Are you backwashing when pressure rises 25% over clean pressure?Still struggling a bit here. Good news is the deep end of my pool seems to be clearing up toward the bottom of the pool. Less hazy. Not crystal clear yet, but an improvement. I attribute this to adding DE more frequently to my and filter and the return jets pointing down vs up. I'm still very much struggling with the surface of the pool, however. Thoughts on pointing jets down and toward the skimmers vs left or right?
Edit : the leaves and other floating debris tend to move in circles in the shallow or deep end of the pool, several feet from the skimmers.
All returns should be pointed in the same direction. How high on the skimmer mouth are you keeping your water level? Too high and they will not create much suction if any.
I'm not at all convinced that the aiming of your returns has anything to do with your water clarity. And I really believe it has zero to do with it. Sure, in an ideal world, the volume of pool water is nicely circulating about throughout the water column. But just by the pump running, the water in the pool gets circulated pretty well. Maybe not well enough to skim effectively, or to eliminate dust settling in one area versus another, but almost certainly well enough to distribute chemicals, which is the primary the reason for cloudy water. As stated earlier, the water is just as cloudy in the shallow end as the deep end, it is just more obvious when looking through more water depth.
My advice is, in order to obtain the best possible skimming, is to continue fine tuning your return directions. But to obtain clear water, test and treat your water properly, which if your water is cloud (i.e. not crystal clear) is to follow the SLAM Process.
I notice that you are not sharing your Pool Math logs. Can you share a complete set of test results, and what test kit you are using to get them? That will allow us to address chemical issues.
You can get different “eyeballs” for your returns that can assist with flow, remember water goes its easiest route, normally the first return has lots of flow where the others off that line won’t, that’s where I put a smaller eyeball to force the water to other returns.
Are you backwashing when pressure rises 25% over clean pressure?
If you are getting any debris in your skimmers then they are working. If you have two skimmers and they are not both plumbed independently then the second one won’t have pull if any. Water level can affect skimming action as well, 1/3 up the mouth of the skimmer pulls more than 1/2 up the skimmer. Having the main drain open too much will reduce water being pulled by the skimmers. Placement in regard to prevailing winds can also affect their pull.