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    Pump Basket Cleaning Question

    I posted this in the "Just Getting Started" forum, but deleted it after no responses. Maybe I'll have some better luck here. Anyway, is there a way to clean the basket in the device next to the pump without having water shoot everywhere? There are no valves on my pool/hoses so I can't stop the flow to the thing. I know I have to shut the pump off and turn the filter to the 'Closed' position, but even when I do that, when I get the cover off, there's just too much water shooting out. It's not really dirty yet, but it will be. Is there a solid plate I can put in the skimmer to at least slow the flow down while I'm cleaning the basket in the pump? Any info would be appreciated.
    10,000 Gallon AG, Hayward Power-Flo LX Pump, SandMaster High-Rate Sand Filter

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    Re: Pump Basket Cleaning Question

    They make rubber plugs that you can put in the hole in the bottom of the skimmer to stop the water. Another way(if you needed to do it on short notice) would be to stick one end of the vacuum hose in that hole(assuming it fits snugly) and leave the other end out of the water. Or you could just shove a sock or something in it to plug the hole.

    HTH,
    Adam
    18' x 42" Intex Easyset Pool, with 16' x 52" deep end in the middle. Approx. 5500 Gal.
    Hayward Power-Flo LX 1 HP, 100# Jacuzzi Brand Sand Filter(Piped underground so it looks nice) 8)
    3 - 2' x 20' Solar Pool Heater Panels(roof mounted)
    Goin' on 9 summers...NOBODY thought it would last this long.
    Buried Portable Spa sharing pumps and water with pool (Almost complete project)

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    Re: Pump Basket Cleaning Question

    Quote Originally Posted by launboy
    They make rubber plugs that you can put in the hole in the bottom of the skimmer to stop the water.
    HTH,
    Adam
    Yes, that's what I'm looking for. Thanks, Adam.
    10,000 Gallon AG, Hayward Power-Flo LX Pump, SandMaster High-Rate Sand Filter

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    Re: Pump Basket Cleaning Question

    I actually found sink plugs at walmart that work. The small one in the bottom of the skimmer, the large one on the return.

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