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    Skimmer basket question

    At what height is the skimmer basket supposed to sit in the skimmer tub? I thought it was supposed to sit as low as possible, but the hairnets I use as skimmer socks make it float up so I was using a rock to make it sink all the way down. Something I just read here made me question this so I thought I should ask. Thanks!
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    Re: Skimmer basket question

    Quote Originally Posted by JamieP View Post
    At what height is the skimmer basket supposed to sit in the skimmer tub? I thought it was supposed to sit as low as possible, but the hairnets I use as skimmer socks make it float up so I was using a rock to make it sink all the way down. Something I just read here made me question this so I thought I should ask. Thanks!
    If it is just a standard skimmer the basket should be all the way down.

    I also use a rock (& hairnets) to keep the basket from floating, I picked one slightly larger than the opening at the bottom in case I drop it, it can't get sucked into the pipe.

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    Re: Skimmer basket question

    Thanks Dom. I thought I was doing it right, so I'm glad you confirmed it.

    Good idea about making sure to have a big enough rock to hold down the basket but not accidentally go down the hole. Mine was big enough but not that heavy because all I could find was limestone, but I just discovered that my Stonescapes Pebble sample tiles do the job perfectly. Pretty too!
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    Re: Skimmer basket question

    Yup, also use rock/hairnet.
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