We've been awaiting this skimmer http://www.amazon.com/Intex-Deluxe-Moun ... intex+pool
to arrive to ride out the rest of this season and planned on installing a Hayward through-the-wall skimmer next season.
It finally came today, and after only 5 minutes of setup, it was in the pool and running. Seemed to work like a charm.
After a couple of hours I went back out to look at it and there was nary a gnat in the pool anywhere. I also noticed the return was barely putting any water back in the pool. I thought, "I need to clean the skimmer." I took it out, and there was nothing in it. All the gnats and ants apparently fit through the holes in the skimmer basket and made their way into the pump and clogged the filter (and hopefully didn't damage the pump).
I've yanked out the filter, cleaned the filter housing, and I'm fixing to run to the store to pick up some more filters (that was my last one).
Any suggestions about the skimmer?