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    Newbie tip

    When draining your pool it's a good idea to turn off your auto fill valve water source. It sure drains quicker once you do!
    17,000 gal. inground gunite 30'X15' w/7'X7' Spa. FNSPlus 60 DE, 2.0 HP WhisperFlo, MiniMax 400 heater. No SWG.
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    Re: Newbie tip

    LOL! Let me add another newbie tip:

    When starting your pump, it's important that the cover be on the skimmer or it will draw air and you'll lose your prime. I chased around for an hour one day trying to figure out why my system, which had worked perfectly for weeks, was no longer able to establish suction. Put the cover back on the skimmer and voila!
    14,500 gallons, Clean and Clear 150 cartridge, IG, gunite, USQ 1152 1.5 hp motor (3450 rpm), Pentair Pinnacle Pump

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    Re: Newbie tip

    Quote Originally Posted by SebringDon
    LOL! Let me add another newbie tip:

    When starting your pump, it's important that the cover be on the skimmer or it will draw air and you'll lose your prime. I chased around for an hour one day trying to figure out why my system, which had worked perfectly for weeks, was no longer able to establish suction. Put the cover back on the skimmer and voila!
    I haven't experienced this when my skimmer cover is off.

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    13500 gal, Vinyl Liner, Fiberglass Slide, TF-100 Test Kit, Hayward 210T
    sand filter, A.O. Smith 1.5HP main pump motor (C48L2N134C1),
    Hayward SuperPump (model ?), Polaris 380 & PB4 Booster Pump

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    Re: Newbie tip

    Quote Originally Posted by UnderWaterVanya
    Quote Originally Posted by SebringDon
    LOL! Let me add another newbie tip:

    When starting your pump, it's important that the cover be on the skimmer or it will draw air and you'll lose your prime. I chased around for an hour one day trying to figure out why my system, which had worked perfectly for weeks, was no longer able to establish suction. Put the cover back on the skimmer and voila!
    I haven't experienced this when my skimmer cover is off.

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    Maybe it's something specific to my configuration then, but I can replicate it. Maybe it's because the weir's a little stiff but with the cover on there's enough suction to pull it down where it should be and the flow gets started. Once it's flowing I can take the cover off and it still works fine. Drove me nuts until I figured it out.

    Guess it's time to inspect and lube the weir.
    14,500 gallons, Clean and Clear 150 cartridge, IG, gunite, USQ 1152 1.5 hp motor (3450 rpm), Pentair Pinnacle Pump

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    Re: Newbie tip

    Is there a basket in the skimmer?
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    Re: Newbie tip

    Maybe we should start with what do you mean by a cover? Do you mean the top cover that keeps debris from falling into the skimmer? That's what I mean.


    Quote Originally Posted by SebringDon
    Quote Originally Posted by UnderWaterVanya
    Quote Originally Posted by SebringDon
    LOL! Let me add another newbie tip:

    When starting your pump, it's important that the cover be on the skimmer or it will draw air and you'll lose your prime. I chased around for an hour one day trying to figure out why my system, which had worked perfectly for weeks, was no longer able to establish suction. Put the cover back on the skimmer and voila!
    I haven't experienced this when my skimmer cover is off.

    Sent via Tapatalk...
    Maybe it's something specific to my configuration then, but I can replicate it. Maybe it's because the weir's a little stiff but with the cover on there's enough suction to pull it down where it should be and the flow gets started. Once it's flowing I can take the cover off and it still works fine. Drove me nuts until I figured it out.

    Guess it's time to inspect and lube the weir.
    Inlaws Pool Boy since June 14th 2012, Pool built ~ 2003, In-Ground, 16'x32'
    13500 gal, Vinyl Liner, Fiberglass Slide, TF-100 Test Kit, Hayward 210T
    sand filter, A.O. Smith 1.5HP main pump motor (C48L2N134C1),
    Hayward SuperPump (model ?), Polaris 380 & PB4 Booster Pump

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