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    Need help with skimmer and return placement

    Looking for help with return and skimmer placement on pool.

    I traced the pool outline.
    I manually put in the spa, bench and steps....so they are not to scale.
    I just put them in their to let you know their location.

    Do I need two or three skimmers?

    I'm not sure how much the bump in the shallow end (where the stairs are located) will affect the circular flow of water.
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    Re: Need help with skimmer and return placement

    Be sure you put a skimmer at the extreme downwind end. You'll thank me later.

    Mine is to the side about four feet up from the end. Even a slight breeze is enough to push leaves right past it. Then they sit and get wet and sink.
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    Re: Need help with skimmer and return placement

    The wind basically blows from the deep end to the shallow end. My dilemma is that the shallow end has two parts. They are created by the curve of the pool and exacerbated by the steps. It is kind of like a fork in the river. Which way will the debris go? Since it could go either way, I'm thinking that I need two skimmers in the shallow end (one on either side of the steps). If I put a skimmer in the deep end...then that is three skimmers. That seems like a lot for 807.5 sf. It is my understanding that a "typical" skimmer covers 600 sf....although I'm not sure how that number got in my head. Given the prevailing winds, do I need a skimmer in the deep end?
    2013 HotSpring Grandee with Ace Sanitizing System
    25K IG vinyl pool with Alps spillover spa and waterfall. Build Date: June 2013
    Triton II TR100 Sand Filter, Pentair Master Temp 400 natural gas pool heater, Intellichlor SWG, Rainbow Chlorine Feeder
    Pentair VF filter pump, WhisperFlo 2 hp WFE-8 waterfall pump, WhisperFloFX 2 hp spillover spa pump
    Intellibrite 5G (2 pool and 1 in spa) lights :: TFT-100 test kit, Taylor K-1776 test kit

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