I'm just about ready to throw in the towel and take an axe to anything Intex.
I have loved my Intex Ultra Frame (16X48) pool and thought I would love it even more with a sand filter. I already had a SWG (copper bars removed) so I bought a 2650 Intex sand filter. All went well with the install until I realized I couldn't take the strainer grid off to clean it if it became clogged. Well that kind of negates the sand filter if nothing can get to the sand.
Hmmm I need a skimmer then.
So, I turned to you guys for advice (long time lurker/reader, only one post, I think). Bought the Hayward skimmer on Amazon, finally found a shut off valve I could actually turn (did I mention I'm a weak female). Got a few other things (pvc pipe, cantex box adapter, some other adapter that I probably didn't even need), thought I had it all figured out.
Bolted the skimmer on the wall (yep, it was hard punching those holes, still haven't cut the liner). Went about assembling the shut off valve, pipe, etc. and realized I never figured out how to connect the Intex hose to the PVC to attach it to the skimmer. I don't want to pipe everything, I just wanted to put in a shut off valve with some pipe and attach to the existing Intex hose. Basically, the skimmer would have PVC, then a shut off valve, then PVC then something and then the Intex hose, which would be connected to the Intex Sand filter. It's the something that I can't figure out.
I have read all of the threads (some multiple times) and still can't figure it out. I'm on the verge of just buying a 1.5 inch hose and using hose clamps to put it on. The way my luck has been going (did I mention the skimmer came in the mail last Wednesday and it's now Monday and I still haven't finished this?) the hose won't fit or they will be sold out. I've been to Home Depot at least three times and Lowes at least three times and even went to two different pool stores just in case they had some magical connector. I can find the plumbing aisles with my eyes closed now and am still no closer to figuring it out than I was almost a week ago.
I promise you I'm not stupid, but with all those pictures that no longer work, I've been trying to wing it and I have had no formal (or informal) plumbing training.
I have four cantex connectors, but no idea what to do with them. I even sanded off the letters on one, but the only idea I had about where it went didn't work.
So I'm turning to you all for help. I can't finish this without you. My next stop is either Lowes or Home Depot to buy a regular 6 foot hose and two hose clamps unless you can tell me how to finish what I started with the other plan. I'm at a loss and need your help.