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    Couple final questions for 18x48 Intex skimmer & filter pump

    Hey everybody. Just have a few quick questions to tie up some loose ends i have in my mind.

    1) for the skimmer basket connected to the hose sucking water into the filter pump, how deep into the water should that be? just barely below the water right? Reason i ask is the blue plastic piece on top of the actual basket in there keeps floating a little.

    2) for the filter pump itself, how's it best to position that? should it sit on the ground next to the pool, on top of a paver next to the pool, or should it sit higher off the ground like maybe 6 inches (which would probably put a U into the hoses going to/from the pool)

    3) last night it stormed, so i didnt run the filter out of newbie paranoia and unplugged it from the outlet. Is it ok to leave it plugged in and on the timer to run whenever during anywhere from a light rain to a thunderstorm?

    I'm sure most of these are dumb questions, but i'm on the home stretch and dont want to mess anything up. So far the pool is looking pretty good, not perfect, but way closer than I thought i'd get it for this being my first time. Appreciate everyone's help on here, you guys have been GREAT
    Intex 16x48 UltraFrame AGP, included filter pump

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    Re: Couple final questions for 18x48 Intex skimmer & filter

    Quote Originally Posted by rj2222
    1) for the skimmer basket connected to the hose sucking water into the filter pump, how deep into the water should that be? just barely below the water right? Reason i ask is the blue plastic piece on top of the actual basket in there keeps floating a little.
    I believe that blue plastic piece is supposed to float some since that creates a thin and fast layer of water being pulled over it's edge...it makes better skimming action.

    Quote Originally Posted by rj2222
    2) for the filter pump itself, how's it best to position that? should it sit on the ground next to the pool, on top of a paver next to the pool, or should it sit higher off the ground like maybe 6 inches (which would probably put a U into the hoses going to/from the pool)
    On the ground is fine, if it is solid, but putting it on a paver is nice too. No need to raise it.

    Quote Originally Posted by rj2222
    3) last night it stormed, so i didnt run the filter out of newbie paranoia and unplugged it from the outlet. Is it ok to leave it plugged in and on the timer to run whenever during anywhere from a light rain to a thunderstorm?
    It should be fine to leave it plugged in, unless part of it is actually underwater during rain.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Couple final questions for 18x48 Intex skimmer & filter

    Ok cool, thanks for the tips
    Intex 16x48 UltraFrame AGP, included filter pump

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