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    Illinois DIY Pool Build 2016

    I've been peeking through some of the threads on this site for a while now.....My husband and I are in week 8 of our DIY Concrete block pool. I was looking for some advice on skimmers. How to correctly fit one? What is the best way to attach the skimmer??

    I have looked at several wide mouth skimmers, I am finding that the depth of the skimmer is sometimes not included in the dimensions. Looking to gather some knowledge from you pool veterans out there!

    Thank you - Brook
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    Re: Illinois DIY Pool Build 2016

    That picture looks familiar.
    I used a Hayward SP10712SFVA. I installed two, in the top layer of block. I then added treated 2x6 on top of the top block layer around the entire pool, which I screwed my aluminum coping into. The depth of the skimmer mouth was perfect to fit on the 2nd layer (from the top) block, 6" depth. I think I had some 'foam' sill seal laying around, I lined the outside of the skimmer mouth with just to give it a snug fit, but once the 2x6 went on top, it wasn't going to move. It fit right between two blocks, about 16" if I remember right.

    At first I wished it had a wider mouth, but now I am quite happy with it,, it has a taller opening so on the prolonged hot days you don't have to refill the pool as often.
    I built a plywood housing behind the skimmer and filled it with concrete. Just make sure you support that gob of concrete, I drilled a couple pieces of rebar into the back of the wall (just above where the plumbing connecgts to the skimmer bottom) for the concrete to adhere to. I haven't had any problems with them. Seem to be of decent quality.

    In-ground block / vinyl liner 33' x 22' x 5',, approx 25k gals
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    Floor drains, 2 skimmers, 3 return lines (2" plumbing ultra-flex PVC)

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    Re: Illinois DIY Pool Build 2016

    A couple of skimmer pics here.

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    Re: Illinois DIY Pool Build 2016

    dw9000,

    Thank you for your information. I just want to clarify. You used this skimmer above ground, but built a concrete "house" around it?

    Brook

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    Re: Illinois DIY Pool Build 2016

    Quote Originally Posted by bdawson View Post
    dw9000,

    Thank you for your information. I just want to clarify. You used this skimmer above ground, but built a concrete "house" around it?

    Brook
    Well the top 'lid' of the skimmer is even with my pool deck. They make an extension neck for that skimmer, I bought so I had a little more room when they poured the concrete deck. In hind site I really didn't need too.
    The top 'of the throat' of the skimmer (that rectangular opening to the pool) was even with the top side of the top layer of block. I wrapped it in seal seal foam, for a tight fit.
    I ran 2x6 around the entire top layer of block and that went right above the skimmer throat and it kept it in place very tightly. I suppose you could run your copping right over it and achieve something similarily if you weren't using 2x6, and when you finish the deck you could backfill with concrete/mortar from behind the top of the skimmer... I just remembered, I also anchored the skimmer into the concrete wall with some tapcons.

    I did sort of like what duraleigh did in his skimmer pictures, I built a plywood structure on the outside of the pool wall and encrusted the entire skimmer (except the top 5" where the pool deck concrete would meet) in concrete,, took a couple 80lb bags. The structure wasn't anything fancy, I did it while I was backfilling with stone. I put 3 pieces of plywood up, and backfilled to keep it in place, then I poured in mixed concrete. I didn't backfill anymore that I had to, just to keep the plywood upright,, and when it dried I peeled the plywood out, and continued backfilling

    Pic before deck (after backfill, skimmer's in place, and coping up)
    https://s32.postimg.org/z61ldt3n9/100_0159.jpg

    Pic after deck
    https://s31.postimg.org/6cwa68mcr/IMG_1411.jpg
    You can buy this skimmer, if you google it, for $70 or so. You could take a couple of your extra blocks (on the side) and see how it would fit, I think it would work for you.
    In-ground block / vinyl liner 33' x 22' x 5',, approx 25k gals
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    Floor drains, 2 skimmers, 3 return lines (2" plumbing ultra-flex PVC)

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    Re: Illinois DIY Pool Build 2016

    This will not be built into a concrete deck, but can be supported as such (my husband is a very skilled carpenter .....Do you think it will still work?

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    Re: Illinois DIY Pool Build 2016

    Sure, you could still case it in concrete for protection and either backfill around it or build a wooden deck or whatever around it.
    In-ground block / vinyl liner 33' x 22' x 5',, approx 25k gals
    Cartridge Filter
    Floor drains, 2 skimmers, 3 return lines (2" plumbing ultra-flex PVC)

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