Looks like I just managed t kill another pump (Hayward Super Pump 1.5 hp single speed) due to inlet clogging.
I forgot the bizarre tree needles we get here, and just let the (shock) run overnight.
Next morning, lots of waves in the pool.
The pump basket was plugged around the inlet port, blocking the water flow. Cleaning and attempting to re-start produced the infamous "pulse" behavior - the water in the basket (yes, bleed valve open) would begin to rise, then fall back, then rise, then fall...
If you were to split a flat toothpick down the middle and then glue the halves together at a 15 degree angle at on end, you'd have an approximation of these things - they go through the skinner - its basket was completely empty. The finer openings in the pump basket catch them.
Short of cleaning the pump every 3 hours, any ideas? The idea of putting the filter BEFORE the pump has occurred to me - that is the level of desperation.
Aside from blowing $1000 on the state-of-the-art pump (to get a thermal trip?),
As a frame of reference, the only stuff which will trap them 100% is window screening.
Does anyone make a filter which is designed to sit between the skimmer and the pump?
I am not above the truck-rope-and-blue-tarp level of problem solving - at least the equipment is far from the pool