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    Question Question about the finger hole in skimmer lid

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new to pool ownership this year and boy, do I have a lot to learn. Today we closed up our pool, put on the cover, installed the Aquador and disconnected everything. My question is do we need to do anything with the finger hole in the skimmer lid? I have a gizzmo that I will put in once it gets a little cooler, but if I leave that little hole open, won't water and snow get into the skimmer and then be stuck because of the gizzmo? This is probably a ridiculous question, but I want to do everything I can to make sure it's smooth sailing come time to open the pool.

    Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your forum, I look forward to learning everything I can!
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    Re: Question about the finger hole in skimmer lid

    I put a piece of duct tape over it and around all 4 sides.
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    Re: Question about the finger hole in skimmer lid

    Perfect! Thank for the quick response.
    24' round above ground approx. 15,000 gallons
    Hayward XStream 1 hp Cartridge filter
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    Re: Question about the finger hole in skimmer lid

    I don't think it's really necessary to do anything. I was under the impression once you plug up the pipes it doesn't matter if water gets in the skimmer.

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    Re: Question about the finger hole in skimmer lid

    The gizzmo will allow the ice to "crush" in on it rather than expand outward and crush the skimmer. As an extra safety some toss old pool noodles or a water-bottle with anti-freeze into the skimmer to help achieve the same thing. I wouldn't worry much about sealing the skimmer lid as water is still likely going to find it's way in and freeze.

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    Re: Question about the finger hole in skimmer lid

    I seal mine off just because I don't want water in my skimmer. It's still plugged with a gizmo though.
    Its not necessary to seal it off.. it's just how I like to do things.
    32x16 inground chlorine. 23000 gallon with diving board
    vinyl liner 1hp hayward super pump. Waterway sand filter new in 2014.
    maytronics dolphin m200 robot. I live in central NY.
    TF100 kit Taylor speedstir. Sonos audio

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