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    Apr 2015
    Leesburg, GA

    Intex Skimmer Problem/Solution

    I recently replaced my Intex AGP with another one due to the support beams rusting out presumably because of the salt water (not using SWG on new pool).

    A skimmer did not come with the new pool so I had to adapt the old skimmer to work with the new one. To start with, I had to purchase a new style hangover bracket so it would work with the new, wider, horizontal support beams.

    Unlike the older pool, the new pool came with two pump intakes rather than just one intake. This presented a problem because the "suction" of each intake was cut in half due to two intakes versus the one intake on the older pool.

    The simplest way to solve the problem for me was to unscrew the cover on one intake and block it off by cramming it full of anything to block the water flow. This obviously increased the water flow through the remaining intake and gave me enough suction power for the skimmer to work.

    Has anyone come up with a better solution?

    I imagine I could have purchased some short hoses and spliced in a shutoff valve to one of the intakes as I have a few extra since the new pool came with new shutoff valves. Has anyone done something like this and if so, pictures please?

    Also, why would some states require two pump intakes rather than one? The only thing I can think of is that they felt the suction was too strong with just one intake and someone's hair could get stuck in it! Seems far-fetched to me but who knows???
    20' Intex; 52" deep; 8,638 gal; above ground. Intex 1,600 GPH sand filter.

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    Sierra Vista, Az

    Re: Intex Skimmer Problem/Solution

    Aside from installing a shutoff valve I do not have any ideas. You can build one or buy a one.
    Intex AG vinyl 15' x 48" 4,300 gallons due to skimmer install, Krystal Clear SF pump combo 2800 GPH, Krystal Clear SWG, Pool Blaster Max vacuum, Hayward thru the wall skimmer, TF 100 test kit with speed stir, K 1766 Taylor salt test, My SLAM Process

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