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    Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    I am using skimmer socks in my basket to catch small needles that come off a cedar tree near my pool. The trouble is that they only last a week and I feel that for the money I am spending, I could find a more permanent solution. I was able to find this http://ep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-914256006...mesh-bag-3.gif for the debris canister coming off my main drain, but haven't found something similar for my skimmer basket. I am half considering buying another of those bags and cutting it down and attaching it to my basket with a zip tie. Has anyone come up with something better?

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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    I know many folks here on TFP use cheap hairnets instead of skimmer socks. They're cheap enough you can even just chuck them after one or two uses.

    Not sure if this is the best kind but something similar:

    3M Disposable Hair Net 407, Spunbond Polypropylene, Universal, White (Case of 100): Amazon.com: Industrial Scientific

    Try typing "hair net skimmer" into the search box in the upper right.
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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    Quote Originally Posted by JVTrain View Post
    I know many folks here on TFP use cheap hairnets instead of skimmer socks. They're cheap enough you can even just chuck them after one or two uses.

    Not sure if this is the best kind but something similar:

    3M Disposable Hair Net 407, Spunbond Polypropylene, Universal, White (Case of 100): Amazon.com: Industrial Scientific

    Try typing "hair net skimmer" into the search box in the upper right.
    Wouldn't have thought of that, thank you!

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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    Try 1 gallon paint strainers from Lowes or Home Depot.
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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    Quote Originally Posted by kywildcats View Post
    Try 1 gallon paint strainers from Lowes or Home Depot.
    I will take a look at those too. One of my problems is that I have a metal rod that is the handle on my skimmer basket. So, I have to put two holes in my skimmer socks to use the handle, and otherwise it is a PITA to get the basket out without spilling all of the contents back into the water if I don't have the handle.

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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    I use the above 3M hair nets. Work ridiculously well.
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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    I have been using a paint strainer for over six months. I just put it into the basket and then put the rod into its holes just kind of pushing on the net.
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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    I use the paint strainers too. works great and lasts much longer than traditional skimmer socks.

    I bought a 3 pack last summer and still using the first one.
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    THESE HAIR NETS FROM AMAZON have worked well for me. Cheapest I have found so far.
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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    I use what GARY300 uses and throw them away each time I change them. I had been using $4 ones and washing them but that was a big pain.
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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    Quote Originally Posted by mzimm88 View Post
    I have a metal rod that is the handle on my skimmer basket. So, I have to put two holes in my skimmer socks to use the handle, and otherwise it is a PITA
    I put paint strainers OUTSIDE my baskets. They are pinched between basket and slimmer when basket installed so they stay on. I only take the basket out when the pump is off.

    I use paint strainers/pool skimmer socks from Amazon (really same).

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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    That seems too risky. They could easily get sucked in and cause a clog.
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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    They have been sucked into my pump basket twice, but I just pull them out there. Mesh, so didn't stop flow, but ok.

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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    Unless they are full of debris when they get sucked in and get stuck. Do as you wish, not sure why that is easier.

    Just not going to let potentially non-trouble free ideas go unchallenged
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    Re: Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

    Thanks!

    It is easier when our baskets have handles-the exact issue op posted about.

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