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    Haywood Skimmer Installation...and questions

    I have a 9x18 Bestway / Intex Costco Pool.

    I'm upgrading this year.... I have questions about the skimmer and placement.

    Sorry for the sideways pic....I was thinking it should be higher, rather than centered, like pic2. Mainly because the hole area is reinforced and this would leave more of the reinforcement area at the bottom, where the weight will be disbursed....but I'm not certain....I'm hoping that someone that has installed this can chime in and provide a suggestion or 2.

    Skimmer Centered.jpg

    Skimmer High.jpg

    Thanks!
    Costco Bestway AG Pool 9x18x4. (Installed July 2015) 4500 gallons
    Intex 2800 GPH Pump & Sand filter
    TF 100 Test Kit
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    Re: Haywood Skimmer Installation...and questions

    I picked a spot for my skimmer about 24 inches away from my closest precut opening and made a new hole. The spot is not reinforced, and the liner has been ok. To lose the least depth, put the skimmer as high up the pool wall as you can.

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    Remember the skimmers work best when the water line is halfway up the skimmer's mouth.
    Intex 22' X 52" Ultra Frame AGP ( 12K gallons) , Intex 633T 2500 GPH (41 GPM) running Doughboy Silica II sand filter (16"dia. 1.4 ' S.A.) ( And doing it quite well, I might add!) Hayward through the wall skimmer, TF100 with Speed Stir. Hard plumbed, Intex fountain ...........

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    Re: Haywood Skimmer Installation...and questions

    I did the same as philc said last year with my Intex I had. I made a new opening and had the lower OE opening tied into my suction line. Using a y fitting. I had a ball valve which I used to limit the amount the OE below surface inlet fed the filter. My reasoning was once something was no longer a floater the below surface inlet might catch some of it before it ended up on the bottom. You'd be surprised how much hair, leaf debris, and bugs the lower one caught. I put my skimmer up where the top of the inside ring was just below the factory seam. like stated, the water level will be about midway on skimmer.
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    Re: Haywood Skimmer Installation...and questions

    Whoa, you should NOT put it down there! You will lose half the depth of your pool! There are tens of threads and hundreds of pictures in this forum showing how to do this. Spend some time searching and learning before you make the cut. You should put the skimmer as high as possible, never mind the existing holes.
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    Re: Haywood Skimmer Installation...and questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickelin View Post
    Whoa, you should NOT put it down there! You will lose half the depth of your pool! There are tens of threads and hundreds of pictures in this forum showing how to do this. Spend some time searching and learning before you make the cut. You should put the skimmer as high as possible, never mind the existing holes.
    Absolutely, it needs to be as high as possible on the wall.
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    Re: Haywood Skimmer Installation...and questions

    Thanks all!
    Not certain why I didn't get email responses, but I did install it as high as possible on the existing hole. I didn't lose much depth...maybe an inch. I found that due to the bowing of the pool, I have to keep the water quite filled anyway, so it worked out. I'll get pics soon.

    In the meantime, I've also upgraded to the 2800gph pump and Intex vacuum.

    I ordered the parts to hard plumb my new upgrades.
    Costco Bestway AG Pool 9x18x4. (Installed July 2015) 4500 gallons
    Intex 2800 GPH Pump & Sand filter
    TF 100 Test Kit
    335 Gallon Jacuzzi

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