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    Merits of Skimmer Socks

    I'm pretty thorough when it comes to treating my pool, but these past 2 weeks left me to question my abilities. I had an elusive problem where my chlorine levels were tanking to near zero ppm! Hoping to nip this problem in the bud, I went to the pool school page and went through the regimen of shocking & brushing my pool several times and cleaning my DE filter. After the passing of a week or so, the chlorine levels started tanking once again! I was wondering what the heck is getting into the pool to cause such a thing? So I installed a skimmer sock to see if there were "things" making their way into the DE filter. After inspecting my skimmer sock 24 hours later, it was loaded with very tiny insects small enough to make it through my screened pool enclosure! Appears that this was enough of an organic load to bring my SWCG to its knees! It was the first time in 4 years that this has ever happened, I am a firm believer in using skimmer socks ... now I can set my SWCG to a lower setting too and hopefully extend the SWCG's usefulness too

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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    I cannot say enough good about skimmer socks. I refuse to run without them. I've found some great ones on Amazon for a about buck apiece, and I'm getting a month or more out of them. I can't prove it yet, but I firmly believe they will extend the time between deep cleaning a sand filter, and I know they cut down on back washing. In terms of how much easier they make cleaning the pump strainer they are worth it for this alone.
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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    I agree with Patrick. I have been amazed how much pollen they will remove. The ones I use are treated and quickly remove lotions and oils from the water.

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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    Patrick,

    Could you please PM me on the Amazon skimmer socks that you use?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    Another vote for skimmer socks!

    I keep 20/25 on hand. I change them daily and once a week I throw them in with a load of rags and run them through the washer. I reuse mine until they fall apart.
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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    We toss ours when the "treatment" has worn off....

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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    Patrick,

    Could you please PM me on the Amazon skimmer socks that you use?

    Thanks!

    KARL
    Please share with the thread. No reason you can't plug a product you think works well. As long as you don't own stock in said company
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    Merits of Skimmer Socks

    I started using a fine mesh skimmer sock this season and I was very impressed with how much junk it collected. During the high pollen season when the mesquite and Palo Verde pollen is falling like rain, I would routinely empty anywhere from 1-2 pounds of organic debris (including beetles and cinch bug nymphs) out of the sock. All I could think to my self was that I am surely glad all the organic debris did not make it to my filter!

    Now the mesquite bean pods are killing me but those I get with the lead rake.


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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    Lead Rake!! Oh My!!
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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    Quote Originally Posted by pabeader View Post
    Lead Rake!! Oh My!!
    Ugh!!! I have fat fingers and that just does not work on an iPhone. Not to mention Apple auto spell which gets me all the time.

    I hit submit and then had to go back to change "skinny sick" to "skimmer sock"!!


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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    Here's where I ordered mine http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o01_s00

    If that was a nono Patrick, please edit my post.

    I was surprised at how much small grass clipppings it catches, and I'm very careful about mowing around the pool.

    And yes, I agree I backwash less often now
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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    Thanks for sharing. Just ordered.
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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    I use the 1 gallon paint screen/mesh cloth products from the local home improvement store. I get 2-3 in a bag and they last me quite a while. They are my official "bug magnet".
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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    5gal. paint strainers are what I used when I was doing my slam. I can't describe the stuff I found in them. Actually turned them black!! Yum.
    Bob - Palm Beach by San Juan Pools. approx 5000 gals., Pentair 320 cartridge filter (all new guts installed by me), Goldline SWG, 'New to me' Kreepy Krauly Sand Shark, Intermec 104 Timer Test kit: TF-100 w/Speed Stir

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    Re: Merits of Skimmer Socks

    I use knee high stockings and they work well. Definitely keeps a lot of crud out of the filter.
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