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    Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on

    Anyone have any ideas about this? Whenever I turn the pump off and back on, I think the pressure change when it turns off makes the basket pump out of place in the skimmer.

    I have been considering getting a timer to turn the pool filter on and off at regular intervals but it kinda negates that if I have to put the basket back in place each time.
    20,000L (5,200 gal) round AG pool, Hayward sand filter, 1.5hp pump, in the Laurentians, Quebec Canada
    Pool gets medium amount of sun, due to the house and surrounding trees.

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    Re: Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on

    Find something like a rock or something similar size but a little weight is what's important here then shut pump off and on till you don't see basket move.

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    Re: Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on

    Also, open the air bleed valve on the filter and let out any air that might have accumulated in the filter.
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    Re: Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    Also, open the air bleed valve on the filter and let out any air that might have accumulated in the filter.
    Is that the unscrewable cap thats on the side near the bottom of the filter?
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    Re: Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on

    No. The bleed valve, if you have one, is always right at the top of the filter. They are quite common, but not all filters have them.
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    Re: Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on



    This is my filter, can't seem to find one on it.
    20,000L (5,200 gal) round AG pool, Hayward sand filter, 1.5hp pump, in the Laurentians, Quebec Canada
    Pool gets medium amount of sun, due to the house and surrounding trees.

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    Re: Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on

    That filter doesn't have an air bleed valve. Just ignore my comment.
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    Re: Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on

    Does your skimmer basket have two flats opposite each other? By that I mean if you look down at the basket, the top rim is circular except for two flat areas. Something like this but with another straight line at the top.(_) On mine those flats fit between two tabs in the skimmer. Once seated a slight turn of the basket will lock it in when the circular portion of the basket rim slides under those tabs in the skimmer.
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    Re: Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on

    No, mine, if looking from the top, is round with a flat spot that aligns with the skimmer, so it only seats property in one orientation, but this strangely only would prevent it from spinning in a circle, and does nothing to keep it from bobbing up and down. Ah well, I'll try with a small rock
    20,000L (5,200 gal) round AG pool, Hayward sand filter, 1.5hp pump, in the Laurentians, Quebec Canada
    Pool gets medium amount of sun, due to the house and surrounding trees.

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    Re: Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on

    Quote Originally Posted by skurys
    No, mine, if looking from the top, is round with a flat spot that aligns with the skimmer, so it only seats property in one orientation, but this strangely only would prevent it from spinning in a circle, and does nothing to keep it from bobbing up and down. Ah well, I'll try with a small rock
    A BIG rock - bigger than your skimmer pipe, so there's absolutely no way it can ever accidently get caught in the plumbing
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    Re: Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on

    I have always used a rock ... bigger than the pipe.

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    Re: Skimmer basket dislodges when pump turned back on

    Will do, yea I guess that could be bad if the basket broke and the rock was smaller.
    20,000L (5,200 gal) round AG pool, Hayward sand filter, 1.5hp pump, in the Laurentians, Quebec Canada
    Pool gets medium amount of sun, due to the house and surrounding trees.

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