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    Skimmer question

    This is my skimmer, the valve on the right has me a bit puzzled. The black hose is from the filter, the grey is to the return.

    In it's current position, let's call it up going with the pointy "handle" of the valve-stem, the return flow is normal.
    To the left it starts some kind of waterfall thing, there's no weir or place to attach one as far as I can see.
    Down and the return shuts off, is this a backwash setting? <-- that's my first question.
    My other question is about the waterfall thing, does that serve the same purpose as the weir door?

    Or am I totally clueless?

    This will be my first spring opening, uncovered the pool yesterday, once I replace/repair the leaky return jet, time to fill and bleach the green out!
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    Re: Skimmer question

    That isn't a standard skimmer, it must be one of the fancier models. Do you know the model name and/or brand of the skimmer?

    I suspect the "waterfall thing" is a place where you can place a trichlor tablet without worrying about removing it when the pump is off. But I can't be sure without either a model name or a better photo of where the waterfall is happening.
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    Re: Skimmer question

    On the Basket cover is a big "W" so I'm guessing waterpik maybe? I can't find anything in regards to a name or number.
    The waterfall thing is a long narrow outlet on the top of the intake, facing the pool, there's nowhere to put anything and it only works when the valve is in that "sideways" position. The more I look the more I think it might be for aeration and it just looks neat.
    I'll try to take a picture of it in action later, I need to pick re-agent refills for my test kit.
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    Re: Skimmer question

    The big "W" is likely Waterway.

    From the picture, I am guessing, since it match anything in my product book, that it is a variation of a venturi skimmer made specifically for the pool manufacturer's AGP pool kit

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    Re: Skimmer question

    By blind luck (and google), I've figured out it is indeed a waterway skimmer, only part number I can find is on the lid though.
    Here's a couple better pictures of it.
    and in action:
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    Re: Skimmer question

    Welcome to TFP!!

    Looks like a AG version of a Genie, where the skimmer also acts as a return.

    Watch your pH and alkalinity as this system will cause a bunch of aeration!
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    Re: Skimmer question

    Quote Originally Posted by drewspool
    Down and the return shuts off, is this a backwash setting? <-- that's my first question.
    My other question is about the waterfall thing, does that serve the same purpose as the weir door?
    Alright, now that we know what it is, hopefully we can answer your questions correctly.

    No, that valve doesn't really have anything to do with backwashing. It just lets you turn that fountain/waterfall effect on and off.

    No, the fountain/waterfall doesn't do the same thing as a weir door. It is really just decorative, and also handy if you want to cool the water and/or aerate the pool.
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