I am new. Obviously. If I am posting in the wrong area please let me know.
I just bought a home with a play pool (12,500). I have been taking care of it for about a month and thought I was getting fairly experienced with it...however....tonight I just learned that I still have a lot to learn....about human nature.
I have been trying to get the skim perfect on it so I have been paying more and more attention to the skim, etc., Well, I noticed the other night that there were a lot of leaves, etc., in the handle area of the skim basket. I popped the top and emptied them and with the leaves, rocks (which puzzled me, but hey, I'm new) came a 1/4 inch x 6 inch stainless steel rod. Weird. Ok. Well, my basket handle and basket are totally clean so I am good to go.
Two nights later I go to check it (not pumping) and the basket is kinda floating. AHA! That was what the steel rod was for. Ok. I put the rod back in and put the top of the handle back on. (anyone know where this is going?)
Two nights later (tonight) I go out and the skimmer has a bunch o' ****. Great, pull it out and empty it and the top of the handle pops off and the stainless steel rod goes "bloop" right down the skimmer suction.
Well, kind people on this forum, how edit: Butterfly bad is it?
I know there are a lot of bends, etc., and this thing ain't gonna travel.
What am I looking at?
Thanks again for allowing me to post on your forum.