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    Can I divorce my skimmer?

    My Intex skimmer keeps giving me big headaches. If I leave filter running without checking, it seems to have a mind of it's own. The wind was blowing very strongly today and I guess the skimmer was blown out of place. When I returned, I had to backwash and rinse the sand filter. I have mosquito netting over entire pool, so do I really need the skimmer part that floats?
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    Re: Can I divorce my skimmer?

    the skimmer is just a convenience, well unless it doesn't work,like yours. Yes, you can run the filter without the skimmer & use a skimmer net to manually clean the surface of the water.
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    Re: Can I divorce my skimmer?

    You can also put a rock in it to weight it down.
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    Re: Can I divorce my skimmer?

    Quote Originally Posted by zea3 View Post
    You can also put a rock in it to weight it down.
    It has a 5 pound weight attached to it now. The strong winds made short work of that.

    AG, Intex 18' x48" Easy Set pool( =/- 5455 gal)
    Intex SF80110 sand filter & SWG ECO 7110, Hayward AquaCritter
    Well water, location is north Texas, usually up from late May to Oct.
    Taylor TF-100 test kit, TDS Digital Salinity meter and Taylor salt kit

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    Re: Can I divorce my skimmer?

    Quote Originally Posted by mulia View Post
    the skimmer is just a convenience, well unless it doesn't work,like yours. Yes, you can run the filter without the skimmer & use a skimmer net to manually clean the surface of the water.
    Does my mosquito netting take the place of skimming?

    AG, Intex 18' x48" Easy Set pool( =/- 5455 gal)
    Intex SF80110 sand filter & SWG ECO 7110, Hayward AquaCritter
    Well water, location is north Texas, usually up from late May to Oct.
    Taylor TF-100 test kit, TDS Digital Salinity meter and Taylor salt kit

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