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    Default Re: PoolSkim is great!

    Does anyone who has one use a solar cover? I simply want to know if it will damage the Pool Skim to have the solar cover pulled over it when the pool isn't in use.
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    Default Re: PoolSkim is great!

    From my very brief experience of just this afternoon, you can put a solar cover over it but you probably couldn't run your pump because I think a part of the cover would get sucked into the vortex.

    However, you could cut a small 6 inch circle out of your cover to leave the PoolSkim uncovered. Then again, since the solar cover lies on the water, I don't know how effective the PoolSkim would be.

    Love mine. Well, ok. Loved it, past tense, for about 30 seconds. That's how long it took one of the dogs to decide it was a fetch toy. He leaned over the edge to grab the hat, overbalanced, fell in. Fell on top of the device. BLAM! Pieces of PoolSkim everywhere. Ask me if I'm glad I didn't glue it all together.

    No harm done. I fished the various elbows and such off the bottom and reconnected it. Next time the dog came near it I smacked him in the head. He hasn't looked at it since. And then I watched it suck dog hair off the surface. Really, too cool!
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    Default Re: PoolSkim is great!

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    Default Re: PoolSkim is great!

    I've considered the PoolSkim and also liked the look of the PoolDevil skimmer. Similar type of device. Has anyone out there tried the PoolDevil? It's only $30. See Pooldevil.com
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    Default Re: PoolSkim is great!

    It doesnt affect the poolskim at all to just cover right over it. It does pull on the solar cover but very lightly and does no damage to either cover or skim.

    The nature of how the pool-skim works there isnt anything to break or "hurt" by blocking it. The water just shoots out the bag as normal.

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    Default Re: What happened to the PoolSkim?

    I read the great reviews and decided to take the plunge but all the websites advertizing the PoolSkim no longer have any to sell.

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    Default Re: PoolSkim is great!

    Ya you need to order directly from them. Its weird that such a popular product isnt better distributed but I got through immediately and they were very easy to order from.


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    Default Re: PoolSkim is great!

    Sumo1, I have the PoolDevil and love it. It is quite similar to the poolskim, but the thing creating the vortex is shaped differently. Priced a little bit lower. I only really get it out in the fall (about this time of year)...I planted some large hardy pampas grass next to the pool, and it starts to seed about now. Hence, very tiny grass seed blows into the pool, too small to be picked up with even a fine net. So the skimmer sock works just great. I do put my solar cover over it and it doesn't seem to hurt it, but the action is greatly diminished without freely flowing water to skim.
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    Default Re: PoolSkim is great!

    I have to say what is the advantage of this over just having our skimmer collect the leaves and pollen?

    the pump still has to run either way. I think I am missing the point.

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    Default Re: PoolSkim is great!

    In my case, the pool builder (built before I owned the house) didn't take into account the prevailing winds and placed the skimmer at the windward end. Consequently when it blows, all the debris collects at the opposite end. Fortuitously there's a return jet there, and so that's where the Poolskim goes as well amd greatly helps.

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