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    Skimmer weir/door sticking

    We have a new (installed in late August 2010) pool and opened for the first time this past weekend. Last night I went out to clear out the skimmer basket and thankfully I did because the weir was stuck shut, wedged into the top of the skimmer. So, the pump was running dry for who knows how long (hubby turned on the pump around 4:40 and I went out to clear the skimmer basket at 7 pm).

    For the time being, I just removed the door but I'm not sure what to do to solve this problem. It's a Hayward "wide mouth" skimmer. I know the weir is important for water flow, so I can't just go buy any smaller door, right? Any suggestions?
    21' round 54" AG Wilbar Quest; ~11,000 gal//Hayward Easy-Clear 125 sq ft Cartridge filter//Hayward Power-Flo LX 2hp pump

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    Re: Skimmer weir/door sticking

    There are several things you can do to free the weir up. If you can figure out exactly where it's sticking you can actually trim the door with a knife. You can also sand the spot down some. You also might look at the skimmer opening to see if there's something protruding into the opening.
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    Re: Skimmer weir/door sticking

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    There are several things you can do to free the weir up. If you can figure out exactly where it's sticking you can actually trim the door with a knife. You can also sand the spot down some. You also might look at the skimmer opening to see if there's something protruding into the opening.
    Ok, might need to try that. As best as I could tell, it was simply wedged into the top of the skimmer, no debris, protrusion, or anything in the way. I think it might simply be that it's too long but I didn't know if I could just chop it down myself or if that would screw things up
    21' round 54" AG Wilbar Quest; ~11,000 gal//Hayward Easy-Clear 125 sq ft Cartridge filter//Hayward Power-Flo LX 2hp pump

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    Re: Skimmer weir/door sticking

    I propped mine open with a chopstick cut down to size.
    12' round above ground pool. 3,500 gal. Vinyl liner. Waterway Supreme Hi-Flo 48 frame pump. 1.5 hp. SWG. Sand filter with Zeobrite.

    Thanks, members of Trouble Free Pool, for being so friendly and informative!

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