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    Are Skimmer Sox worthwhile?

    Hi,

    I came across Skimmer basket sox - which are fine mesh sox you place over skimmer baskets. Are these worthwhile to capture finer rubbish that would generally go through the skimmer basket? The selling claim is that keeps your filter cleaner. One concern I would have is that the pump needs to work harder - but having bought one - it doesn't seem that it would inhibit water flow too much.

    Kind regards,
    Milan.

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    Re: Are Skimmer Sox worthwhile?

    I just use the "panty" portion of a pair of panty hose. Does the same job, cheaper. I have noticed the pump having to work any harder using them. I cut the legs off the pantyhose and use them to hold thistle for my finches to eat, use the panty portion in my skimmer............100% recycled!
    18,000 gal, 18x32 IGP, vinyl liner, 3 to 5.5ft depth. One inlet/skimmer (Aqua Genie), one main drain. Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter w/filtration rate of 20 GPM/FT, Two-Speed Pentair Whisperflo 1 HP pump, Natural Gas Hayward H200 pool heater, Aquabot T2 (200 Series) Robotic Pool Cleaner (my best friend), Automatic Electric Pool Cover (2nd best friend).

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    Re: Are Skimmer Sox worthwhile?

    Yes, worth it. I buy cheap knee-hi's at the drug store. http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...on-Illustrated
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    Re: Are Skimmer Sox worthwhile?

    I've used the socks and knee highs. Wouldn't go without them period.
    Jeff
    24'x54" AG Morada RTR (by wilbar) 13'500 gal. Hayward Powerflo Matrix 1hp 2 speed. Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter.

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    Re: Are Skimmer Sox worthwhile?

    Works great on pollen.
    Jim

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    Re: Are Skimmer Sox worthwhile?

    In my case, they are CRITICAL! I have a row of pine trees next to my property. I have them in both skimmers and use knee highs in the pump basket. I burned up 4 pumps before I realized that I needed something in the pump basket as well.
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    Re: Are Skimmer Sox worthwhile?

    The main thing when the pollen is flying around is make sure you check them often. They will restrict flow when they catch a lot of pollen.
    Jeff
    24'x54" AG Morada RTR (by wilbar) 13'500 gal. Hayward Powerflo Matrix 1hp 2 speed. Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter.

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    Re: Are Skimmer Sox worthwhile?

    They do help. Just check them frequently enough to avoid them getting completely clogged.

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