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    Hi! I have a 16' round Intex above ground pool with a 1200 gph sand filter attached. I bought the skimmer for it and put it on the pool today and it does nothing . Leaves and debris just wash around it. If I disconnect the hose and put my hand over the intake I feel really good suction. I can also see the water moving across the surface coming through the output but there is absolutely no suction or draw to the skimmer at all. I have backwashed my filter. I have ensured there is no air in any of the hoses. I'm lost. The required gph for the skimmer is 800 gph. Any ideas on what I need to do?

    Thank you!
    Renea

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    Re: New skimmer not working

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Can you post a picture of what skimmer you added?
    If it does not have a weir door on it, then it is not going to pull much across the surface.
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    Re: New skimmer not working

    Thanks Jason. It does not have a door on it.<

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    Renea Summers
    above ground 16' x 4' Intex round pool.
    single outflow to pump
    sand filter/pump 1050 gph

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    Re: New skimmer not working

    Hmm, well I have no experience with those, did not realize it was not a through the wall skimmer. How someone else can jump in.
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    Re: New skimmer not working

    Best thing I ever did was ditch that Intex skimmer and install a thru the wall skimmer (see my signature for link to skimmer install).

    Next best thing I did was get a larger filter.


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    Re: New skimmer not working

    Quote Originally Posted by domct203 View Post
    Best thing I ever did was ditch that Intex skimmer and install a thru the wall skimmer (see my signature for link to skimmer install).

    Next best thing I did was get a larger filter.

    Thanks Dom👍🏻 That is my next step. I'll check out the link. One more question, what would you recommend for a filter upgrade? Mine is sand and circulates 1050gph.
    Renea Summers
    above ground 16' x 4' Intex round pool.
    single outflow to pump
    sand filter/pump 1050 gph

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