Plastic bottles in skimmer?

ajw22

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Anything crushable. Empty plastic bottles, pool noodles, foam blocks.

Give space for ice to expand into the crushable thing rather then putting pressure and cracking the skimmer.
 

ajw22

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Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
So to be sure I understand, the baskets stay IN the skimmer, and maybe put a few empty water bottles with caps on inside the baskets themselves?

Remove the baskets. Freezing water can crack them.

Put empty water bottles with caps on in the skimmer.
 

Apsuhead

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I removed my skimmer basket. Put a galloon of rv antifreeze in there after removing most of the water. Poured half of another rv antifreeze bottle in there and left the half empty bottle floating in there with cap off. I then put cover on top of skimmer and placed a full bottle of liquid chlorine on top to keep it pushed down. My skimmer is sealed from the pool but water seeps in there and makes the skimmer fill up.
 

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