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Old 09-16-2008, 11:58 PM   #1
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Argh! I hate equipment failures!!

Alright….here I’ve been waiting with GREAT anticipation for my skimmer. Finally, I see the man in brown trotting down my driveway. I stand at the door with my box knife ready…..I yank the box out of his hands and run with it. Drooling like a dog with a ripe bone, I wield my box knife like a samurai. The joyous task of opening the ‘octopus’ box is finally here!!! Styrofoam peanuts flying everywhere!! The new acrylic plastic smell permeates the room. In a fit of confidence I throw the instructions aside. “Instructions!? I don’t need no stinkin’ instructions!!” On the floor, surrounded my boxes and plastic I begin the laborious task of assembling the skimmer. 30 seconds later it is complete. I bask in its shiny glory. Now it’s time for “Carol the Contortionist” to emerge. Resembling the people on the front of the Twister box, I finally fit the skimmer in the sump.

Now, for you folks that have watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation you can get a great visual for the next step (remember when Clark is plugging in the Christmas lights?)……

<Insert Drum Roll Here> With arms stretched over my head I plug in the skimmer. I listen in great anticipation for the gurgling noise. No noise……well, I’m sure it hasn’t had enough time to ……… what??? The tapestry of obscenities begins. :censor:

Needless to say….the skimmer doesn’t work. The pump has a grinding noise so I think it’s a fair assumption to say that it’s la ‘mort.


WWWWWAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!

I want it now now now now now!!!
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Take a deep inhale...then blow into the airline that's attached to the pump. It will start.
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LOL! What a great narrative!
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:42 PM   #4
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I contacted the manufacturer today and they said to mail it back to them and they'd repair it and send it back.

Now, tell me what is wrong with this picture??? I just bought a new skimmer and it doesn't work so I get to pay even more to ship back a defective part?

I need some M&M's
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Did you try blowing in it? Seriously, that more than likely would have started it, and if it didn't, the impeller might have just needed to be reset.
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I've got time so what the heck I'll give it a whirl.....

I don't know what that caused but it's working now!

Great! Thank you!
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Basically what happens (Readers Digest version) is there is water pressure on the pump and blowing inside the pump removes the pressure and lets the impeller start spinning.
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Take a deep inhale...then blow into the airline that's attached to the pump. It will start.
I wish that would fix all things.

Ahhhh! My car won't start....
Take a deep inhale...then blow into the exhaust pipe. It will start.

Life would be so much easier...pass me some M&Ms please.
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I wish that would fix all things.

Ahhhh! My car won't start....
Take a deep inhale...then blow into the exhaust pipe. It will start.

Life would be so much easier...pass me some M&Ms please.
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My internet is down!
Take a deep inhale...then blow into the network cable. It will start.
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I`m going to move this to General hardware and equipment discussion. Since Larry had the answer. Someone might be able to use this info in the future. Good call Larry.
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