/Social
Entrepreneurship category are local residents – Robin
Bissker, of Valparaiso, for his Pool Python Pool
Skimmer, and Kim Macchiaella, of Hammond, for her One
Shot Mc Shot.
The Pool Python draws the pool’s surface water into it
and through a filter bag, capturing any floating insects
and debris, said Bissker, who came to Valparaiso 18
years ago from South Africa.
“I was cleaning pools and cleaning gutters when I came
up with this idea,” said Bissker, who currently makes
the equipment in his basement. “You don’t need as many
chemicals. It saves the filter and the pump. There’s no
dangerous suction. It could also be used to clean up oil
spills and harvest duckweed, which is a high-protein
rich animal feed.”
Install The Pool Python™
- Locate the Return
Valve (where the water enters the pool from the
- Remove the round
eyeball-valve, its retaining ring, and its housing
(socket) to expose the female 1-1/2” thread. The
housing can be tight and you might need a tool to
remove it. An opened plumbers-wrench inserted into
the opening works well for this. Remember to rotate
anti-clockwise to remove. This is the hardest part!
- Bend The Pool
Python's goose-neck hose in such a position to allow
you to screw The Pool Python's connector into the
connection in the wall. While holding the connector
firmly and ensuring that is not cross-threaded,
screw it in approximately 5x turns. When in position
it the special tape will bind in the thread and hold
- Orient the
connector so that the flexible hose is at an
approximately 45 degree angle as shown above.
- Set the body of
The Pool Python horizontally, almost submerged with
just the top surface out of the water. See above.
- If you have a
high-flow filtration system, it is recommended you
remove the pressure relief plug on the connector.
This will help considerably to move the pool's water
in a circular rotation, greatly improving your pools
cleaning efficiency. If you have a dual return
system, it might not be necessary to remove the
plug. Excess pressure will be diverted to the other
return valve. Direct the other eyeball valve in the
same direction as the Pool Python's flow to maximize
- Turn on the pump.
- Adjust The Pool
Python until it is visibly working at its maximum
efficiency. The water jet, inside the unit, is also
adjustable – simply push the end with your finger.
Adjust this jet to reduce noise and increase its
“pulling power” and reduce out-flow or bubbling on
the opposite corner of the slot near the bag.
Empty The Debris Bag
Turn off pump.
Remove black retaining ring and bag. Set retaining
ring aside and empty the bag by turning it inside
re-attach, feed the open end of the bag through the
ring and fold outwards and over by about 1 inch.
Slip bag and ring over the end and fit to the four
grooves. See illustration.
Turn on pump and adjust The Pool Python if
|Fine Tuning - What
To Do If...
- The wall
fitting and The Pool Python's connections do not
You need a 1-1/2” female connector to screw The Pool
Python into. Take the fittings you removed and The
Pool Python to your local pool store. They will be
able to supply the correct adapters or contact us
and we can advise you on the correct fittings.
- I overextended
the segmented hose and it has broken inside the
This is easy to correct. Remove The Pool Python from
the wall. Remove the white outer hose and straighten
the goose neck hose as much as possible. Replace the
white outer hose. While firmly holding the outer
white hose as straight as possible, place one end on
a firm surface such as the edge of a table and exert
direct pressure onto the opposite end and it will
pop back into place. Re-attach The Pool Python.
- It is too
Remove the 1/2” plug from the wall connector. This
will reduce the flow of water through The Pool
Python. If you have multiple return valves, remove
or use a bigger diameter eyeball-valve in the other
return line. If just some reduction of flow is
required, you could drill a ¼” hole through the plug
itself. This is a standard plumbing fitting and is
available cheaply from a hardware store if you need
to replace it. If you have one return valve and a
pump larger than 1.5hp, you might wish to enlarge
the hole in the connector. You will need a 1” drill
bit to do this. To temporarily quiet The Pool
Python, “drown” it by submerging it. This will not
damage it or harm your filter system.
- The water flow
You might have a small pump. Even with the 1/2”
plug installed, it might not work as efficiently as
a 1hp or bigger pump.
Raise The Pool Python higher out of the water to
“reduce” the size of the intake. Note that the
bottom edge is angled to allow for low pressure use
or allow for elevated evaporation levels. Also
adjust the black nozzle inside the unit to maximize
Check that your inlet flow is sufficient and that
your intake system is clear of blockages.
- I have a light
on my return valve and The Pool Python does not fit.
This product is designed for standard pools with a
1-1/2” return valve. Adapters are available to
overcome this issue and are available through your
local pool store. Alternatively, email us or call us
and we will assist you.
- The Pool Python
seems too short. It does not reach the surface of
Your return valve is exceptionally deep. Please
contact us for an easy-fit extension.
Most problems are easily corrected and we are here
to help you. If you have any questions, email
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