Skinner Basket Broken - Again!

MichelleK

New member
Jul 22, 2020
1
Nashville
Hey there! We have a new above ground pool with a wide mouth skimmer. The basket has broken 3 times in the last 2.5 weeks. We have a lot of trees and leaves seem to be bogging it down and causing the breaks. We clean it like twice a day and we have a sock. Nothing seems to work. Is there a product or something that can help protect our slimmer basket from breaking all the time? 🤦🏼‍♀️
 

ajw22

Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
21,190
Northern NJ
Pool Size
35000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-60
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What pump and filter do you have? Post pics of your equipment.

I suspect your pump is too strong and you have too much suction pulling on the plastic basket when the skimmer gets clogged. Putting in a second skimmer would ensure that one skimmer can get clogged and the pump can get water from the other skimmer.

Or you need to clean the skimmer more often and not let it clog.
 
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Homebrewale

Well-known member
Apr 21, 2020
330
Apex, NC
I would remove the sock and let the skimmer catch the big stuff and the filter catch the small stuff. I know in the spring that when I put a sock in the skimmer basket to capture pine pollen, the skimmer basket is more difficult to remove than usual.
 

Mdragger88

Bronze Supporter
Jun 1, 2018
1,473
Hernando, Ms
Is it a hydrotools skimmer? I have that one & buy the baskets in bulk on amazon. I cannot use a sock when there’s alot of debris- breaks it every time 😩