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    Far Skimmer stronger than near skimmer

    I have a 16,000 gunnite pool (east of New Orleans, La) and 'far' skimmer pulls water from Kreepy Krawler stronger than 'near' skimmer does. could the near skimmer underground PVC be clogged or is there any other reason? Any idea how to unclog? Would a water suction pump (out) do any good?
    Blue haven kidney style 16,000 gal gunnite including Spa, test Kit TF - 100
    Built 2000 deep end 7.5 feet, 2 steps at shallow end
    Original SWG then convert to chlorine
    Pentair Clean & Clear cartridge filter (4)
    Blue Haven Teledyne Laars Platinum II heater

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    Far Skimmer stronger than near skimmer

    How are the skimmers tied together? Are they separate runs to the equipment pad or are they tied in series? Many times PB tie skimmers in series which typically makes one of them very ineffective.
    Matt
    16k IG PebbleTec pool, 650gal spa, spillway and waterfall, 3HP IntelliFlo VS / 1.5HP WhisperFlo, Pentair QuadDE-100 filter, IC40 SWCG, MasterTemp 400k BTU/hr NG heater, KreepyKrauly suction-side cleaner Dolphin S300i robot, EasyTouch controls, city water, K-1001, K-2006 and K-1766 test kits, Mannitol test for borates

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    Re: Far Skimmer stronger than near skimmer

    Pool 15 years old built by Blue Haven 2001 and actually dont know whether "in series or separate" as didn't watch that part of construction. If one is ineffective then its not worth it to vacuum with a wet/dry shop vac ?
    Blue haven kidney style 16,000 gal gunnite including Spa, test Kit TF - 100
    Built 2000 deep end 7.5 feet, 2 steps at shallow end
    Original SWG then convert to chlorine
    Pentair Clean & Clear cartridge filter (4)
    Blue Haven Teledyne Laars Platinum II heater

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    Re: Far Skimmer stronger than near skimmer

    The way to know is to look at your equipment pad. On the suction side of the pool pump should be a pipe with various shut off valves. If you have two skimmers and a main drain in your pool, then there would be three separate pipes running to your pool pad and all going into the pump. If there's only two pipes, then something is tied together in series such as the two skimmers. Can you post a picture of your equipment pad?
    Matt
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    Re: Far Skimmer stronger than near skimmer

    ok how do i post a picture /
    Blue haven kidney style 16,000 gal gunnite including Spa, test Kit TF - 100
    Built 2000 deep end 7.5 feet, 2 steps at shallow end
    Original SWG then convert to chlorine
    Pentair Clean & Clear cartridge filter (4)
    Blue Haven Teledyne Laars Platinum II heater

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    Re: Far Skimmer stronger than near skimmer

    My bet is that Matt is right and your skimmers are connected to the pump through one pipe.

    If so, you will need this...Skimmer equalizer.jpg

    It will equalize the flow with a clever valve and float underneath.
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    Far Skimmer stronger than near skimmer

    See here for tutorial - Posting Photo's Tutorial

    And yes, as Dave has posted, if you're missing the float diverter valve in skimmers tied in series, the one not connected to the pump will have almost no suction at all.
    Matt
    16k IG PebbleTec pool, 650gal spa, spillway and waterfall, 3HP IntelliFlo VS / 1.5HP WhisperFlo, Pentair QuadDE-100 filter, IC40 SWCG, MasterTemp 400k BTU/hr NG heater, KreepyKrauly suction-side cleaner Dolphin S300i robot, EasyTouch controls, city water, K-1001, K-2006 and K-1766 test kits, Mannitol test for borates

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    Re: Far Skimmer stronger than near skimmer

    thanks Dave and Matt, this unit is placed in the not so strong skimmer hole above the suction hole but do exactly? What does it do exactly? or should i order two one for each? Who makes these Hayward inc., the company whose equipment Blue haven used? thanks
    Blue haven kidney style 16,000 gal gunnite including Spa, test Kit TF - 100
    Built 2000 deep end 7.5 feet, 2 steps at shallow end
    Original SWG then convert to chlorine
    Pentair Clean & Clear cartridge filter (4)
    Blue Haven Teledyne Laars Platinum II heater

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