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    Crack in skimmer housing

    I discovered a crack in the bottom of my skimmer housing. It extends about half-way around the suction opening. I've attached a picture, but the crack is kinda hard to see it is inside the white area. What is the best way to repair it and do I need to drop the water level so it can be dried out? I've decided to empty and refill the pool after getting rid of the iron stains so it could be repaired then if it needs to be dry.
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    Re: Crack in skimmer housing

    There are marine grade epoxies that cure under water.
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    Re: Crack in skimmer housing

    OK, I'll look into that. Does the epoxy need a cover after it is applied to the crack? Would PVC glue work if the area were dried out?
    20' x 40' IG with vinyl liner volume approx. 35,000 gal.1.5 H.P. main pump, Polaris 280 cleaner W/ 3/4 H.P. booster pump
    Hayward sand filter, 3.14 sq ft, 62 gpm. Stenner 45 MPH10 chlorine feed pump. 1 micron final filter bags (home made and very effective)

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    Re: Crack in skimmer housing

    Quote Originally Posted by stev32k
    OK, I'll look into that. Does the epoxy need a cover after it is applied to the crack? Would PVC glue work if the area were dried out?
    I believe PVC glue is designed to simply connect pieces together not fill a gap. Your best bet would be drain down below the crack allow it to dry then use PVC/Plastic weld or marine grade patch.
    I would also want to know why it cracked, ground shift? Any of the concrete in that area cracked as well?
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    Re: Crack in skimmer housing

    I remember seeing this post a few months back.. Maybe this what you need.

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/skimm...ml?hilit=Epoxy
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    Re: Crack in skimmer housing

    Quote Originally Posted by 4knights
    I believe PVC glue is designed to simply connect pieces together not fill a gap. Your best bet would be drain down below the crack allow it to dry then use PVC/Plastic weld or marine grade patch.
    I would also want to know why it cracked, ground shift? Any of the concrete in that area cracked as well?
    The concrete is not cracked, and I can't see any other obvious signs of a problem. So maybe it is ground shift. Would silicone calk would work if the area were dried out and given a light sanding?
    20' x 40' IG with vinyl liner volume approx. 35,000 gal.1.5 H.P. main pump, Polaris 280 cleaner W/ 3/4 H.P. booster pump
    Hayward sand filter, 3.14 sq ft, 62 gpm. Stenner 45 MPH10 chlorine feed pump. 1 micron final filter bags (home made and very effective)

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    Re: Crack in skimmer housing

    I wouldn't use silcone as it would only be a temporary fix. Any hardware, boat service center or big box store would have marine grade plastic epoxy or plastic weld.
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    EasyTouch 4 w/IC20 SWCG, Pentair Whisperflo 1hp, 2 speed 220 pump, Hayward ProGrid 4820 DE filter using Eco Klean instead of DE, 2 Savi Melody 12v 5 color LEDs, Raypack 266k btu millivolt heater, Arctic Armour Mesh custom safety cover (Total self Install) TF-100 test kit w/Magic stir.

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    Re: Crack in skimmer housing

    Quote Originally Posted by 4knights
    I wouldn't use silcone as it would only be a temporary fix. Any hardware, boat service center or big box store would have marine grade plastic epoxy or plastic weld.
    OK, thanks for the info. There are plenty of marine stores around here.
    20' x 40' IG with vinyl liner volume approx. 35,000 gal.1.5 H.P. main pump, Polaris 280 cleaner W/ 3/4 H.P. booster pump
    Hayward sand filter, 3.14 sq ft, 62 gpm. Stenner 45 MPH10 chlorine feed pump. 1 micron final filter bags (home made and very effective)

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