Just bought a house in Miami with an in-ground pool under a screen enclosure... it's been well-maintained and works fine, but probably pretty old. The weird thing is that it doesn't have a proper skimmer assembly... just an opening (like what a skimmer assembly would have) about 4.5"tall x 6.5" wide at water level leading to a round area (with your typical plastic cover) that's about 7" in diameter at the bottom and very shallow--the pipe opening leading to the pump is maybe just 4-5 inches below water level--not enough room for the kinds of baskets I'm used to seeing (and no unit that a basket would fit snugly into). While the architecture is reminiscent of a skimmer assembly, I don't use that term because this whole area has no plastic lining like what you see in a normal skimmer kit... it just has the same finish as the rest of the pool.
I don't have the budget to turn this into a huge project, but my instinct is to address two issues:
a) somehow put in a weir door to create a proper skimming action, except there's nothing in the side walls of the opening that it could securely attach to... and the opening is smaller than most weir doors I've seen
b) put some kind of a filter to prevent debris from entering the pump (though the screen enclosure keeps this from being a daily danger), but like I said, a normal basket wouldn't fit
I don't have a picture right now, but I can try to take a couple later on. Any advice on this situation?
Thanks in advance!