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Thread: Skimmer face plate rusty screws

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    Skimmer face plate rusty screws

    Pool installed a month ago , installer stated skimmer faceplate came with screws too long . He went to Home depot and bought correct length screws. Well, maybe he should have bought stainless steel screws ??

    The screws are rusting and its only been a month. He is supposed to come back in the fall when I lower the water level below the skimmer to replace a gasket that is causing a small leak.
    Are these rusty screws ok to leave until that time and have him replace them then ?
    I am going to call him tomorrow and let him know.
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    TravisD's Avatar
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    Jul 2009
    Tampa, FL

    Re: Skimmer face plate rusty screws

    Yes he should have used stainless steel screws. I think you are doing the right thing by calling him sooner. I know I would. Rust is not good. I would call him out immediately.
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    Re: Skimmer face plate rusty screws

    The rust will bleed into the face plate and if they are rusting in behind the plate - it will get onto the steel where it protrudes through the factory holes and can cause premature rust in them. I would be exchanging them for SS screws right away - you do not need to lower the level to replace them - just do it 1 at a time.
    I also wouldn't wait on something that is such a tiny problem - just take a screw from the top with you to HD so you can size it up and buy them yourself.....

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    Freehold NJ

    Re: Skimmer face plate rusty screws

    I know this is an old post, but how is it you dont need to lower the water to replace the screws? doesn't water get in the hole while the screw is out?

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    Montville NJ

    Re: Skimmer face plate rusty screws

    yeah, some water will get into the hole - but it is not like it is going anywhere. Your pool is not going to drain down. I take half of my skimmer screws out ever spring and fall when I winterize and open because I use a screw on skimmer plate. The only thing you have to make sure is not to drop them into the pool, because you really don't want to drag around with a leaf net to try and get a screw out, and that water can get mighty cold, but in you go to get the screw.

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