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    Need socks for extra large skimmer

    I have what must be an extra large skimmer basket. The outer edge of the top rim is 9.5". Skimmer socks I've bought at the pool store don't even come close to stretching across. Does anyone know of an extra large sock that I can get online?

    I've also seen posts from people who are using nylon stockings. My wife says I'll never find a stocking with a leg opening that big, but that pantyhose might work. If I use that, what do I do with the legs? Can I cut them off and tie up the opening?

    Any suggestions are appreciated!
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    Re: Need socks for extra large skimmer

    I wonder if the disposable hair nets that folks have been buying on Amazon might not be a better fit?

    Just showing this the pic-there are cheaper ones on Amazon. 3M Disposable Hair Net 407, Spunbond Polypropylene, Universal, White (Case of 100): Amazon.com: Industrial Scientific
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    Re: Need socks for extra large skimmer

    Thanks, Yippie Skippie – great to hear from you! I think I'll give the hair nets a try.

    Has anybody out there had success with them?
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    Re: Need socks for extra large skimmer

    I use them all the time. No issues. But my skimmers are the normal size. I do use my skimmer socks for chems that need to be hung into the water.

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    I think you should be able to use the hairnets in a larger skimmer. They have lots of stretch.
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    Re: Need socks for extra large skimmer

    I checked out the link on Yippee Skippy's post and they're 11" wide, so it looks like they'll fit. Even though they seem to be marketed for hospitals and chemical labs, most of the customer reviews I read were from people using them on pool skimmers, so I guess that's a good sign! I ordered them and they'll be here on Monday. I'll post a follow-up then and let you know how well they work.
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    Re: Need socks for extra large skimmer

    I found a big strainer sock at my local Ace hardware. It's intended to go on a 5-gal bucket so it should be big enough if the hairnet doesn't do the trick for you.
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    Re: Need socks for extra large skimmer

    Thanks pabeader! Apparently I'll know by tomorrow afternoon.


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    Re: Need socks for extra large skimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by pabeader View Post
    I found a big strainer sock at my local Ace hardware. It's intended to go on a 5-gal bucket so it should be big enough if the hairnet doesn't do the trick for you.
    Paint strainer sock? Never thought about it, but one of those would work pretty well.
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    Re: Need socks for extra large skimmer

    The paint strainers work well, but hair nets have the advantage of being disposable and straining finer. If the standard hairnets don't fit, there are larger ones. Look for extra large or bouffant ones.
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    Re: Need socks for extra large skimmer

    The hair nets are the way to go, IMO anyway!
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