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    Default Skimmer basket weights

    As I was cleaning my pool over the weekend, I came up with a brilliant idea. Why not create a weight that would keep the skimmer basket in place when the pump is not running?

    Well, someone stole my idea in May of last year.

    Anyway, the holder of that patent hasn't brought the product to market as near as I can tell, and I am really desperate to keep my skimmer basket in place while the pump is not running. What kinds of things have worked for you folks here in the forums?

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    Default Re: Skimmer basket weights

    It's cheaper and easier to me to just use a broken up brick. I get tons from houses I clean pools for that has contruction going on. Also, there is one brand of simmer basket out there that has a weight already mounted to it. I can't recall it but I seem them every once and a while.
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    IG Pool & Spa...about 15,000 gl and a DE filter w a 2hp Sta-Rite pump.

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    Default Re: Skimmer basket weights

    I just use a couple of my sons large marbles. It keeps the basket with the skimmer socks down just fine.
    Sal

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    Default Re: Skimmer basket weights

    I just use a small rock I found in the garden. Washed it off and put it in. Works great and it was free.

    Brian

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    Default Re: Skimmer basket weights

    There was another thread on this awhile back and 'a rock' was the most popular solution with the caveat to make sure the rock was big enough so it couldn't accidentally fall through the skimmer hole to the pump.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Skimmer basket weights

    They stole my idea to:
    http://www.poolforum.com/pf2/showthread.php?t=2416
    Oh well. I started using a nice smooth river rock. My little girl just loves holding it while we clean the skimmer basket together. The wife doesn't really think our little girl needs to get to comfortable around the June bugs though. Lots of laughs when our little girl carries a few over to mommy. See, not all the fun is inside the pool.
    Last edited by les_smith; 07-13-2006 at 06:14 PM.

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