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    Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    I tried a skimmer sock (knee high nylon) the other day and was AMAZED at what it picked up. There was this thick slimy gunk on it after just a couple of hours. I rinsed it out and put it back on. I forgot about it till the next morning, but when I checked it again, same thing. Thick layer of sand colored slime. I threw that one away and didn't put a new on one yet.

    Do you all keep yours on all the time? Or just do it every once in awhile?
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    I leave mine on all the time.
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    I have had mine on for a month straight now. There for a week or so I was having to clean mine at least 2 times a day... now I'm able to clean it once a day, but I just can't believe the gunk! and the hair!?? It looks like my cats are swimming in my pool a night or something??
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    Oh and I haven't tried the knee highs yet, but I'm gonna give them a shot.
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    I got a 10 pack nononense kneehighs at wallyworld for $2.
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    All the time. And if you think knee highs work well try some real skimmer socks. The difference is night and day!

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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    All the time, here, too.

    The skimmer socks/screens from WallyWorld work great! A 3-pack will easily last all summer for me.
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    I use mine all the time.

    You should see all the icky yellow pollen I've been catching. I'm using the same ones from last year, although after the washing and bleaching, are looking kind of ragged.

    Time to invest in some new ones
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    How do you attach the sock? My uptake pipe goes down through the basket.
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    Your intake pipe actually goes through your skimmer basket? That would pretty much negate even having a basket, wouldn't it? Got a picture by chance?

    Here's a picture of my basket and sock that kind of shows how the sock is installed on the basket (and also shows the stuff it catches, too!). The opening of the sock has an elastic band.

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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    I also use mine all the time
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    I use it all the time. Before using the sock, we had to clean the cart filter every 3 to 4 weeks due to rising pressure -- what a job that is with 4 monster carts. Now we clean the cart every 3 months.

    I still clean the skimmer basket pretty much every day, or maybe every other day now after fall and spring debris seasons, and I also swish the basket and sock in a bucket of pool water to clean it off. Amazing what is in that bucket, so much dirt and pollen and tiny stuff that would have been in the cart filter.
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    I've never used a skimmer sock but just went through a friend's stuff she was ditching and found 4 pair of nylons. I threw a pair on the basket and wow. I didn't think my pool had that much crud in it! I got the thick greenish yellow layer of this yucky stuff after a few hours! I'm surprised. Really, I am. It's pretty cool! 8)
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    I use a skimmer sock and put DE in my sand filter.
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    Last year I used the skimmer socks and while they did catch a lot of crud, I got tired of hosing them off whenever I emptied the skimmers. This year I'm letting the carts pickup the junk, I clean them twice a year either way.
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    Re: Skimmer sock - cloudy water in skimmer?

    For those of you using knee-highs, does the water in your skimmer turn cloudy over night? When I go out in the morning to empty the skimmer basket, the water is very cloudy when I remove the basket/knee-high. I'm wondering if maybe the rubber in the knee-highs is breaking down or something?

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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    Nope, that didn't happen to me.
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    Me either. It picked up a lot fo dirt/pollen and bugs, but the water stayed the same color. I might actually buy some skimmer socks anyway and see how they work as well.
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    Doesn't happen to me either. I have some very old knee highs in which the elastic is broken down and have been using them without incurring any cloudiness or problems.
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    Re: Skimmer sock - all the time or just occassionally?

    Huh?...maybe the cloudiness I'm seeing is from some of the crud that the sock has been catching...it is working great!

    Thanks for the feedback!

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