I recently had the idea to try a 1 gallon paint strainer in my skimmer basket rather than the usual filter sock. The filter socks drove me crazy because they only lasted a short while before developing a tear or hole. Paint strainers are much more sturdy, although not quite as efficient as socks. I'm happy to report it's been over a month with the same strainer in my skimmer basket and it's working swimmingly. It catches a lot of the smaller debris that would normally pass into the filter, but it would take some considerable effort to rip or tear it.
Anyone else tried this?