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    Best location to install skimmer/Intex Ultra Frame

    After assembling and filling our new 18' Intex Ultra Frame I was hoping to use the old over-the-wall Intex skimmer for a while, but I managed to break the arm of the skimmer and it can't be repaired longterm. I guess going with a through-the-wall skimmer got put on the front burner. I'm probably going to go with the Hayward SP1091LX but I want advice on the best location. I have posted a diagram of the pool below, with the green lines representing the sections that are an option and the red lines not an option (future deck location).

    The current Intex inlet (LH side, water flowing into pool) and outlet (RH side, water flowing out to pump) are marked. Let's also assume that hypothetically I may have a high side and a low side to the pool, no more than an inch or so difference in the height of the water, due to the frame being not perfectly level. Not a problem whatsoever but still perhaps a factor in the decision. The prevailing wind, if there even is one, would be from the west/southwest blowing around the corner of the house to the north/northeast.

    Right now I'm leaning toward the section on the due-north side (the "low" side) and running a flexible PVC back to the new Hayward pump when I get ready to set it up. I'm also considering re-plumbing the inlet to become a second outlet, along with the new skimmer, and running the inlet to the RH side hole (the former outlet) to become the new inlet. Does any of this make sense? Hope it does and some of you have some helpful insights. Thanks.
    18'x4' AG Intex Ultra Frame, 6,700 gal., assembled new 2013; Mods: Hayward EC50C90 Perflex filter & 1 h.p. PowerFlo Matrix pump, Fiber Clear cellulose D.E. substitute, Hayward H100ID1 100,000 BTU NG heater, a pair of 2'x20' Sungrabber solar heaters via the original Intex 635T pump, grey Hydro Tools through-the-wall skimmer, Confer steps/ladder system & Cover Free chemical pool cover. The Summer of Mods!

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    Re: Best location to install skimmer/Intex Ultra Frame

    No one has any suggestions or comments for me? I must have all the answers! Good luck.
    18'x4' AG Intex Ultra Frame, 6,700 gal., assembled new 2013; Mods: Hayward EC50C90 Perflex filter & 1 h.p. PowerFlo Matrix pump, Fiber Clear cellulose D.E. substitute, Hayward H100ID1 100,000 BTU NG heater, a pair of 2'x20' Sungrabber solar heaters via the original Intex 635T pump, grey Hydro Tools through-the-wall skimmer, Confer steps/ladder system & Cover Free chemical pool cover. The Summer of Mods!

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    Re: Best location to install skimmer/Intex Ultra Frame

    Why wouldn't you pot the skimmer under the deck? It wouldn't be a problem for you to have an access hatch in the deck.

    Unless your deck height will be below the waterline of the pool, that is. Even then, it would still be doable, just more of a pain.
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

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    Re: Best location to install skimmer/Intex Ultra Frame

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie_R

    Unless your deck height will be below the waterline of the pool, that is. Even then, it would still be doable, just more of a pain.
    Bingo. I'm just trying to keep things as uncomplicated as possible, and cluttering up the deck area with a skimmer doesn't fit that description. I'm wondering if anyone has both a TTW skimmer and the PoolSkim. Do they compliment each other or work against one another?
    18'x4' AG Intex Ultra Frame, 6,700 gal., assembled new 2013; Mods: Hayward EC50C90 Perflex filter & 1 h.p. PowerFlo Matrix pump, Fiber Clear cellulose D.E. substitute, Hayward H100ID1 100,000 BTU NG heater, a pair of 2'x20' Sungrabber solar heaters via the original Intex 635T pump, grey Hydro Tools through-the-wall skimmer, Confer steps/ladder system & Cover Free chemical pool cover. The Summer of Mods!

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    Re: Best location to install skimmer/Intex Ultra Frame

    I would guess that they would work together. Granted yours is only an 18', but I've seen 24' and 30' with 2 TTW skimmers Both pools were unavoidably near trees, so probably needed two skimmers to keep the floaties to a dull roar.
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

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    Re: Best location to install skimmer/Intex Ultra Frame

    Thanks for your input!
    18'x4' AG Intex Ultra Frame, 6,700 gal., assembled new 2013; Mods: Hayward EC50C90 Perflex filter & 1 h.p. PowerFlo Matrix pump, Fiber Clear cellulose D.E. substitute, Hayward H100ID1 100,000 BTU NG heater, a pair of 2'x20' Sungrabber solar heaters via the original Intex 635T pump, grey Hydro Tools through-the-wall skimmer, Confer steps/ladder system & Cover Free chemical pool cover. The Summer of Mods!

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