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    Draining Rain Water

    I've read somewhere that some AG pool owners drill a hole in their skimmer just above the ideal water level. So, when the water rises, it simply runs out the hole.

    I have drained nearly 4 inches of extra water in 2 days. It seems like a simple fix but maybe I'm not seeing any potential problems.

    What is everyone's opinion of this?
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    Re: Draining Rain Water

    That works really well but what works even better is to drill the hole and install a bulkhead fitting and pipe it into the waste line if you have one.
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    Re: Draining Rain Water

    My skimmer cover has a hole on it, about 1 inch around. Doesn't stop my pool from overflowing during a hard rain...
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    Re: Draining Rain Water

    Bama, that is right on target with what I was thinking. I don't have a waste but I was thinking of adding a fitting and pipe where it can run off without pooling.

    Do you think 1" would do or should it be larger? Also, do you think that I might need a Tee off of the fitting turned up and down. Down to drain and up for a vent so it can get air in heavy down pours. I could cap the top and drill a couple of small holes in the cap on the side for a vent.

    I don't want to butcher my pool but this seems like a good fix.

    What's your thoughts?

    Thanks!
    24' X 52" AGP - On a concrete slab with 1" Dow blue foam board bottom.
    2Hp 2 speed Waterways pump/Cart. Filter.
    Hard Plumbed 20' away
    Deck 1/3 around pool
    Pool Rover Jr.
    DIY project
    Best Pool Store Quote, "THAT BLEACH WILL DESTROY YOUR LINER."

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    Re: Draining Rain Water

    I wouldn't worry about venting it because the top of the skimmer is vented and the drain pipe will be at the top of the water so it can't create a vacuum.
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    Re: Draining Rain Water

    Those sound like good ideas. Can anyone post a pic or drawing of what you are describing. I am having trouble visualizing the end result.
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    Re: Draining Rain Water

    Also have the 1" hole, but with a 30 foot round pool it still takes huge rain to overflow over the wall, I think mine will blow the skimmer cover right off before that happens since I've found it on the ground several times and I've never seen water go over the wall....and if it did...do I care?...nahh.
    i like to keep as much water in my pool as possible living in the country - free water is hard to come by.

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