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    Clogged Skimmer Line

    I was vacuuming and clogged my skimmer line. I tried putting a hose wrapped with a towel in the pump end and built up pressure but it didn't work. I've heard some people use a drain king but I dont think I can get that into the line. Any other ideas?

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    Re: Clogged Skimmer Line

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    I was vacuuming and clogged my skimmer line. I tried putting a hose wrapped with a towel in the pump end and built up pressure but it didn't work. I've heard some people use a drain king but I dont think I can get that into the line. Any other ideas?

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    Blowing it backwards is the best thing, but if you can't get in there, then try a plumber's snake from the skimmer end. OR, if you have a wet-n-dry shop vacuum and can get a good seal between the end of the vacuum hose and the skimmer hole, try sucking backwards.
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    Re: Clogged Skimmer Line

    Often building pressure and then running the pump over and over will eventually work it loose. Do you know what the clog is?
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    Re: Clogged Skimmer Line

    Not sure what it is. Possible twigs? I've heard plumber's snake can damage the line? I will give the wet-dry vac a try.
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