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    Skimmer door necessary?

    Hello,
    When a pool company closed my pool last year, they took the skimmer door off my IG pool. I opened my pool this weekend. I wasn't sure how it goes back on so I asked a guy in the biz and he mentioned the door is better left off on my pool because I'll see less junk on the surface by the skimmer. I tend to agree with him as I do see less so far around the skimmer. Is this ok to leave off? I do have to clean my skimmer basket more often it seems but I also cut down time skimming the pool.
    3rd yr pool owner, 16x36 oval IG,Sand Filter, Vinyl liner, 3/4 HP hayward pump,loop loc cover

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    Re: Skimmer door necessary?

    The skimmer door helps keep skimmed stuff from getting back in the pool . Normally bugs and other items that float real good. Wont be a problem untill you swim and make a lot of waves. It wont hurt anything being left off , but you might see a difference when the pool is being used.
    coloeb,
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    Re: Skimmer door necessary?

    Another purpose of the skimmer flap is to increase the rate of flow right at the surface, which helps suck floating stuff into the skimmer. If you get enough skimming action without it, then no big deal.
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    Re: Skimmer door necessary?

    And even another purpose is to prevent the skimmer flow from forming a vortex and sucking air into the plumbing. If it doesn't do that and the skimming action is good then yes, you can leave it off.
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    Re: Skimmer door necessary?

    Good info! Ok, so I didn't see how they took it off. How does it snap back onto the skimmer? Do the tabs connect at the top (closer to pool deck) or bottom (closer to water). I see it has a side that says "pool side" so I shouldn't screw that part up at least.
    3rd yr pool owner, 16x36 oval IG,Sand Filter, Vinyl liner, 3/4 HP hayward pump,loop loc cover

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    Re: Skimmer door necessary?

    The tabs attach at the bottom of the throat. There should be an indention on each side that the tabs fit into.
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