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Thread: PoolSkim installation question

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    Join Date
    May 2009
    Dallas, TX

    PoolSkim installation question

    I don't remember if it was in the instructions, or on this site, but I think I read somewhere that the poolskim should be installed so that the bag sticks out from the wall at approximately 45 degrees.

    So here's my question to the poolskim users: What is the purpose of this? The reason I ask is that in my temporary installation of the device, I had it set up with the bag parallel to the wall, and fairly close to the wall. As a matter of fact, because the wall is curved at the return where I installed it, the bag actually points back into the wall at the tail end.

    I'm wondering if it was my faulty installation that has been causing problems with my Polaris. What happens is that as the Polaris climbs the wall, the wheels grab the bag and drag it off. Maybe if it was oriented away from the wall that wouldn't happen?

    Does anyone have a poolskim and Polaris that get along well?

    Thanks in advance,
    20K gal IG plaster pool, Manually chlorinated with 6% bleach, 1.5 HP Sta-Rite Dura-Glas II pump, Pentair FNS Plus 48 DE filter, Polaris 280

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Re: PoolSkim installation question

    I have both...I have my mine setup also parallel with pool side but, the bag faces the long side of pool (not the corner).
    Our old 180 polaris has never ripped off the bag but, does sometimes get hungup on the pool skim (top and inlet pipe) but, Wall-E (our name for the polaris) also gets stuck on the build in stairs (he has now backup valve)...poor old thing

    30-40yr old prehistoric IG gunite 20 X 40 approx 30000gals
    now with new cool blue Diamond Brite and blue waterline tile (looking good for 40yr old pool)
    new Hayward 244T sand filter, 3/4 Hayward pump, Jandy heat pump
    pool skim (love it)

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    Jul 2007
    Eastern Pennsylvania

    Re: PoolSkim installation question

    My PoolSkim is installed in an oval AGP where the return is centered in one of the rounded ends. The device instructions said to install it at a 45* angle. Makes sense because the PoolSkim is now an extension of the return and directs the water flow. The angle is just about perfect for my oval pool.

    I don't use an automatic cleaner and can't address the issue of your Polaris getting tangled with the bag. Adjusting the angle might help.
    — AnnaK —

    12,000 gal AGP, Hayward sand filter, Pentair 2-speed pump, timer.
    Please visit our Pool Issues pages for information about step weights, managing the solar cover, and PoolSkim.

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