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    Has your skimmer equalizer flap ever broken?

    I've had this float assembly for my Pentair U3 skimmer for less than a year, and the little flap that you move to adjust flow from skimmer or drain already broke.

    I could get a new one for $10, but it might just break in the next year anyway. I thought I'd just design and make a better one myself. Would a 316 stainless steel or aluminum part be a problem with pool chemicals?

    Also, if you have had a broken one, chime in because knowing it is a widespread problem would motivate me to take this on.

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    Re: Has your skimmer equalizer flap ever broken?

    Lots of broken ones. I just replace the flap. I suppose SS would work.

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    Re: Has your skimmer equalizer flap ever broken?

    Yep. Broke. Cut a piece of 1/8" plexiglass and drilled a screw hole.
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    Re: Has your skimmer equalizer flap ever broken?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Yep. Broke. Cut a piece of 1/8" plexiglass and drilled a screw hole.
    You are a genius. Always over-thinking things, me.
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    Re: Has your skimmer equalizer flap ever broken?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surf Hawk View Post
    You are a genius. Always over-thinking things, me.
    You don't even have to radius the corners.
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    Re: Has your skimmer equalizer flap ever broken?

    This is 6061 Aluminum with a round on one side to get as much flow as possible when open. Perhaps I'd like to notch out a half moon on the other side to improve flow when open. Should last.

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    Re: Has your skimmer equalizer flap ever broken?

    I took mine off. I think you would want as much flow as possible through the skimmers.
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    Re: Has your skimmer equalizer flap ever broken?

    I actually leave mine mostly fully closed most of the time. It was probably anecdotal but my pool seemed to recover faster from an algae incident when I left it that way. I have a solar cover most of the time anyway, so skimming action isn't really happening.

    Not one to leave a good thing alone, I'm now making a CNC'ed version, I'll post a pic when it's all done.
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    Re: Has your skimmer equalizer flap ever broken?

    When skimmers are hooked in series, that equalizer is used to balance the flow between the skimmers......leaving it wide open (or closed) would effectively negate it's purpose.
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    Re: Has your skimmer equalizer flap ever broken?

    In that case I would agree but plumbing skimmers in series is not wise thing to do and hopefully not many PBs would do such a foolish thing.
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