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    Anyone know what this stuff in the skimmer is?

    I think it might be DE but usually DE settles like little sand dunes on the bottom of a pool. This stuff floats.

    anyone one know?
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    Re: Anyone know what this stuff in the skimmer is?

    It looks like styrofoam. What does it feel like?
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    Re: Anyone know what this stuff in the skimmer is?

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    It looks like styrofoam. What does it feel like?
    it feels gritty. I haven't put stabilizer in for like 2 weeks so can't be that. Unless it had some left over inert ingredient. I'm opening up the DE filter tomorrow to inspect and clean it. will see if there are any cracks in the manifolds. also seals might be leaking. thats always hard to see but usually can feel when you bump the filter.

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    Re: Anyone know what this stuff in the skimmer is?

    The case of the mysterious pool deposits maybe?
    http://aquamagazine.com/content/post/Th ... osits.aspx

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    Re: Anyone know what this stuff in the skimmer is?

    It looks like cedar balls to me. Is there a cedar tree nearby?
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    Re: Anyone know what this stuff in the skimmer is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    It looks like cedar balls to me. Is there a cedar tree nearby?

    nope no cedar.

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    Re: Anyone know what this stuff in the skimmer is?

    Could it be something out of a foam filled pool toy or toy-toy taken into the pool? Some of my kids' toys have little flakey/beady things that look like that - never had one open in a pool, but they sure get everywhere in the house when one has a hole.
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    Re: Anyone know what this stuff in the skimmer is?

    Has anyone fertilized the lawn recently? A lot of that stuff is slow-dissolving, so it feeds the lawn for months at a time.
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    Re: Anyone know what this stuff in the skimmer is?

    It looks like styrofoam to me. I found some stuck on the sie of my pool just today. Is it "squishy"?
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    Re: Anyone know what this stuff in the skimmer is?

    I still think its DE or some inert ingredient. will open the EC65 today.

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