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    How to add DE without skimmer

    I'd like to start filtering as my pool fills, but how do I add DE if the water level is below the skimmer?

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    Re: How to add DE without skimmer

    Put it in and old sock, like a tube sock and tie that to a pool noodle. But you want enough water so that sock isn't resting on the bottom.
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    Re: How to add DE without skimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by AimeeH View Post
    Put it in and old sock, like a tube sock and tie that to a pool noodle. But you want enough water so that sock isn't resting on the bottom.
    No, don't do that. That's for CYA.

    If you can isolate the main drain so you can actually pump and filter, and it's not too late, just wade in when the water's less than a foot deep and gently add DE to the drain. Maybe mix it up as a slurry in a bucket so you can aim it at the drain accurately. You don't want it spreading out in the pool.
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    Re: How to add DE without skimmer

    OH my gosh.

    Horrible reading on my part. Thanks Richard.
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    Re: How to add DE without skimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    No, don't do that. That's for CYA.

    If you can isolate the main drain so you can actually pump and filter, and it's not too late, just wade in when the water's less than a foot deep and gently add DE to the drain. Maybe mix it up as a slurry in a bucket so you can aim it at the drain accurately. You don't want it spreading out in the pool.
    About 4 feet My thought is small batches in the pump basket?

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    Re: How to add DE without skimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by ckk81 View Post
    About 4 feet My thought is small batches in the pump basket?

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    You'll just be sucking air before you can react. I think you'll just have to wait.

    You could prefilter the water going in to get some rust by packing a bucket full of polyester batting and setting the hose it at the bottom so it all has to percolate up through the layers to overflow into the pool.
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    OK got a bit nutty. Put a quart of DE in the bottle. Filled with water to make a slurry. Hopped in pool. Swam down to drain. Squeezed bottle directly on top of drain. Rinse and repeat.

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    Re: How to add DE without skimmer

    You win the McGyver award
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