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    Stupid is as stupid does....

    Just a word of advice for all the TFP'ers out there - when adding anything powdered to your skimmer, make sure to take the skimmer basket out and pour slowly! Otherwise, you'll be buying a new skimmer basket....and in cases like mine where the pool owner (me) is really stupid...you'll be buying a new basket twice.....
    24' x 52" AGP - approx 13,500 gallons
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    Re: Stupid is as stupid does....

    What were you pouring into the basket that ruined it?

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    Re: Stupid is as stupid does....

    A basket is easier to replace than the skimmer and the pipe that connects to it. If you put something in the skimmer that destroys the basket, it can't be doing anything good for the skimmer or the pipe, let alone the filter, pump, heater, etc. The right answer is to not put anything in your skimmer that is harmful to the basket!
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    Previous pool: IG vinyl 20x40 rectangle. Made all the mistakes - now reformed (mostly)

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    Re: Stupid is as stupid does....

    Yes, please tell: What the heck was that powdered stuff? I have been adding chems but have diluted them in a bucket before pouring them into the strainer - except granulated stabilizer.
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    Re: Stupid is as stupid does....

    I was adding borax, and had left the skimmer sock on the basket. Poured too much borax in at once, it got caught up in the skimmer sock, I heard the pump start straining, heard a loud crack, and found the upper rim of my skimmer basket had separated from the rest of the basket. So maybe I should have said "make sure you take the skimmer sock off" instead of removing the basket. Either way would've saved me a basket...twice (first time was baking soda).
    24' x 52" AGP - approx 13,500 gallons
    Pentair Optiflo 1 hp/2sp pump w/ Swimpro Voyager 150 sq ft cartridge filter
    Intex 8110 SWCG
    "Fear the Schnauz!"

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    Re: Stupid is as stupid does....

    Ah! Ok, i thought it was a chemical reaction going on. Just physics!
    12-15k gallons capacity, 18'x34'
    2 main drains 4 returns 1 vacuum line
    pentair intelliflo 4x160 pump 200 sq ft media filter full width (~7' wide) swimout at deep end
    pebble sheen white diamonds

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    Re: Stupid is as stupid does....

    Yep..physics and stupidity on my part..(and weak memory, apparently!)
    24' x 52" AGP - approx 13,500 gallons
    Pentair Optiflo 1 hp/2sp pump w/ Swimpro Voyager 150 sq ft cartridge filter
    Intex 8110 SWCG
    "Fear the Schnauz!"

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