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    Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    I have read over and over how to install a in wall skimmer in my intex just wondering.
    If it a lot better than the over the wall ones? I use both the over the wall on a separate little filter.
    20'x54" intex ultra Sand filter. with SWG Still work in progress will have Resin 24" fence around the top. Hooked to a 10x6 Deck that is attached to another 10'x6' Kids Club house. Slide from main deck into pool. Intex softwall lights. Kenwood Marine radio sealed in a deck box all Bluetooth controlled with Pyle 5" outdoor speakers.

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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    Yes, you will not regret it
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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    Do I have top keep the water down lower in the pool? I know it will have to be below the seam that goes around the top of the pool but can I just have the water level. Right below the top edge of the skimmer? If that makes since. I don't want to loose much depth in the pool.
    20'x54" intex ultra Sand filter. with SWG Still work in progress will have Resin 24" fence around the top. Hooked to a 10x6 Deck that is attached to another 10'x6' Kids Club house. Slide from main deck into pool. Intex softwall lights. Kenwood Marine radio sealed in a deck box all Bluetooth controlled with Pyle 5" outdoor speakers.

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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    wall skimmers work best half full, but I sometimes have my level close to the top so it is deeper, no problems unless kids splash alot. The waves can push water through the skimmer top opening.
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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    http://https://goo.gl/photos/p2SmsNJvVcfaEJjo6

    Hope you can see the picture, let me know please.
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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by Piolin View Post
    http://https://goo.gl/photos/p2SmsNJvVcfaEJjo6

    Hope you can see the picture, let me know please.
    cant see the pictures, use a site like imgur Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

    here is how I did it... post number 93, i followed the many posts on here on how to accomplish this..
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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    Awesome thanks. I am placing my order this weekend then. Looks like it is a great upgrade. Just scared to cut the liner LOL.
    20'x54" intex ultra Sand filter. with SWG Still work in progress will have Resin 24" fence around the top. Hooked to a 10x6 Deck that is attached to another 10'x6' Kids Club house. Slide from main deck into pool. Intex softwall lights. Kenwood Marine radio sealed in a deck box all Bluetooth controlled with Pyle 5" outdoor speakers.

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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    The soldering iron for the corners worked GREAT, then just a new razor blade nice and slow along the line... Mine has been there a year now, made it through winter with no issues and works perfect now that it is opened again...

    1 Caution, most everyone does this with almost no water in the pool... the vinyl does have major pressure on it when the water is filled (that's why so many screws in the skimmer) Just something to watch
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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    I only drained to just below where I needed to make the cut. Don't worry, it won't tear.



    My thought was that it was better to have the liner fully stretched out when making the cut, versus installing the skimmer and having the hole stretch out when it was filled.

    This is a great upgrade, you won't regret it. You pool will stay much cleaner.
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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    I agree 100% Jeff worth every bit of it
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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    100% worth the effort. I installed the skimmer without removing any of the water. I had a little water escape when I made the screw holes, and I had the bottom of the skimmer capped off before I cut out the square hole. I usually have my water level about 3/4 the way up the skimmer door, so I lost an inch or so in depth.
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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    So which wall skimmer does everyone recommend? I been looking at a few on amazon just not sure which is the easiest to hook into the piping I already have.

    Great info everyone thanks for all the help by the way.
    20'x54" intex ultra Sand filter. with SWG Still work in progress will have Resin 24" fence around the top. Hooked to a 10x6 Deck that is attached to another 10'x6' Kids Club house. Slide from main deck into pool. Intex softwall lights. Kenwood Marine radio sealed in a deck box all Bluetooth controlled with Pyle 5" outdoor speakers.

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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    I used 2 inch PVC in mine to connect everything, are you planning to do this also?
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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    Amazon.com : Hayward SP1091LX Dyna-Skim Above-Ground Pool Skimmer and Accessory Kit : Swimming Pool Skimmers : Patio, Lawn Garden

    It comes with an improved return eyeball and an adapter so that you can use a real pool vac too.

    The only drawback is that it doesn't thread directly to the Intex hoses, so as Casey mentions, you'll have to fashion something to adapt them. I also used a few dollars worth of PVC to make mine. It's easy.
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    Re: Question about in wall skimmer vs over the wall skimmer

    Pool: Intex 16x32 15000 gal, 2 speed 340042, Pentair CC320 Filter, CircuPool SJ45 Salt System, Intermatic PE653RC; Hot Tub: 650 Gal SWG Megachlor
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