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    Air in leaf basket

    Recently installed an Intex sand filter on my 16 foot AGP. I had to use intex adapters that go from I believe 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 flex hose. I didn't use the cheap plastic hose clamps that came with the adapters, instead I switched them out for metal hose clamps. I seem to be getting what I think to be is to much air in the leaf basket on the pump. It is not enough air that the motor has started sucking air or lost prime, but every time I release the air, it always goes back to about the same point within an hour or 2. I've tightened every connection as much as I can, and all of rings are new and in place. Is it normal for that much air to be there? Or should it be completely free of air? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Air in leaf basket

    Welcome to the forum!

    How much air are you seeing? It shouldn't be much, and have you double checked the seal on the basket lid? It's common to suck air in there.
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    Re: Air in leaf basket

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    Welcome to the forum!

    How much air are you seeing? It shouldn't be much, and have you double checked the seal on the basket lid? It's common to suck air in there.
    The o ring on the lid is intact. I'd say probably about 1/4 of the total capacity of the basket fills with air... Enough to concern me, but not enough to expose the pump intake... Yet

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    Re: Air in leaf basket

    Seems to possibly be the skimmer... I disconnected the skimmer for a few hours and didn't get any air at all... Is it possible that the turbulent water going into the skimmer sucks air down with it?

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    Re: Air in leaf basket

    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrod421 View Post
    Seems to possibly be the skimmer... I disconnected the skimmer for a few hours and didn't get any air at all... Is it possible that the turbulent water going into the skimmer sucks air down with it?
    Very common. Low water level and high flow can create a vortex and suck air. It's easy enough to check, just look inside when it's running and look for a whirlpool.
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    Re: Air in leaf basket

    Welcome to TFP, just raise your water a little, about 3/4 of the way on the skimmer
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