Well, I installed my PoolSkim today, and after a full day of use, I am overall happy with the device.
A poolskim is an aftermarket pool cleaning accessory that claims to be an effective skimmer for the pool, and an improvement over traditional skimmers.
We have a large german shepherd mix that absolutely loves our pool. Unfortunately he is a super-shedding dog. For the pas few months since he moved in my wife has constantly been unhappy with the amount of hair floating on the surface of the pool. One day in an hour of skimming I got a double handful of hair. I dont know how he grows it so fast.
So after searching and reading, I decided to order the poolskim and give it a try.
It was around $100, and arrived promptly. Opening the box all sorts of parts and pieces spilled out, it was pretty intimidating.
After sorting the parts and laying them out on the deck, it turned out to be a snap to install, didnt have to cut any pipe or anything. I just removed an eyeball, screwed on the supplied adapter and slip-fitted the pipe and fittings together and connected the poolskim. You may want to turn your pump off while you do this, it certainly is easier not to have to fight the current coming out of the eyeball fitting while you assemble it.
It immediately developed a venturi suction and went to work. To be honest I was pretty skeptical of it, but decided to give it a few hours and see how it did.
Oh My Gosh. It was extremely effective and within two hours had removed every piece of hair from the surface of the pool (about 600 sq ft). I was stunned. The sock had a big ball of hair trapped at the end that built up over time. Very effective.
My only negatives about it are cosmetic. Functionally it works GREAT. Our pool is in neutrals, tans and greys, and the white and blue poolskim just does not visually "go" with the pool at all. I wish they sold it in different colors.
Other than that I could not be happier with the device, and wanted to post a good review so others could benefit in their decision making.