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    Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    I've come to the conclusion that whoever came up with the idea of putting a knee high pantyhose over your skimmer basket was in fact brilliant.

    This thread is to explain how to safely use a knee high pantyhose over your skimmer basket, what I suggest you do and don't do while it is on there, and how well it helps catch small particles that would have otherwise gone through the skimmer basket, to the filter, and had to be either backwashed out, or gone right back into the pool.

    Knee highs- (preferably white because of the white ones don't have the dye in them that the other ones do, but any color will work), over the skimmer basket work great anytime you are pumping your pool. They are especially helpful 1st thing in the morning to trap all those little tiny bugs that get into the pool at night, and are floating dead on top everywhere in the morning which saves you from having to hand skim the top as often, if at all.

    (Note: I am referring to the SKIMMER BASKET, NOT the FILTER/PUMP BASKET: Please be sure you know the difference in the 2 before attempting to use this little trick at all).
    ***The Skimmer basket is the one inside the wide square opening of your pool that the water flows into. There is a little flap door (called a Weir door) on it that opens, and closes to let water/debris in, or out. This is the basket you want to do this on, not the basket down inside of your filter/pump itself.**

    ****** Please be sure to Use caution if you decide to use knee high pantyhose in your skimmer basket because:*****

    1) If not secured properly the pantyhose can possibly get loose, and travel into your filter. (I put mine over the skimmer basket, with the pantyhose inside, and bring the elastic band of the knee high up, and over to the outside part of the skimmer basket. I then get it positioned the way I like it, (you will have to work that one out yourself over time). I then roll any excess elastic on the outside, up under the underside rim of the skimmer basket, and this seems to firmly hold it in place once the skimmer basket is back in it's position in the skimmer. A lot of people tie them on the skimmer basket with strings or whatever, but I don't. I just see the string tied on the underside of the skimmer basket as one more thing that could get loose, and migrate to the pump.

    2) Before the pump is started the pantyhose can float up, causing the skimmer basket to float up, and shut your Weir door therefore stopping adequate water flow to your pump. (Note: the hose Not the skimmer basket, will initially float up a little before you start your pump anyway, but this little amount will be pulled back down when the pump is started. But if the pantyhose have a balloon like effect towards the toes of the pantyhose, (the toes of the knee highs should be positioned in the center of your skimmer basket, and you will know what I mean by ballooning should it happen to you).

    I'll try to get mine to do it, and take a picture to post later of what the balloon effect I'm talking about looks like.

    If when the basket is put firmly back into place, should it balloon up in the center, then the panty hose needs to be repositioned with more of the pantyhose to the outside of the skimmer basket making the center pantyhose contents not as thickly bunched up, so water can pass through more easily.

    If the knee highs should happen to balloon up, and cut off/decrease your water flow to the pump. If this is going to happen, it usually happens at the very beginning of starting your pump up,(of course that includes every time the pantyhose are changed out too), and can also occur if you allow the pantyhose to get too dirty for water to pass through.

    Should this occur: You will then need to stop the pump, remove the knee high off the skimmer basket, prime the pump again on recirculate because of the air which can be a royal pain.

    So your best, and safest bet is to make sure there is NO BALLOONING at start up, and you clean/change the knee highs out after no more than 1-3 hours depending on how dirty your pool is. This little point will make your life much easier both by having the knee high catching tiny particles for you, and also by not ruining your pump in the process. If the no water flow/decline isn't noticed quickly, it can burn up your pump. So please beware of this, position the knee highs in there correctly, and ensure there is no ballooning when you initially start your pump, or anytime while they are in there.

    The best way to quickly catch it trying to balloon and float the basket on start up is to not put the cover over your skimmer hole until after you start the pump, and are 100% sure all is well/safe in your basket because it can tear up your pump, and will, if not properly primed and flowing.

    Once the pump is started I also like to press the pantyhose to the bottom of the skimmer basket and around with my hand, and spread the opening in the center of the pantyhose out wider with my fingers, so it can catch more in the center, and it helps give it a less of a chance of ballooning later.

    I also personally do Not recommend using knee highs in your skimmer basket while you will be away from it for an extended length of time because they can fill up quickly, especially if the pool has a lot of algae, and debris in it, and this too can prevent adequate water from getting to your pump and possibly burning it up.

    Only use them when you can monitor them closely.

    Be sure to change the knee highs out frequently about every 1 to 3 hours, (depending on how dirty your pool is).

    Do NOT add any dry chemicals through the skimmer with knee highs on it, including baking soda. (which you shouldn't be adding dry chemical through there anyway) but the dry chemicals, borax, powder shock, baking soda, etc., Will clog up and form a big clump inside the knee high, and not allow whatever you added to be properly dissolved, and it can also decrease water flow to your pump.

    When the knee highs get dirty, and you remove them, they can be washed by spraying them clean with a garden hose, dipping them in a bucket with diluted bleach water, rinsed again, and reused. If, however, they get grossly covered in algae, or the elastic at the top or the hose itself appears to be getting weak or torn, it is better to throw them away, and use a new one the next time around to prevent resubmitting any algae lurking on the used pantyhose from getting returned back into your filter/pool, or preventing them possibly not holding firmly enough to your skimmer basket, becoming dislodged, and migrating into your pump.


    Do Not leave the knee high pantyhose on the skimmer basket during backwash/rinse/recirculation/waste pump cycles. Use them on Filter cycle ONLY.

    Some people use them when vacuuming the pool too, but I personally do Not. I have tried it but didn't like it plus it made me nervous too because I couldn't see it under my vac plate to know if it was in place still or not.

    The reasons I don't recommend leaving the hose on the skimmer basket while vacuuming is 1) The suction is greater during this time, and the hose are more likely to get sucked into the pump, plus they have a tendency to fill up, get clogged, preventing the water from passing through correctly causing you to lose prime to your filter because of air, which could burn up your pump.


    I'd like to take the time to again thank the wonderful people on TFP, who have been there to help me every step of the way. I have learned so much since I arrived, and I have you ALL, and this wonderful site to thank for it.

    I hope this information helps someone who is researching whether, or not, to try this little helpful trick.

    Here is a picture of my Yucky gross skimmer basket after 1 hour of pumping the pool with the knee high in it. I'm posting it so you can see just how many small particles them being in there can trap, and also what would have been sent through your filter, having to be backwashed out later, or possibly been sent right back into your pool.



    I have also rigged up on my handheld skimmer, a full set of pantyhose-NOT Knee highs, and placed them over top of the hand held skimmer head. I then tied the legs of the pantyhose to the skimmer pole preventing them from falling off the skimmer head while skimming in the pool. I did this for the same reason as the knee highs in the skimmer basket, to be able to capture even smaller particles that would usually go through the actual skimmer netting. Although I don't have to use it very often because the knee highs over the skimmer basket usually do the trick, it too seemed to help capture a lot more tiny particles that otherwise would have been left in your pool.

    LOL I'm still trying to come up with something to alter the leaf rakes so they too can contain the smaller debris, but haven't figured that one out yet. If I do come up with something I'll let you know, and if you know of something, please let me know.

    I hope you found this information useful, and have learned how to safely use pantyhose to help keep your pool even cleaner.
    Have a wonderful day, and enjoy your clean pool.
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    This is an awesome post! Thanks very much for taking the time.


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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    LOL.
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    Great post!

    I use commercial skimmer socks, but it is the same principle. Early in the season I have to clean it every morning due to the amount of pollen it will capture.
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    Great post. To keep my knee high from ballooning I use a river rock in the bottom large enough not to go thru the pipe of course. Crazy thing did happen to me a few weeks ago. Was dangling CYA in knee hi in front of the return. Took my skimmer basket out to attach my vacuum hose and threw the hose containing the CYA in the filter on accident. Skimmer sucked it right up. I grabbed it at the last second hollering for hubby to turn off the pump as I held it because I couldn't pull it out. Whew,,,close call.

    BONUS...My Mom was cleaning out her pantyhose drawer and found about 200 knee highs.....I'm set for awhile!
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    Thank you dave.

    tlevy, thank you, and you're welcome

    tim, thank you, and I can certainly understand them getting full quickly.

    The Pool Stores here in my town don't even carry the skimmer socks anymore because so many people have started using the knee highs instead. ( I was going to just buy a couple to see how different they were than the hose but none of them carry them any longer). But our PS here also don't carry any Taylor reagents, they were also out of pump sand, and there was something else I went there for (but can't remember what it was now?) but they didn't have that either. So, lol I'm thinking that maybe they're not even pool stores at all, and just forgot to take down the sign, or lol they're just using the pool store sign as a cover up for some shady illegal business, or something.

    I started using knee highs in the skimmer basket when I got the pool several years ago. But then I let the pool go down hill d/t medical issues, and it sat unattended and uncovered for 3 years. Now I'm paying the price for the extended pool neglect, as you can see in the picture. The people here at TFP have all been so helpful in giving me tons of useful information, teaching me how to Slam that gross pool, and have helped teach me how to do things differently than well Slam people do it to help me compensate for my physical limitations.

    So I thought the least I could do for all the help I've been given here at TFP, was to pass along some info. that I know a little about that might actually help make someone else's pool clean up easier. Thank you all again. I'm glad you like the post. Have a Nice night! Brenda
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    I've used them over my bug net, with paper towels in between to catch the fine dirt at the bottom of my pool when I didn't have a vacuum that worked well. It looked hideous, but worked!!
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    Thank you smforte. The rock in there is an awesome idea as long as it's not big enough to hinder water flow, that sounds like the way to go. Wow, on the hose in the filter, that was a close call indeed, and you got very lucky you caught it. I always use a Skim-Vac Plate when vacuuming as to be able to leave my skimmer basket in for double debris collection, so to speak, that way I don't have to open the filter cap, and clean out the filter basket as often; but everyone has their preferred way of what is easiest, and works best for them.

    About the only thing I've done when using the knee high in there that I shouldn't have is to forget it was in there, and backwash or rinse only to have the big pantyhose balloon come popping up, and I've taken the skimmer basket out to remove the knee high, and forgot to put it back in before restarting the pump. Otherwise no significant issues.


    As far as mom's old pantyhose, that's awesome that you were able to get some extras, but be sure and check them closely because if they are too old they become very sticky feeling. When that happens, they have a tendency to loose tiny nylon particles off of them because they are breaking down. I found this out when I went to get a pair of old pantyhose out for church that had been in my drawer for quite some time. (lol ok, to tell the truth about it, they were probably stored in there a couple of years, or more) but they were horrible. The were really sticky, and the particles the were losing felt like tiny grains of sand, or salt on my hands.

    Thanks again, and have a wonderful night!!
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    PAGirl, whatever works. I've put them over the hand held skimmer for the same reason, minus the paper towels. LOL with my luck the paper towels would get wet, and shred into a million tiny pieces in my pool. I've tried to put the full pair of pantyhose over the Leaf rake, but the pantyhose pressed the bottom net section that catches all the debris up too far, and makes the leaf rake basically useless. LOL but I will eventually come up with some idea to get something on it to help catch the smaller particles.

    I actually have a pic of the hand held skimmer with them on there that I was going to post too, but I have no picture amount left. How do I make my pictures smaller, so I can post more pics with the amount of space I'm allotted? Thank you all, and Have a nice night!
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    Use a service such as photobucket, and paste the IMG. I might have had a picture you time, not sure where it went. Lol. I just threw out the old pantyhose covered skimmer net the other day, it had torn.
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    I actually loaded these through manage attachments, and they come through huge. I did start an account, and put them on Instagram like the How to post on here says too, but the option he clicks on (Full Editor Option in his post is not located at the bottom of my quick reply screen to click on it. So some of the other TFP told me how to go through Advanced, Manage Attachments, to post them that way, and it worked great, was super easy to do, and all of it was fine, except the sizes being way too big, and using up all my allotted pic space. Thanks for the info PAGirl
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    I was using these until I found the disposable hair nets on Amazon. 100 for $7. They work awesome.

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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    Good post
    I use 1Gal Elastic Top Paint Strainers, about a dollar each at Home Depot
    Fits perfectly around the outside of the basket with elastic holding it in place, And the basket still slides into place.
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    99taws6, and EVChargeGuy Awesome info, and thank you so much for passing it along. Those are really good prices on both of the items you all are using. I'll have to try then both out to compare the work they do to what the pantyhose has been doing.

    See there folks more of TFP awesome members have given us 2 more options up there ^^^^^^^ of other things that can be put in your skimmer basket to help get/keep your pool clean.

    So far we have knee high panty hose, skimmer socks, disposable hair nets, and 1Gal Elastic Top Paint Strainers!!! If anyone else is using something other than those, we'd love to know what it is, how inexpensive is the method your using, and how well it works.

    Oh, Decisions, Decisions. Determining exactly which item to use in your skimmer basket might be a tough decision, but Please make the decision to use something in there because it works so well, saves you from having to vacuum small particles off the bottom of the pool, or manually skim dead bugs and debris off the top off the water as often. Making that decision is one IMO that you will NOT regret. Have A Wonderful Day, and Happy Skimming!!!
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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    Amazon.com: Disposable Hair Net, Spun-Bonded Polypropylene, White, 100 per Bag: Office Products

    Here are the ones I use. You can double them up for extra cleaning as well.

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    Re: Pantyhose not just for a night on the town, or a Winter hunting trip anymore.

    Tks for the link 99taws6, I'll try to get some and check them out. Have A Nice day.
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