You’ve got everything you need for a barbeque. You’ve got friends coming over soon, the charcoal is on, so you open up the pool, and it’s a mess! There are leaves, grass, and other trimmings strewn along the bottom and the surface is a virtual graveyard of bugs. It’s not a good look. Fortunately, with a pool skimmer, you can clean everything with just a few passes, and protect your pool pump in the process. Some skimmers do all the work for you, while others require more elbow-grease. But if you pay attention to a skimmer’s construction and materials before you buy, you can make things easier on yourself. Here are a few thoughts on how to pick your next skimmer.