Where do you dump skimmer contents?

goody222

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Feb 6, 2018
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Chesapeake, VA
I'm curious to know where everyone dumps their skimmer contents. With an inground pool, just dumping in the grass/flower beds could result in it getting blown right back in. I have a 13 gallon kitchen garbage can that I use, but when it rains the can collects water becoming smelly and heavy. So I have to drag it to a covered area. I tried looking for a small garbage can with a waterproof top but can't find one (placing a flat board on top just gets blown off). Where do you all dump your contents?
 

splashpad

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Aug 2, 2017
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SE Kansas!
We are fortunate to have small yard in this case, it gets walked to the main house personal dumpster.
Is there a "safe" spot off to the side between the pool and where your trash gets collected before being hauled off, that you can keep that (a) trash can?

I've seen a few post that use the metal trash cans outside (weight & heavier lids)
 

goody222

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Feb 6, 2018
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Chesapeake, VA
yeah, the metal trash cans just don't look as nice. We are on a cul-de-sac, so our backyard is not very deep but very wide and more of a pain to get to the garbage cans. Almost forgot about the pole skimmer also that we need to dump.
 

splashpad

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Aug 2, 2017
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yeah, the metal trash cans just don't look as nice. We are on a cul-de-sac, so our backyard is not very deep but very wide and more of a pain to get to the garbage cans. Almost forgot about the pole skimmer also that we need to dump.
This is only 7gal, but something like this? Hefty 7-Gal Textured Step-On Trash Can with Lid Lock and Bottom Cap, Multiple Colors - Walmart.com
or this one iTouchless Stainless Steel 13 Gallon Motion Sensor Trash Can - Walmart.com
 

Arizonarob

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I use hairnets on my skimmer, so I simply just toss it in the trash can we have on the patio. The bigger stuff from netting, goes in a 30 gallon black can I keep on the side of my house.
 

gonfishin

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Jun 13, 2017
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Rochester, MN
I use hairnets in the skimmer and have started tossing them in the trash. Used to keep an old plastic bucket near by and would dump into it. The contents from the bucket would go to the mulch pile to get mixed in with grass clippings and such.
 

bmoreswim

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Also hair nets in the trash and raked material behind the nearest bush in the mulched area.
 

goody222

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Feb 6, 2018
101
Chesapeake, VA
Hair nets are a great idea. Doesn't help much with pole skimming during pollen/tree shedding season though.

Splashpad, love that 7 gallon step on with lid lock. I'm going to check that one out!
 

crusemm

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Sep 1, 2011
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North Texas
Alternatively, you could put some drain holes in the bottom of the can. I've got a rolling trash can that the lid doesn't sit on very well, and when we had storms it would fill up with water. I put a couple of 1/2 inch holes in the bottom, and now it just runs straight through.
 
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goody222

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Feb 6, 2018
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Chesapeake, VA
Great idea!! Maybe even put some screening material at the bottom to keep small particles from escaping. I just can't let it get too full where it would start to compost and smell.
 
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