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    Please help! Skimmer/Leak Question

    Okay, we are the crazy people who are restoring an old in ground pool. We thought we were done but....we are losing water somewhere. Before you ask, we had the plumbing pressure tested, I have tried shutting off 1 feature each night and we still lose water. So I went to the skimmer. We have a two hole bottom. One is closed, it just lets out to the underground. One heads to the pump. Next to both of these holes are two small circular holes, about 1/8-1/16 in diameter. I stuck a toothpick in these and they go in anywhere from 1/2-3/4 inch. Could these be the culprit? Do I need to plug them? How should I plug them? I attached some before and after for you...
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    Re: Please help! Skimmer/Leak Question

    How much water are you losing daily?
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    Re: Please help! Skimmer/Leak Question

    About an inch
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    Re: Please help! Skimmer/Leak Question

    Have you let it leak down to where it stops leaking at?

    Those holes should be screw holes and shouldn't be open but some pool putty will seal them up if you're concerned.
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    Re: Please help! Skimmer/Leak Question

    You can use some leak detection dye or food coloring in front of the hole, see if it gets sucked into the hole. If it does, you know that's the culprit. That's how they found the leak at my skimmer before I knew how to find that stuff myself. And that pool putty stuff holds up really well. I thought I'd only get a year out of it but I am on 2 now.
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    Re: Please help! Skimmer/Leak Question

    We are going to plug those holes today and do some caulking around the skimmer extender and see what happens......I may come crawling back on Tuesday begging for more help.
    38000 gal inground - 1.5 hp hayward superpump 300lb sandfilter-k-2006 test kit-diving board-slide-10' x 15' tiki bar-outdoor living room

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    Re: Please help! Skimmer/Leak Question

    How did it go? I've isolated my leak to my two pipe black bottom skimmer, and duh, saw I have two screws missing in the black plate.

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