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    Skimmer net

    I'm not even sure what the thing is called, but I'm in need of advice on a good pool skimmer net (not the kind you lay out over the winter cover, but the kind on the pole one uses daily to clean out debris)! We had one a few years ago that I loved, but can't seem to find another like it. It had a flattened edge on one side or the rim, and quite a large surface area. Anyone have one they really like?
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    Re: Skimmer net

    There are two types, a skimmer net which is fairly flat mesh, kind of like a giant fly-swatter. The other type is called a leaf rake which is more like a large, elongated dip net.

    I have a Stanley leaf rake and it works OK. I have an old crusty skimmer net but I rarely use that.

    tftestkits.net (associated with the site owners here) sells both types but I do not have any experience with those. TFTestkits.net
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    Re: Skimmer net

    I use this one and like it.
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    Re: Skimmer net

    So do you guys prefer the one that is more like a 'bag' vs the flatter 'flyswatter' style (which is what I've used in the past)? I'm needing a good one for that day to day stuff that manages to blow into the pool.
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    Re: Skimmer net

    I have both, the only time anyone uses the flat one is if someone is helping me. I just bought my house in the fall, so my experience has been trying to remove a lot of leaves in the shortest time possible. The leaf rake is definitely the tool for that. Mine is really cheap and needs to be replaced. I'm looking forward to what other people have to suggest.
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    Re: Skimmer net

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    Cal Pools Wave Force Plus (wall return jets plus 2 floor pop-ups), Venturi Skimmer
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    Re: Skimmer net

    I get the cheaper smaller ones at lowes that I can manage and replace after they wear out.
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    Re: Skimmer net

    I bought the fly-swagger style at WalMart to replace the one I have that's starting to tear. I'm hoping it will last a season. I'm able to get 90% of stuff while it's still floating, so a leaf rake isn't a necessity for me. I've also been able to use the brush to stir up the few leaves that do fine their way to the bottom so I can then catch them with the swatter.


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    Re: Skimmer net

    I have this leaf rake with a life-time warranty and love it Amazon.com : ProTuff 19 Garden
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