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    Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Hi Everyone, I bought a new pump filter and now I need to figure out a way how to stop water from flowing out of the skimmer when I unplug the hose that I clamped on to it. Do you have any tips on how I can do this? I did a search here and I saw a reference to aquadoor but that's going to cost me at least $22 in Amazon. And once I have this plugging challenge figured out, I will attach a ball valve to it before I reattach the hose to the pump so in the future I don't have to deal with this again.

    Thanks for your help.
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Quote Originally Posted by norwei View Post
    Hi Everyone, I bought a new pump filter and now I need to figure out a way how to stop water from flowing out of the skimmer when I unplug the hose that I clamped on to it. Do you have any tips on how I can do this? I did a search here and I saw a reference to aquadoor but that's going to cost me at least $22 in Amazon. And once I have this plugging challenge figured out, I will attach a ball valve to it before I reattach the hose to the pump so in the future I don't have to deal with this again.

    Thanks for your help.
    I assume you have the Hayward skimmer installed?

    If so I would buy a 1.5" ball valve and the fittings to have 1.5" male threads on one end to screw into the skimmer and 1.5" female threads on the other end to screw the Hayward fitting into to attach the hose. I would get this whole assembly together and ready to screw in place then maybe try removing the skimmer basket and blocking/plugging under where the basket goes with a T shirt or towel. This will not stop the water...but should slow it enough for you to remove your hose unscrew the Hayward fitting and screw on your ball valve assembly with the valve shut. I would not think you would loose more than a gallon or two in the process.

    ETA...you might go to your local walmart or home improvement store and buy one of those rubber sink stoppers. I don't mean the kind that fit down in a hole...these are about 3" in diameter and flat. They are designed to cover the entire sink drain assembly. I bet that placed over the hole going out the bottom of the skimmer from the inside would slow the water loss to just a drip at best.
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Thanks for the help duckcmmndr. And yes, I have the Hayward skimmer.
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Check the ETA...I added above...it was after you posted your reply.
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Yup ball valves are the way to shut the water off... I was lucky enough to find 2" Hayward Ball valves for just under $6 each from Amazon... I grabbed 5 of them...lol.... I plan on putting them on every suction and return hose...
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Quote Originally Posted by duckcmmndr View Post
    Check the ETA...I added above...it was after you posted your reply.
    Thanks duckcmmndr. I just got home and I have a major issue with chlorine level. But I will start a new thread since it's unrelated to this topic.
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Quote Originally Posted by laceygirl View Post
    Yup ball valves are the way to shut the water off... I was lucky enough to find 2" Hayward Ball valves for just under $6 each from Amazon... I grabbed 5 of them...lol.... I plan on putting them on every suction and return hose...
    Just remember to have both suctions opened when your pump is running.

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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    A carrot has been recommended more than once

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    Quote Originally Posted by b15nut View Post
    A carrot has been recommended more than once
    That's genius
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    I use an old chunk of inner tube so the sink thing that duckcmdr suggested will work. I have also heard tennis balls will work, don't know tho I haven't tried.

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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Your pool store should have rubber plugs with a wing nut on the top. You'll need a #9 size. Plug the hole and tighten the wing nut until the hole is sealed...
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Quote Originally Posted by firefighter75 View Post
    Your pool store should have rubber plugs with a wing nut on the top. You'll need a #9 size.
    I will go to leslie's to look for this plug. Thanks firefighter. I hope it won't cost me an arm and a leg.
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Another type of "ball valve" that sometimes works is a cue ball. Set it in the skimmer drain and it will seal it up pretty well. If it still leaks a bit, put a paper towel under it first.
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Water balloons work well too.
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    Lots of good suggestions here...I like the idea of the pool ball with a napkin under it. I can also see a large carrot or cucumber working in a pinch.
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    Re: Plugging Tips for Skimmer - New Pump Arrived

    The #9 plug shouldn't cost more than $3.00.
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