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    Basket in skimmer keeps floating up when not under pressure

    Basket in skimmer keeps floating up when pump isn't used. We have our pool on a timer to run several hours each morning and each night, but when the filter isn't running the basket floats and the leaves and junk fall into the pipes of the skimmer and then into the pump clean out. Is there a way to weigh this down with out hurting it? I know idealy we'd run the pump more often but with just me and DH home and the pool covered under the solar blanket I'd like to keep the electricity for the ac in the house and not waste it on the pool. My numbers are ok too. Thanks, Kimrst
    5 years 18' Intex Frame pool, July 2009 upgrade, 28ft rnd used Doughboy, 1hs Hayward Power Flow pump, Doughboy DE filter.TF test kit

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    Re: Basket in skimmer keeps floating up when not under pressure

    You can just put a rock in the basket. Just make sure the rock is bigger than the hole in the bottom of the skimmer so it can't fall in and get stuck if it ever falls out of the basket.

    Adam
    18' x 42" Intex Easyset Pool, with 16' x 52" deep end in the middle. Approx. 5500 Gal.
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    Re: Basket in skimmer keeps floating up when not under pressure

    mine kinda locks in. just twist it a little bit until the basket locks in. you may not have this feature.
    18' 52" deep laguna agp with pentair 1 1/2 hp pump and 22" filter, intex swg

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    Re: Basket in skimmer keeps floating up when not under pressure

    The doughboy baskets do this.

    Same with mine.

    Just drop a smooth river rock into it. Works like a charm.
    18' Round ABG (8000 gallon)
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    Re: Basket in skimmer keeps floating up when not under pressure

    It even happens in in ground pools. My Hayward basket does the same. I keep a rock in it.

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    Re: Basket in skimmer keeps floating up when not under pressure

    A rock will work, if you want a more "real" solution try installing the "Skimmer Angel" google it.
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    Re: Basket in skimmer keeps floating up when not under pressure

    I bought an expensive weighted basket because the cheapies didn't seal as well around the top of the basket to the ring of the overflow and it helped with that too. Metal handle and a weight built into the bottom of it.
    20,000 US Gallon Oval with diving well but no board :( Hayward s244t2 & Multiport SP71621
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    Re: Basket in skimmer keeps floating up when not under pressure

    I cable-tied a weight to the bottom of the basket. I had used a rock in the basket but got tired of pulling the rock from the junk before I dumped it.

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    Gary
    21k gal SW, IG Gunite PebbleSheen, 1HP Jandy, Jandy 340 filter, Polaris 280, 17' fiberglass slide w/ 2HP pump.

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    Re: Basket in skimmer keeps floating up when not under pressure

    I put a crystal in mine. i don't have to clean it too much being indoor. good vibes though.
    AG 4000 gal.13' round Louisburg(cedar sides,top rails) Vinyl liner commercial Watsu pool
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