Hello everyone, I just installed a Poolskim last week and I am having a couple issues with it and I was hoping to get ideas from others who have it.
In case my sig line doesnt show my pool is:
My pool is a 20 X 40 Rect, in ground, vinyl. 2 pipe, 1-1/2 return fittings. Pump is a Hayward Ecostar VSP. I have 3 returns total, one 5 ft from each opposite corner and one in the steps area. I have two skimmers that are located approx halfway down the pool directly across from each other.
Poolskim is located on one return with the flow directed towards the corner of the pool, approx 2 3 feet or so from the end of the bag to the corner. The other returns have reducer eyeballs on them pointing to make a clockwise flow (Poolskim is also clockwise flow orientated).
Problem 1 when my pump kicks on in the morning it primes at high speed. Well at high speed it causes havoc with the PS (Poolskim). The first time it blew the thing right off the PVC even with the screw tightened well! The PVC had a nice deep gouge from the screw all the way off the end. I pre drilled a hole where the screw would go and sunk the screw through the PVC pipe. On high it still messed things up and it pivots the whole PS up so that the bag is on the surface and a jet of foaming water comes out. I turned down the max speed my pump can go to try and help but I need to keep it up high enough to run my cleaner and pole vacuum (yes I use both, that is another story). Its at 2800 rpm now. That helped but it will still slowly rotate the PS up out of the water. I cant seem to crank down on the nut that attaches it to the pool fitting tight enough to keep it from rotating, I can rotate it with my hand if I try hard enough (and its not that hard). The pump does not run at that speed constantly, that is just for 3 minutes when it primes. Suggestions?
Problem 2 its not working well. My skimmers have way more leaves in them than the PS. The PS catches some leaves but I keep reading reviews of this cleaning the whole pool surface in an hour and filling the bag while the pool skimmers barely have to work. On top of that I still have leaves settling to the bottom of the pool since my pool skimmer gets full so that reduces flow into that skimmer and the PS isnt catching the leaves my skimmers are missing. Suggestions?
I thought maybe trying two PS in the pool, one on each end but that seemed overkill according to reviews. I have more than enough flow to power both with the pump. I also thought about trying those slotted reducers vs. eyeballs to make the flow more along the wall but that doesnt help getting leaves out of the middle. I may try reversing flow and going away from the corner but I thought this way would make the most of pulling from the center since it pointing away from the center.
Would love some thoughts on this.