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Thread: Skimmer Socks/nylons - All Summer Long?

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    Jul 2013
    Northern Howell, NJ

    Skimmer Socks/nylons - All Summer Long?

    I'll gear this question toward the northeast guys because I know what our pollen season is like. But if other areas of the country experience seasonal pollen feel free to chime in....

    I've always been in the habit of just using skimmer socks early in the season when the tree pollen is high. Once mid June comes around I forgo the socks. For those of you that use skimmer socks during the pollen season you know what they look like after just one day. It's literally like like cleaning vomit out of the skimmer. (The Dolphin Bag is the same way).

    Now I know how beneficial these thing are whereas if I wasn't using them, then this slop would end up on the filter media. But the downside is that you really need to stay on top of cleaning these every day otherwise the skimmer can build up a lot of pressure. I am more than willing to do this during the high pollen season. But once that subsides and the skimmers are really only catching the occasional leaves, I don't feel they serve that much of an advantage.

    Question is more of a survey. You guys do the same? You agree with my method or feel I should use them all summer long?
    25 + year pool owner. Current pool (going on 13th year) - 38K gallon in ground Gunite/White Plaster, Spillover Spa, Hayward Cartridge Filter, Hayward 450k BTU NG Heater, Hayward Goldline Aqua Logic control with T-Cell-15 Salt Water Cell, Dolphin Explorer.

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    Rome, NY

    Re: Skimmer Socks/nylons - All Summer Long?

    I just started using them (actually the hairnets for $6 on amazon) and plan on using all season.
    Changing every other day this time of year and haven't seen a build up in pressure at all.
    Pool installed 8/2015. 30' round Radiant pool. 21,000 gallons. 200# sand. Hayward Vari flow XL valve. 1.5hp Hayward Power-Flo Matrix running 10 hours/day in two periods. TF100 with speed stir. Sun all day, south side of house
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    Re: Skimmer Socks/nylons - All Summer Long?

    I started using skimmer socks this year and cleaned them each day during pollen season. But once that ended I started using the cheap hairnets on Amazon for about 6 cents a piece. I change them every other day or so (just throw them out). I don't think it will help that much as i probably will have to clean my filter once a season regardless of which approach I take but I find it easy enough to do so I am still using them.
    1200 Sq Ft 41,000 Gal. Gunite, JANDY SVRS VS pump, JANDY JXI 400,000 BTU, Polaris 280 w/ 3/4 BP, Rockwall and Grotto (w/6 jets and blower), 2 JANDY Lam Jets, 2 LED Bubblers, 5 Ledlights, AQUALINK P16 RS, 90% Quartz, SWF 185 GMP BP, SWF 125 BP, Levelor K1100 Autofill, AP Digital SWG, 2 skim and 5 returns, and mostly 3 inch piping

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