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Thread: Hard piping from Intex Skimmer/filter combo

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    Hard piping from Intex Skimmer/filter combo

    I'm setting up my pool for the season and I'm going to hard pipe it. My pool came with the beloved Summer Escapes skimmer/filter/pump combo, but I quickly upgraded to the sand filter, pump and SWCG that they had on sale last year. My issue is finding a way to get rid of the pump that attaches to the bottom of the skimmer and somehow adapt it to accept 1-1/2" PVC.

    Has anyone figured out a way (other than getting a new skimmer, which I may do at some point) to hard pipe these skimmers? I've only seen a couple of people post that they even have them, so I think Summer Escapes figured out it was a bad design..... but hey, when has a that ever stopped them before.

    Thanks in advance for any advice!!!
    16'x32'x52" Intex AGP
    Intex sand filter, Intex SWG

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    Re: Hard piping from Intex Skimmer/filter combo

    Well, I think I've figured out a way to adapt it...... I'll post pics once I get it finished. I'm heading to SLC, Utah for a couple weeks for work so it may be a bit before I get back to it......
    16'x32'x52" Intex AGP
    Intex sand filter, Intex SWG

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    Re: Hard piping from Intex Skimmer/filter combo

    Is that the SFS2000 type skimmer with a pump attached to the bottom? I would really like to see or hear your idea. I am trying to do the same this year.

    I had tried the G.A.M.E. Skim Filter Pump Adapter Kit, but it is for a 1-1/4" or 1-1/2" opening. Of course, there were no specifications available before I wasted money on the purchase.

    Anyway, I am really looking forward to what you have come up with.

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    Re: Hard piping from Intex Skimmer/filter combo

    justopie,

    It is the same skimmer. My plan is to take a 1 1/2" Trap Adapter (it's threaded on one end with a plastic nut) from Lowe's, modify the plastic nut so that it will screw all the way down to the collar and then use a 1 1/4" hole saw to open up the bottom of the skimmer. That way you can insert the adapter from the bottom and use the nut and a gasket to hold it and make the seal. Then it would be easily removable for service or taking the pool down.

    I've thought of a dozen different ways to adapt it, but this one seems to have the best chance for working...... and it's super cheap.
    16'x32'x52" Intex AGP
    Intex sand filter, Intex SWG

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    Re: Hard piping from Intex Skimmer/filter combo

    Thanks. I'll look into it for my system. I'm still looking forward to your finished product.

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    Re: Hard piping from Intex Skimmer/filter combo

    We have the same type of skimmer and need to make this modification as well. Looking forward to seeing how this works for you. pics would be great!

    thanks,
    Julie
    12'x36" / 2100 gal/ AG / Krystal Clear Model 603 filter cartridge pump ( cleans surprisingly well for a $35 pump!)

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    Re: Hard piping from Intex Skimmer/filter combo

    Hayward skimmer kits are pretty cheap. Do these Summer Escapes not use a std pattern?
    Hayward kits come in std and wide mouthed.

    Chuck
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    Re: Hard piping from Intex Skimmer/filter combo

    Chuck,

    The pool I have included the skimmer, which is the SFS2000 type skimmer. I didn't see a reason at the moment on patching the pool wall and then replacing it with a different skimmer. However, it may be cheaper in the long run to do just that. We'll see.

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    Re: Hard piping from Intex Skimmer/filter combo

    Crum..did your modification work? I have the same setup and just went to the sandpump filter also but am waiting for a part from Intex, so any mods I can make while wait would be great. If you can send a pick and what you used would be great.
    13500 gallons
    Intex 2650 Sand filter pump
    AG

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    Re: Hard piping from Intex Skimmer/filter combo

    I cut a hole matched to the size of the adapter fitting using a hole saw. If you look inside the skimmer at the bottom you can see a raised circular ring. I used that to center the hole saw. It worked perfectly, no leaks! However, I also upgraded my pump, so now when I use the pool vacuum, my skimmer collapses in. I'll take pictures of it the skimmer with the vacuum turned on. Eventually I have a feeling the skimmer will eventually crack.

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