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    May 2011
    State College,PA

    Cover the skimmer opening?

    Winterizing the the pool this week and was wondering if I have to put a cover over the skimmer opening? I put in the black bottle plug thing and cover up the hole in the skimmer top lid but wasn't sure I needed to do the other. Had a gal talk about a skimmer plug that covered the whole thing that she had purchased this summer for winterizing. I was told I didn't need to cover it and to keep a plug in the skimmer collection unit and that is it. Thoughts?

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Cover the skimmer opening?

    If you lowered the water level below the skimmer and used a "black bottle plug thing" then you should be fine. Sealing skimmer covers are normally used when you are not lowering the water level for some reason.
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    New Brunswick Canada

    Re: Cover the skimmer opening?

    Water levels always rise during winter, I just bought a new Skimmer Plug that seals all water out, do a search on the net for it, its easily the best I have come across...taping over the skimmer cover wont accomplish anything as the adhesive will pull away eventually.

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