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    Intex Skimmer Problem

    Hi,
    I have an 18x42 easy set with the surface skimmer. When I set up the skimmer, everything appears fine. When I turn on the pump it pulls the water out of the cylinder faster than it flows in the top. This caused the cylinder to float up, after a half minute it's empty, sucks air and it's all over.

    What am I missing?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Intex Skimmer Problem

    Welcome to TFP!

    I have two answers, hopefully one will help. Perhaps you need to raise the water level? Low water level can cause that effect. Second, try putting a tennis ball in the skimmer. It should float above the skimmer drain hole and help prevent air from going in.
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    Re: Intex Skimmer Problem

    You might also want to check the weir.
    I was having a similiar problem yesterday, and I went and made sure the weir was floating freely, then my problem went away.

    Randy
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    Re: Intex Skimmer Problem

    First, make sure the adjustable clamp is nice and tight on the inflatable ring. Second, there is a nut to adjust the height of the cylinder up and down on the support. You can run it several inches below the water without a problem, because the blue sleeve in the center will float up to whatever the water level is.

    The key really is to have the thing tight on the inflatable ring. You might need to pump some more air in it so its firmer before you tighten the skimmer clamp down.



    Tom

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    Re: Intex Skimmer Problem

    Thanks for all the replies. I needed to make the ring clamp tighter and that did the trick! I appreciate the tip!

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