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    Best place to put a pool skim

    Here is my setup:



    I want to put it on the return closest to the ledge/steps because that is where all the **** gathers. The return there pushes the water forward, but a lot of things get caught up in the waterfall overflow and get pushed back into that corner. The skimmer closest to this return (Skimmer 1) works the best of the two. Skimmer 2 hardly has anything in it. I think this is do to the return near it. It's hard to adjust it to where it does just hit the side of the wall and kick back or too far to the right and kick everything past the skimmer. But flow back around after that to skimmer 1 is fine.

    Thoughts? If i put it where suggested, do i just position the bag to point the way the return does now to keep flow going?
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    Re: Best place to put a pool skim

    Yes, that sounds logical. Place it near where you have the most junk and point the bag to keep the flow going in the same direction as the other returns.
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    Re: Best place to put a pool skim

    Test it. Put it in either place for a while and see where it works best. You position the bag to point in direction of the flow.
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    Re: Best place to put a pool skim

    Got it in. Is this too far from the wall? I'm worried about it catching the polaris pool cleaner, btu the flow has to go that way to circulate the water due to the steps and the hot tub waterfall. I also worry about it missing stuff between the wall and the pool skim. I had to cut the pvc pipe to get the body low enough, so i have 3 inches more of pipe and the 45 angle if that would help. Brain is fried today and just get wrap my head around the way to use the pipes to get it closer.

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    Re: Best place to put a pool skim

    The sock is supposed to be at a 45º angle to the wall in direction with the water flow. Your installation looks to be at about 90º. I do not believe the angle has anything to do with the efficacy of the device; rather, it's meant to enhance circulation of the water along the wall. The distance of the hat, which is the device creating the venturi, to the wall looks okay. I think it'll catch debris floating behind it; it has a pretty decent diameter of action.
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    Re: Best place to put a pool skim

    I agree with the prior post in terms of directionality.

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    Re: Best place to put a pool skim

    I'll try that. My problem is if I go 45 clockwise (looking at the picture) it sends it back at the previous return. 45 the other way sends it towards the corner with the steps. I'll try each and see what happened. Thanks!
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    Re: Best place to put a pool skim

    Hows it working?

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    Re: Best place to put a pool skim

    Pretty good. It deposits silt on the steps that passes through the mesh, but other than that, great.

    Once I turned if 45 degrees, it still circulated everything that would normaly settle in the corner back around to the pool skim. It is amazing. The top of my water never looked so clear.
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    Re: Best place to put a pool skim

    Quote Originally Posted by CarrolltonTXPool
    Pretty good. It deposits silt on the steps that passes through the mesh, but other than that, great.

    Once I turned if 45 degrees, it still circulated everything that would normaly settle in the corner back around to the pool skim. It is amazing. The top of my water never looked so clear.

    I think the poolskim for 99 bones is a great cleaning booster especially in dead or slow "ends" of the pool.

    So based on what you are saying the sock is basically sitting on the lower step?

    Have you had the cleaner hang up on it yet or did you shorted the cleaner hose enough so that it cant?


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