I've read in several threads where skimmer socks are mentioned and thought I would try one. Since I've never heard of a skimmer sock before I didn't really know what they are or where to buy one so I decided to improvise. I bought a pair of ladies queen size knee high stockings from the local drug store, removed the center handle of my skimmer basket and stretched one of the socks over the lip so that it sets inside the basket. It's been in place for about a week now and I'm amazed at how much stuff it collects.
It does not seem to impede the water flow to the pump - at least I can't see any difference and I know it is removing a lot of debris that would otherwise end in the filter. It is catching things like ants, gnats, other small bugs, and glass clippings from mowing the lawn. Considering that the filter is very efficient at removing detritus I'm wondering if there are other advantages to using the sock I'm not aware of or is that enough of a justification?