Hi folks - I have purchased a Hayward Skimmer for my 18' x 52" Intex Ultra round pool. While there are several threads that provide specific installation instructions, there isn't too much on where to actually locate the skimmer for best perfomance. From pictures posted on various threads on this site, it seems that most folks install the skimmer between the existing intake and return; although a few folks have installed it a few panels further away from the return jet.
As you can see in the below pic, my return jet (left of pump) and intake (right of pump) are positioned with 1 "clear" panel between them. Water circulates clockwise as viewed from the perspective in the picture.
Additionally, I'm thinking of upgrading my current 1600 gph pump/.5 hp to a more powerfull pump next summer (Intex 3000 gph ?), and I am considering converting the existing intake to a dedicated vacuum port.
So, is there an optimal location to mount the skimmer for best perfomance given my set up?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated; I want to get this right the first time.