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    Skimmer socks changed my life

    Or at least the life of my pool! I'm so glad I found out about them here. My pool is so beautiful now. Just had to share. If you don't use them, go buy some. I got 5 on Amazon for like 6 bucks, and I rinse and reuse them.

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    Re: Skimmer socks changed my life

    They work really well. Cut down on my need to backwash the filter as often too
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    Re: Skimmer socks changed my life

    I used them for a while, it definitely makes cleaning the basket easier, but I didn't notice any less filtering ability without them. Plus they can clog easier than the basket alone.
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    Re: Skimmer socks changed my life

    I use them in the early spring to help capture the pollen and small stuff that is blown in by the perennial North Texas springtime wind that never seems to take a day off between February and April. The socks help keep the skimmer (and baskets) cleaner.

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedo
    ...they can clog easier than the basket alone.
    Very true. When there is lots of small debris, I have to change the socks out every 2-3 hours when the pump is running. If the socks get too clogged, the pump will be starved for water - not a good thing. The beauty is the socks can be washed, rinsed, and reused. I have several pairs so when one pair is removed for cleaning, I always have a clean pair on-deck.
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    Re: Skimmer socks changed my life

    I like the knee-hi's. since they're cheap. And when they start loading up, the toe just gets filled. skimmer-sock-nylon-illustrated-t60819.html
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    Re: Skimmer socks changed my life

    I use them 100% the time. They catch alot of junk that my filter would see otherwise.


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    Re: Skimmer socks changed my life

    I tried the womens knee high pantyhose, but everytime I put them on and walk around the pool they dont catch anything. Hehe. They do work great though and alot cheaper than the skimmer socks.
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    Re: Skimmer socks changed my life

    Queen size knee highs from WallMart, the ones in the little clear bubbles are 3 pr of $1. How can you beat that?
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    Re: Skimmer socks changed my life

    I had a whole bunch (technical term there) of dead algae too small to get caught by the filter. I was using a sock due to earlier problems with long, thing seed pods which blocked the pump basket.
    I used the blue clarifying stuff )which turns the algae into floating bits large enough for the filter.

    It worked quite well - the next morning, I heard the pump straining - the sock had become nearly completely clogged with the floating stuff.

    Lesson: If you're going to use the clarifying stuff, either remove the sock or watch it like the proverbial raptor.

    I tried (cheap) knee-high hose it snagged and tore on the roughness of the basket, and trying to extract one of the seed pods caused a hole the sixe of a quarter.

    The last of the stockings is n ow the repkacement mesh for leaf skimmer
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    Re: Skimmer socks changed my life

    Well yes, the knee highs don't hold up well, but at a cost of 16 cents you can put a new one in every day if needed.
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    Re: Skimmer socks changed my life

    We used that and a slime bag in combination and had beautiful water all year
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