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Thread: Closing off the skimmer hole

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    Closing off the skimmer hole

    How do I go about closing off the skimmer hole when doing pump/filter maintenance? When I open the pump lid it fills/overflows with water (obviously). I'm sure it's something simple, just not sure what.

    24' AGP, 54" - 13,300 Gallons at 47".
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    Richard320's Avatar
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    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: Closing off the skimmer hole

    An expanding plug. Google "expansion plug winterizing pool" and go from there. My local mom-n-pop ace hardware also has corks and rubber stoppers in the housewares section.
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    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: Closing off the skimmer hole

    My vacuum hose is in 3' sections I just stick the end of one of those in the suction port and let it hang out of the pool.
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