So I have posted here over the past year or two about putting in an inground vs keeping my above ground. The wife and I have made the decision to rebuild the above ground,put a sweet deck around it, and stick with what we have. This raises a question that I am not sure how to deal with.
When I rebuild, I will replace pump, filter, liner, skimmer, return, etc. The only problem is my pool is a Doughboy with their goofy proprietary skimmer. As a result, no other skimmer will fit the existing hole. (This is important because I want to hard plumb when I redo everything). To my knowledge, no DB skimmer allows hard plumbing with out some weird hose adapter that they sell. I would much rather use a skimmer that has a 1 1/2 " threaded opening that I can pipe to it directly.
That said- is it feasible to cover the existing skimmer opening with some sheet aluminum or something when I rebuild the pool (remember I'm getting a new uncut liner too!) and then cut in a new skimmer opening to fit a more generic (hayward) skimmer that I can hard plumb to? If so, how does one go about it? I am figuring I can cut a sheet of steel or aluminum and pop rivet it in to cover the skimmer opening. Is is that simple so long as I take care with any sharp edges?
Aesthetics don't matter so much as the wall will be hidden by deck and you won't see the old opening with the new liner.
Thanks for any and all help!!