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Thread: Tip: Simple way to keep leaves out of your skimmer (The Pretzel)

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    Tip: Simple way to keep leaves out of your skimmer (The Pretzel)

    Hi Everyone,

    For those of us that run our pool year-round Fall leaves can be a pain. Here is a simple way to keep 95% of the leaves out of your skimmer... just place a double loop of your vacuum hose (the Pretzel) in front of your skimmer. Now you can leave for a weekend and not worry about returning to a wheezing, water-starved pump.

    -Dean

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    Re: Tip: Simple way to keep leaves out of your skimmer (The Pretzel)

    excellent Idea!!

    I had wondered how I was going to deal with the loads of wishbone shaped pine needles I have to deal with when away.

    They often fill my skimmer to the brim this time of year.
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    Re: Tip: Simple way to keep leaves out of your skimmer (The Pretzel)

    Great idea. Defeats the purpose of a skimmer, but good for those overload times. I have a bottom drain so I'm good. But i just might use that idea in my pond!!! Thank you, thank you!

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    Also, if you put a skimmer sock in your skimmer, you can collect stuff but still allow water to pass. Just don't put it all the way down into the basket.
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