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    Skimmer location

    My skimmer is about 18 inches away from the discharge. I feel like this is slowing down how fast the pool is being filtered since a fair amount is being recirculated right back in. Is this normal for above ground pools?

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    Re: Skimmer location

    Are you saying your skimmer is 18" from your return?
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    Re: Skimmer location

    Yes ma'am. Im calling the pumps discharge the return.

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    Re: Skimmer location

    My return is only about 10" away from my skimmer and the pool stays really clean.

    Does your return push water away or toward the skimmer?
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    Re: Skimmer location

    It is pointing toward the center of the pool. however the skimmer being so close to the discharge flow doesnt allow the skimmer to suck in all recently unfiltered water. Some of return is going right back in. I just think it would work better if the skimmer was farther away.

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    Re: Skimmer location

    I have my return eye turned as far away from the skimmer as it will go. You could try that it may help.
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    Re: Skimmer location

    Heh...i aint got one of those. Need to find one somewhere then.

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    Re: Skimmer location

    Very easy to replace.
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    Re: Skimmer location

    Does this mean i have to go to a pool store to find one of these things???

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    Re: Skimmer location

    That's where I ended up buying mine. Lol

    Amazon probably has one.

    When we purchased our pool it didn't have the best equipment/skimmer etc.... We end up replacing the skimmer, return, and a couple other things the 1st year we had it. Right now I actually have the Pentair Aqua illuminator for my return. Husband wanted a light so he could swim at night. He didn't like the idea of swimming in the dark when something could have crawled in the pool. Lol

    The water comes out of the far side away from the skimmer. We replaced my moms 2 years ago with just a plain eye return so she could move it around.
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    Re: Skimmer location

    Aqua illuminator....my pool isnt worthy for that yet lol. Waitin for her to clean up. Speaking of crawling in pools ive sucked in 4 frogs the last 2 days

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    Re: Skimmer location

    Exactly why you need a light. Lol
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    Re: Skimmer location

    I dunno, in my pool, with the way all the returns work together, it's more important to get all the surface water moving toward the skimmer. This means that the return closest to the skimmer (not counting the venture return) is actually kinda aiming toward the skimmer. If I turned it the other way, it would be shooting against all the water that was heading towards the skimmer as a result of all the other returns. I don't want a total dead zone right in front of the skimmer. Better to have some clean water go back in and take the other water with it.
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    Re: Skimmer location

    I'm guessing you have an AG pool. My skimmer is literally like 12" away from my return. Most of the returns you can rotate the eye in the middle to point away from the skimmer. And if your water isnt shooting out hard enough to go away from your skimmer, there is something wrong. When my pump is on high, i can feel the return pushing water halfway across the pool. Post a pic of your return. It might be as simple as loosening the ring around the eye. And it helps to turn it when the pump is off too.
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