POOLSKIM INSTALLATION & TIPS
PoolSkim Installation Video
The PoolSkim connects to a standard 1&1/2 inch threaded return jet -- where the water flows back into your pool.
This PoolSkim installation video includes tips for straight pipe returns and eyeball fittings.
Step by Step Instructions
Turn off the pump.
Locate the return jet located on the side of your pool -- where the water flows back into your pool.
Unscrew the ring nut and then remove the ring and ball.
A fitting for a standard 1&1/2 inch male or female threaded return is included with every PoolSkim.
Screw the PoolSkim insert fitting (male or female) onto the return jet as firmly as possible.
Important! If your return jet is a straight pipe (unthreaded), then you will need an adapter
that will connect to the PoolSkim. Scroll down for additional information under "PoolSkim Tips"
Connect the PoolSkim elbow from the body of the PoolSkim to the connecting ring nut, o-ring and stub.
See above picture to view elbow placements for various pool inlet (outflow return jet) locations.
Use the stainless steel screws to fasten the connections.
Attach the clip-on bag to the outlet of the body of the PoolSkim.
Attach the combination of stub, connecting ring nut, elbow, clip-on bag and body to your pool return jet
by screwing on the connecting ring nut. Align the PoolSkim so that it is correctly positioned.
The body of the unit should be approximately 2-2.5 inches (5-6 cm) below the water level.
Next, tighten the screws and the connecting ring nut.
Place the floating hat in the body of the PoolSkim with the large hole at the side of the hat
facing the clip-on bag. Turn on the pump. Water should start flowing into the floating hat.
The PoolSkim will then begin skimming floating debris into the floating hat and collected in the clip-on bag.
Ensure that the PoolSkim is fully secured by firmly screwing on all connections.
Install the PoolSkim so the that the body of the unit is always approximately 2-2.5 inches (5-6 cm) under the water level.
Assure that the floating hat is correctly inserted into the body of the PoolSkim -- the large hole at the side of the floating hat must face the clip-on bag in order for the PoolSkim to create a venturi that effectively draws floating debris.
Direct the PoolSkim to induce a flow around the pool to bring all floating debris to the PoolSkim and to minimize dead spots where debris can accumulate. Normally, the flow is parallel to the wall; however, if your return jet is near a corner, you may need to point the PoolSkim away from the wall at a 45 degree angle to ensure an effective flow.
Maximize the skimming effect by ensuring that your pump basket is clean.
If you have a second or third return jet into the pool, this flow from these returns can be reduced by using the supplied aimflow plates. For pools that have more than three return jets, additional aimflow plates may be needed -- email firstname.lastname@example.org and state the number of total return jets in your pool.
As an alternative to using the aimflow plate(s), some PoolSkim users have successfully used "slotted" return jets instead of the eyeball types. Trouble Free Pool forum has detailed suggestions for these directional jets at http://www.troublefreepool.com/poolskim-review-t37058.html.
In order to prevent your Automatic Pool Cleaner hose from floating over the PoolSkim, use the supplied BUMPER. Separate the BUMPER, then insert the smaller blue knob from the bottom of the rim of the floating hat into the larger knob from the top, using a hole furthest away from the pool wall.
If the Automatic Pool Cleaner is getting stuck on the PoolSkim, then either change the direction of the PoolSkim or adjust your Automatic Pool Cleaner by moving the hose weight.
Every PoolSkim includes a fitting for a industry standard 1&1/2" threaded return jet.
For other threaded returns, contact email@example.com or click fittings.
Important! If your return jet is a 1&1/2 inch unthreaded straight pipe, then you will need an adapter that will connect to the PoolSkim. These fittings work well with the PoolSkim. Click the links below for details:
Polaris 1&1/2 inch Stub Pipe Connection Kit - 9-100-8003
If your return jet is not 1&1/2 inches (either threaded or straight pipe),
The Circulator Company has reasonable cost adapters that will fit the PoolSkim.
Contact Wes @ 561-208-6535 or email info@poolskimusa for questions.
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