Just bought a foreclosure last year and inherited the neglected swamp-of-a-pool out in the backyard. I was extremely nervous about trying to get it back in useable condition (I'm as new as a newbie can be!) until I came across this site. I now have hope of the "sparkling blue oasis" sometime in the near future.
However, when starting up the equipment to make sure everything was functional (it all is, thank heavens!), I noticed the circulation to be far less than ideal. The skimmer was picking up basically no surface debris whatsoever. So I angled the returns a couple different ways with some varying results, but still ended up with what appeared to be some major "dead spots" no matter how I seemed to angle them. I've tried lots of combinations, but I'm not convinced that I've actually had good circulation with any of them.
I know that ideally, they shouldn't be pointed too much toward the surface anyway, but I'd really like clear up the surface a bit without having to snag every little stray blade of grass with the net. After that, I'll angle them down a little more to circulate the deeper water. But especially then--when I'm shocking the heck out of this thing--I want the circulation to be as good as can be.
So, I've attached a somewhat crude and a little embarrassing diagram of the pool.
It should be noted that it's 3 ft. sloping to 6 ft. in the deep end. Even if the diagram is a little too rough for specifics, even general advice in getting good circulation out of this configuration would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for all your help!