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    Lost Skimmer Sock

    Hi I have a 15' AG , Hayward Sand Filter S166T and Power Flo 1Hp pump. We needed to replace the skimmer and did it last evening so pool just used for first time this season. I put in a knee hi stocking and everything was fine. When i checked this AM the skimmer basket was upside down and no knee hi. Everything seems to be running ok, there is good pressure from return and into skimmer but it won't backwash very good and there is only 2 lbs pressure. I don't know what the pressure was last nite because the gauge was broken and just put the new one on this Am. Help.
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    Re: Lost Skimmer Sock

    You may have gotten your knee high stuck in your 6-way (if you have a 6-way) valve. I would take it apart and see if the knee high is in there and has something "clogged" up.
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    Re: Lost Skimmer Sock

    I just checked that and it isn't there. But now i am seeing sand in the pool.
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    Re: Lost Skimmer Sock

    Did you check the final trap?
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    Re: Lost Skimmer Sock

    Look in the pump strainer basket.
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    Re: Lost Skimmer Sock

    My pump doesn't have a strainer basket. What is the final trap?
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    Re: Lost Skimmer Sock

    Quote Originally Posted by car8857123
    My pump doesn't have a strainer basket. What is the final trap?
    I call it the final trap. Same as pump basket.
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    Re: Lost Skimmer Sock

    So what would be the next step?
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    Re: Lost Skimmer Sock

    No strainer basket in front of the pump? I thought all pumps had one of those. Learn a new thing every day.

    At this point I would take the sand filter apart and dig through the sand. Once you find it and have everything put together again, if you decide to keep using the skimmer sock (which I highly recommend) put a rock in it. That will help hold the sock down and also keep the skimmer basket inside its housing when the pump is off.
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    Re: Lost Skimmer Sock

    Well, if the sock is not in the pump, I have to wonder where it is. I think it went into the valve, and if it made it past that, then it is in the filter. So, does water go through the center tube, then out the laterals through the sand and back into the pool? If so, then maybe the sock is down in the center tube. If not, then the sock is on top of the sand. Another thing. I can't imagine how it would get past the pump. I bet it is twisted up inside there around the impeller. Not the basket area, there should be another hole leading into the actual pump between the basket and the motor.
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    Re: Lost Skimmer Sock

    Thanks for the replies. Ex husband who's here everyday to see the kids took everything apart and sock was almost in the pump so we were lucky. Of course hes bit*****g me upside down. Since he never heard of skimmer sox and it wasn't his idea then it must be silly. Of course he does so much with the maintenance end of things that I couldn't do myself. (I'm the pool cleaner and chemical person). Just got my TF 100 kit, only took 2 days, yay can't wait to use it. Carolyn
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