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Thread: Noob here...do I need this part of the skimmer?

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    Noob here...do I need this part of the skimmer?

    So I fired up the pump on our new agp and couldn't get it to prime. I looked in the skimmer basket and found this thing bobbing around. I tried putting it in place but then the water wasn't high enough to completely fill the tube (some air was getting in on top, just barely). I think the water levels correct, it's about 3-4 inches above the bottom of the skim box.

    I'm assuming suction is supposed to hold it on? I don't see any locking mechanism to keep it on. Problem is, when the pump shuts off the piece falls off. I know I'm not gonna pump 24 hrs a day, so how's this supposed to stay on?

    The pump was a pain to prime. Does it need to be primed every time I turn it on (daily?)

    The pump is working perfect now, but without this piece.

    Do I need to add even more water to get above the top of the tube? Or can I just leave this piece out?

    Again though, what keeps this from falling off when the pump is off?

    Thanks!
    24' AGP, 54" - 13,300 Gallons at 47".
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    Hayward Swimpro Voyager Filter/2 Speed 2 HP Pump

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    Re: Noob here...do I need this part of the skimmer?

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    Re: Noob here...do I need this part of the skimmer?

    That looks like an attachment that you would hook a vacuum hose to. It is not needed for regular pump operation.
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    Re: Noob here...do I need this part of the skimmer?

    Never mind. I guess it's an attachment that can be used to vacuum the pool and isn't intended to be used as part of the skimming process.
    24' AGP, 54" - 13,300 Gallons at 47".
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    Hayward Swimpro Voyager Filter/2 Speed 2 HP Pump

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    Re: Noob here...do I need this part of the skimmer?

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    That looks like an attachment that you would hook a vacuum hose to. It is not needed for regular pump operation.
    Beat me to it. Thanks though.
    24' AGP, 54" - 13,300 Gallons at 47".
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    Hayward Swimpro Voyager Filter/2 Speed 2 HP Pump

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    Re: Noob here...do I need this part of the skimmer?

    You shouldn't have to prime your pump every time. Gravity will keep it primed.


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