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    How full is a pool?

    Yeah, well..... On our opening, new liner, and first fill, we filled to a point just below the opening in the skimmer. All seemed pretty OK, until we got about 1.5 inches of rain, then the skimmer quit skimming and I was a little unsure what to do. I know the top of the skimmer is a slip fit and will leak if overfilled, so I knew I needed to back off. I drained about an inch or so of water to bring the level back to just under the top of the skimmer. So, I believe I'm now losing that nasty looking pollen slick on top of the water.

    But, the definitive answer still eludes me. How full should a pool be?

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    Re: How full is a pool?

    Usually about halfway up the skimmer. This keeps the pump from sucking air and not too full to keep things moving toward the opening.
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    Re: How full is a pool?

    It is worse to be under filled than overfilled....I keep mine at the 3/4 point of the skimmer opening.
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    Re: How full is a pool?

    So there are usually 4 screws in the side of the skimmer. I keep mine just above the 2nd screw. When it get lower, the high setting on my pump creates a nice whirlpool in the skimmer and sucks a little air. When it get higher, the low setting just takes the bottom of the water and i still have debris on top.
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    Re: How full is a pool?

    Thanks, folks..... I think I'm still a little too high, but the pollen sheen is disappearing, so I must be marginal.

    I've got a real learning curve..... pumping OUT water, rather than running more water in (to the tune of 17,000 gals/month).

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    Re: How full is a pool?

    As long as water entering the skimmer has head space to allow debris floating on the surface to enter you should be good.
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