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    Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Can someone snap a pic on yours installed? I need to install mine and it's so hard to see how it installs in the instructions. It does not seem like it fits exactly in or seals the vac hole

    Thanks!

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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Do you have the deluxe skimmer? I have one and can get a pic tomorrow in the daylight. The port is not supposed to be sealed though. It just kind of blocks things from being stuck in the hole when not in use. I am of course assuming you mean the port in the pool under the skimmer opening. When you place the lid inside to vacuum you don't want the port blocked.
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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    That's the one. I appreciate it!

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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Well I realized they with the aquador plate installed it does not have the pre drill hole to install the vacuum port cover. So if you could still post a pic that would be great

    Thanks

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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Ok, here ya go. The bottom "C" shaped piece is just screwed on holding that rubber flap thing on but it's not supposed to seal. I can't get the underside or it'll ruin my phone lol.



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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Perfect. I'll just self tap it in with a stainless screw. Thanks for the pics!

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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Anytime. Are you sure yours intended to have that? If there isn't a hole I don't think I would go drilling on it.
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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    It still has the vacuum port. I have the exact plate you have in the shed. When they install the aquador for winterizing it just doesn't have that hole. I am going call doughboy today to make sure.

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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    So I have this port/skimmer too and its called a vacuum port but theres no suction on it? I always go into the skimmer through the flapper door and insert my vacuum attachment directly to the port in the bottom of the skimmer....

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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    To use the vacuum port you need to turn off the filter. Take the clear plastic brown lid off the skimmer and fit it inside the skimmer and behind the flapper door. it shouls sit underwater and over the skimmer basket. Now connect your vacuum to the port and turn on the filter. You are now vacuuming. I can post a pic tonight if you need one. Do not turn on the filter without having your vacuum plugged into the port.
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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    I vacuumed last night exactly the way glock explained and it worked perfect. Just remember to turn the pump off before placing the skimmer lid down!

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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Glock View Post
    Anytime. Are you sure yours intended to have that? If there isn't a hole I don't think I would go drilling on it.
    See below pic. This is the plate that comes with the aquador. I'll call them and see what they say



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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Wraenking View Post
    I vacuumed last night exactly the way glock explained and it worked perfect. Just remember to turn the pump off before placing the skimmer lid down!

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    LOL. it sounds like you have dropped the lid in with it on too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wraenking View Post
    See below pic. This is the plate that comes with the aquador. I'll call them and see what they say



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    I imagine they will tell you to take the rubber flapper thing off the skimmer. It doesn't really serve a purpose except to keep things from being accidentally put in that hole. I am assuming the aqua-door is to seal off the skimmer so no water comes out?
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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Haha. I probably would have but saw in the instructions not too.

    Yes. The aquador is to seal it off during winterizing

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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Seems to me that the way I have been doing it is easier, no turning the pump on/off just insert/remove from the skimmer when Im done...

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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    So you remove the lid and lower it in the skimmer with the pump on?

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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Baucom View Post
    Seems to me that the way I have been doing it is easier, no turning the pump on/off just insert/remove from the skimmer when Im done...
    If you can remove the lid while it's on you need a new pump. Nothing shy of a nuclear weapon will break the lid free on mine while it's running.
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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Same with me!

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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Really? All my stuff is brand new! My skimmer lid has the tabs and you push the handle towards the pool to unlatch them then take the lid straight up...no issue. Its how I get the skimmer basket out to clean out bugs...
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    Re: Doughboy skimmer vacuum port cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Baucom View Post
    Really? All my stuff is brand new! My skimmer lid has the tabs and you push the handle towards the pool to unlatch them then take the lid straight up...no issue. Its how I get the skimmer basket out to clean out bugs...
    They're referring to when the lid is down inside the skimmer being used in the vacuum position to create suction through the vacuum port, not when it's on top closing off the skimmer body.

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