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    New Pool Deck - Now the Skimmers are Too Low

    First post my friends. Great website. I added a new travertine tile pool deck and coping on top of my ugly old pebble deck. Looks awesome. However, the level of the coping went up 1-1/4" to 1-1/2". Then had to raise the pool tile and re-plaster. The travertine itself is not all that thick, but the with the thickness of the cement material used to put it down plus allowing from the correct sloping for drainage all contributed to everything being raised at the end of the day. Also had to raise the overflow drain to raise the water level on the tile.

    My issue is that we could not raise the skimmers according to the pool construction company as they are cemented in the gunite and have rebar over the top of them between the basket and pool edge. Well I suppose I could have them raised, but it sounds like a major messy project of hammering them out of the concrete, cutting rebar, raising the plumbing, concreting them back in, etc. and more dinero. So, consequently, the throat opening between the water level and top of the skimmers is reduced. Also, the skimmer basket is now too deep in the skimmer below the water level so the trash does not get pulled down into the basket, just floats on top. The easy solution is to keep the water level lower, but to do any good, I'll have to keep it just above the bottom of the 6" pool tile. Was wondering if I could put some small blocks or something about an 1" to 1-1/2" at the bottom of the skimmers for the skimmer baskets to sit on to raise them?

    Also worried about what will happen in the fall when the leaves drop. I'm afraid that they will just pile up in front of the skimmers and not move into the baskets. If anyone has any suggestions, would love to hear them.

    Thanks!

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    Re: New Pool Deck - Now the Skimmers are Too Low

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    I think the best solution would have been to not raise the time and just have a thicker coping (or an extra row of tile at the top) and just left the water level where it was. It is not easy to raise the skimmer. But, that is all in the past.

    You can not raise the basket, because then the debris could go around it and into the pump.

    Can you divert more suction to the skimmer?

    I still think you may need to just keep the water a little lower.
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    Re: New Pool Deck - Now the Skimmers are Too Low

    Welcome to TFP!

    That is a conundrum that I've never seen before. I do agree that to raise the skimmers would have been a huge amount of work.
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    Re: New Pool Deck - Now the Skimmers are Too Low

    I have never used one but based on your description a skimm doctor might work
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    Re: New Pool Deck - Now the Skimmers are Too Low

    I believe that Skim Doctor just might be the ticket. Checked out their website. Pretty ingenious gadget. Thanks Atttech -2 for the tip!

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    Re: New Pool Deck - Now the Skimmers are Too Low

    Nice work atttech-2!
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    Re: New Pool Deck - Now the Skimmers are Too Low

    I have been using the skim doctor for 2 years now and I love it. I see there is a .2 version now which make it easier to empty.

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    Re: New Pool Deck - Now the Skimmers are Too Low

    And TFP is in for the win again! NICE job!

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