I am renovating my 30+ something year-old pool, partly by myself, and the rest by a pool builder. I am trying to do as much as I can, but of course we all have our limits, and I think I am nearing my own.
I scoured this site and others, but I have come up empty for a definitive guide in replacing a skimmer in an in-ground pool. Even the supplied instructions with a brand new skimmer has very little to offer regarding the preparation of the pool wall. Any information would be helpful, and I am sure others in the future might benefit from this thread.
As you can see below, I cleared away the original skimmer and its concrete encasement. I rented a jackhammer from Home Depot to bust up the bulk of the concrete. I used a small Bosch 11320VS chipping hammer to finish (by the way, a great tool for around the house.)
I purchased a U-3 skimmer, and from the supplied instructions and other sources (including instructions from other brands), I need to provide about 4” of concrete around the skimmer body. My biggest question right now is: Does the 4" fresh concrete specification extend to the area around the skimmer throat too?
Here’s two pictures of the new skimmer sitting in its place just for conversational purposes (i.e. its not level, etc.)