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Anthony Baskovitz NO RESTRICTION SKIMMER BASKET WEIGHT FIELD OF THE INVENTION The invention relates to a devise for preventing

a skimmer basket from floating and tipping over inside the skimmer well. More importantly this invention does not add to water flow restriction and thus increasing basket holding capacity, reducing basket stress and increasing basket life span. BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Most modern swimming pools utilize circulation and filtration systems to clean the mater therein. One component of the filtration is a skimmer which is generally designed to skim debris from the surface of the pool. A skimmer is a relatively simple structure which involves a skimmer well positioned adjacent to the pool with the top of the well lying slightly below the normal water level of the pool. There is then a waterway between the skimmer well wall and the pool wall which allows the upper surface of the pool water to enter the area above the top of the well. At the bottom of the skimmer well is an opening through which water in the skimmer well is drawn by a vacuum pump through a filtering system, then is returned to the pool after filtration. In normal operation, items floating on the top of the water are pulled into the skimmer well with the water. To capture these objects and prevent them from going into the pump, or into later finer filters, the skimmer well generally includes a skimmer basket, which is essentially a perforated insert or strainer sized to fit in the well. The skimmer basket is made of plastic, which traps leaves or other items which flow into the skimmer well. Because of the skimmer baskets shape, its usual plastic construction, and the contents it may capture during filtration, the skimmer basket is somewhat buoyant. In operation, the vacuum pump is pulling from the base of the skimmer well, and the skimmer basket is held in place by the vacuum created. Usually, for a private pool one only needs to circulate the pool water for a few hours a day to maintain water quality. When not in circulation the pump is shut off. Even for a large and public pool, the pump usually is shut off in the night to conserve electricity. In other instances, the pump may be shut off to allow the user to remove a clogged skimmer basket as trying to remove a clogged basket against the vacuum pumps pull can be difficult. Because of it natural buoyancy, when the pump is shut off the basket can float up out of the well. This can lead to numerous problems. For one, debris can get trapped within the well by flowing under the skimmer basket as it is floating. Secondly, the skimmer basket can tip over while floating and deposit its contents back into the pool, defeating the skimmer baskets primary purpose of removing the debris from the pool. To prevent these events from occurring some skimmer basket manufacturers have attached different types of weights to the inside bottom of the skimmer basket. These weights do hold down the basket but they also add to basket stress by reducing the available area to allow water passage through the skimmer basket. The reduced passage causes an increase in pull pressure from the pool vacuum pump on the skimmer basket and also reduces the pull pressure from the skimmer well to the pool. When debris accumulate in the basket they too restrict water flow, adding to flow restriction,

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Anthony Baskovitz vacuum pull pressure, and basket stress, the likelihood of skimmer basket malfunction in the form of a basket rupture, filtration clog, and or pump motor burnout and increased. As described above, it is apparent that there is a need for a device which retains the skimmer basket in the skimmer well, an improved skimmer basket which can self-retain in the skimmer well without floating when the pool pump is off, and one that does not place a weighting system at the bottom of the basket, which in turn increases basket stress, likelihood of malfunction, and reduced functionality of the filtration system. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The skimmer basket weight comprises a heavy material having a density greater than 1.0 g/cm3, being coated with a water proof coating. The skimmer basket weight is configured to have a circular outer periphery with a hollow opening in a ring like fashion. The circular inner periphery has a diameter substantially matching an outer diameter of the skimmer basket rim at the top of a skimmer basket. The weight may be attached or affixed to the upper portion of the skimmer basket, specifically on top, below, and or inside the skimmer baskets upper rim or lip. The weight may be attached internally inside the skimmer baskets upper rim or lip through the manufacturing process by setting or molding the weight into the basket upper rim or lip. The weight may also be attached through the manufacturing process by setting or molding it to the topside or bottom side of the skimmer basket upper rim or lip. And furthermore the weight may be attached to baskets upper rim or lip by means of place ties. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a depiction of an embodiment of the no restriction skimmer basket weight. FIG. 2 is a 3 dimensional view of the invention attached to bottom side of a skimmer basket. FIG. 3 is a vertical axial cutaway view showing the weight of FIG. 1 in an embodiment of a skimmer basket of FIG. 2 in one embodiment of a skimmer well. FIG. 4 is a vertical axial cutaway view showing the invention of FIG. 1 placed inside the upper rim or lip of a skimmer basket and attached to the lip internally enclosing it with in the material of the basket FIG. 5 is a vertical axial cutaway view showing the invention of FIG. 1 placed under the upper rim or lip of a skimmer basket and attached by ties FIG. 6 is a vertical axial cutaway view showing the invention of FIG. 1 placed on top of the upper rim or lip of a skimmer basket and attached by ties DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION The present invention (101) provides a skimmer basket weight (101) which is to be used to hold the skimmer basket (201) down and in place in a pools skimmer well (303), when the filtration pump (302) is turned off to prevent the skimmer basket (201) from floating up and causing the contents to spill. When a pools filtration pump (302) is turned on it pulls water (304) and refuse from the top of the pool into the skimmer well (303), through the skimmer basket (201), and into the filtration system. The invention (101) reduces the stress experienced by the skimmer basket (201) in the form of

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Anthony Baskovitz filtration pump (302) suction stress (301) caused by flow restriction. Flow restriction is caused naturally when debris fill the skimmer basket (201) but can be caused unnaturally by skimmer basket weighting systems that are applied to the bottom of skimmer basket. The bottom affixed skimmer basket weighting systems reduce the amount of passable water (304) flow that may be pulled through the skimmer basket (201) at any given time. The reduction in water (304) flow causes increased pulling suction stress (301) on the skimmer basket (201) and filtration pump (302). The stress level is multiplied every time more debris is collected by the basket. The increased stress on these components decreases their lifespan and increases the probability of malfunction. The present invention (101) allows for natural pump suction stress (301) and flow restriction. With the use of the invention (101) the skimmer baskets (201) life span, holding capacity, and overall functionality are increased as well as that of the filtration pump (302) motor and filtration system. The invention (101) is intended for placement in or on or under a skimmer baskets upper rim or lip (203). The dimensions of the invention (101) are dependent on the circumference and diameter of the before mentioned placement areas on the skimmer basket (201). Different skimmer basket weight (101) sizes will be needed for different size skimmer baskets (201). The invention (101) may be of any material that holds a weight having a density greater than 1.0 g/cm3, is not corrosive or reactive with its environment of use, and or may be a material that can be coated with a water resistant protective coating to eliminate any reaction with its environment of use. The invention (101) is symmetrical, circular, and ring like in design except for in use that may otherwise be stated. The invention (101) may be placed internally inside the skimmer baskets (201) upper rim or lip (203), it may be placed as a weighted, symmetrical, circular, and ring like design and then sealed within the skimmer baskets upper rim or lip (203). In a different embodiment of internal placement the skimmer baskets (201) upper rim or lip (203) may be compartmentalized and filled with a material such as sand, concrete, or stone and then sealed. In another embodiment the invention (101) may be placed internally inside the skimmer baskets (201) upper rim or lip (203), in the form of distance spaced weighted fragment material. If the invention (101) is to be place and attached above or below the skimmer baskets (201) upper rim or lip (203), it may be placed as a weighted, symmetrical, circular, and ring like design in the form of a cylindrical or squared formation. The invention (101) may be attached and secured to the skimmer basket (201) by mean of a noncorrosive ties or clips (202) or by a skimmer basket latch (202) designed specifically to hold said invention. What is claimed is: 1. A skimmer basket weight comprising a heavy material having a density greater than 1.0 g/cm3. A skimmer basket weight which can be used to hold the skimmer basket in place within the pools skimmer well when the filtration pump is turned off to prevent the basket from floating. 2. The skimmer basket weight of claim 1 wherein the dimensions of the weight are dependent on the circumference and

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Anthony Baskovitz diameter of the intended skimmer basket upper lip or rim. The skimmer basket weight of claim 2 is of a heavy material selected from a group consisting of materials that are noncorrosive or reactive with the environment of use. The skimmer basket weight of claim 3 is a heavy material that if needed may be coated with a water resistant protective coating to eliminate any reaction or malfunction with its environment of use. The skimmer basket weight of claim 4 may be placed internally inside the skimmer baskets upper rim or lip. The skimmer basket weight of claim 5 may be placed internally inside the skimmer baskets upper rim or lip in the form of distance spaced weighted fragment material. The skimmer basket weight of claim 6 may take the form a compartmentalization in the skimmer baskets lip or rim where the compartments are filled with a heavy material, like sand, stone, or concrete and then sealed. The skimmer basket weight of claim 4 may be place and attached above or below the skimmer baskets upper rim or lip, the weight may be a cylindrical or squared ring, symmetrical, and circular like design. The skimmer basket weight of claim 8 may be attached and secured to the skimmer basket by mean of a noncorrosive ties or clips and or by a skimmer basket latch designed specifically to hold said weight. 10. The skimmer basket weight of claim 7 and 9 allows for a skimmer basket weighting system that does not aid in water flow restriction in pool filtration process. 11. The skimmer basket weight of claim 10 allows for reduced suction stress on skimmer basket from pools filtration pump. 12. The skimmer basket weight of claim 11 increases the waste and refuse holding capacity of the skimmer basket. 13. The skimmer basket weight of claim 12 increases the skimmer baskets lifespan and total operational ability. 14. The skimmer basket weight of claim 13 increases the pool filtration pumps lifespan by reducing stress on motor 15. The skimmer basket weight of claim 14 reduces power use by pool filtration pump. 16. The skimmer basket weight of claim 13 increases pool filtration pumps lifespan by reducing the risk of skimmer basket structure breach that could cause pump motor malfunction. 17. The skimmer basket weight of claim 15 and 16 increase overall functionality of pool filtration system. 18. A skimmer basket assembly comprising: (a) A skimmer basket (b) A skimmer basket weight of claim 17 (c) A set of noncorrosive clips or ties to fasten weight to skimmer basket lip or rim if weight is not internally fastened to skimmer baskets lip or rim.

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