Longer Lasting Alternative to Skimmer Socks?

mzimm88

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Dec 18, 2015
16
Sacramento
I am using skimmer socks in my basket to catch small needles that come off a cedar tree near my pool. The trouble is that they only last a week and I feel that for the money I am spending, I could find a more permanent solution. I was able to find this http://ep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-91425600618043/paramount-debris-canister-fine-mesh-bag-3.gif for the debris canister coming off my main drain, but haven't found something similar for my skimmer basket. I am half considering buying another of those bags and cutting it down and attaching it to my basket with a zip tie. Has anyone come up with something better?

Thanks!
 

mzimm88

Member
Dec 18, 2015
16
Sacramento

mzimm88

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Dec 18, 2015
16
Sacramento
Try 1 gallon paint strainers from Lowes or Home Depot.
I will take a look at those too. One of my problems is that I have a metal rod that is the handle on my skimmer basket. So, I have to put two holes in my skimmer socks to use the handle, and otherwise it is a PITA to get the basket out without spilling all of the contents back into the water if I don't have the handle.
 

jblizzle

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I have been using a paint strainer for over six months. I just put it into the basket and then put the rod into its holes just kind of pushing on the net.
 

borjis

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Aug 19, 2014
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I use the paint strainers too. works great and lasts much longer than traditional skimmer socks.

I bought a 3 pack last summer and still using the first one.
 

grottoguy

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Aug 24, 2014
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NJ
I use what GARY300 uses and throw them away each time I change them. I had been using $4 ones and washing them but that was a big pain.
 

oolie

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Aug 19, 2014
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Frisco, TX
I have a metal rod that is the handle on my skimmer basket. So, I have to put two holes in my skimmer socks to use the handle, and otherwise it is a PITA
I put paint strainers OUTSIDE my baskets. They are pinched between basket and slimmer when basket installed so they stay on. I only take the basket out when the pump is off.

I use paint strainers/pool skimmer socks from Amazon (really same).
 

jblizzle

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Unless they are full of debris when they get sucked in and get stuck. Do as you wish, not sure why that is easier.

Just not going to let potentially non-trouble free ideas go unchallenged ;)