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    Is this how DE got in my pool?

    Last week I added DE to my sand filter, 3 cups raised pressure 1/2 pound, bit I was leery of adding more so I stopped there. Dissolved in bucket of pool water and poured into skimmer. DE somehow went into the pool. In the Aqaubot bag it was a thick gray paste. Vacuum to waste removed it, and pool is staying clean now. Did the DE get to the pool through the uncovered hole in the skimmer that goes I know not where? I like the clarity of the water with the DE added to filter, but I don't want to drain that much water from pool on a regular basis. This week it worked out well because we had 6" of rain, but hopefully that won't always be the case.
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    Re: Is this how DE got in my pool?

    There should be a basket that fits snugly in the skimmer.
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    Re: Is this how DE got in my pool?

    There is. I took the basket out to take the picture.
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    Re: Is this how DE got in my pool?

    Is there suction in the square hole?
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    Re: Is this how DE got in my pool?

    There is no suction in the square hole. Good question, I should have included that info in original post.
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    Re: Is this how DE got in my pool?

    I have a similar plug in my skimmer, it looks like a pipe plug but the square is protruded out for a wrench.
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    Re: Is this how DE got in my pool?

    Is the square hole for stickIng the end of a socket extension in, to remove it? I have a plugged hole In my skimmer that was just not used, so permanently plugged.

    Maybe leaking multi port valve? Internally I mean...
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    Re: Is this how DE got in my pool?

    I had the bottom portion of the multi-port valve replaced this year due to an eroded gasket (?) on the bottom. When I went to buy the gasket, the pool store told me it was not a gasket but part of the valve, so I had them replace that section. I'm not familiar with the mechanics of pumps and filters, can you explain how a leaky valve could cause the DE to go into the pool?

    I put vaseline on my hand and held it in front of the return, and nothing stuck -- so I'm assuming the DE wasn't coming out of the return. Also, since it is not continuing to go into the pool, I'm thinking it got in while I was adding it through the skimmer. I haven't backwashed, and it doesn't seem like all 3 cups went into the pool.
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    Re: Is this how DE got in my pool?

    Around here, we remove the plug with the "square" and put it in the line to the filter when we winterize in ground pools. This keeps the water out of the line to the filter and allows for the pool level to remain below the skimmer so they don't freeze. In the spring we reverse the procedure.
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    Re: Is this how DE got in my pool?

    Thanks Danpik. I've not heard of that.
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