Thanks to your excellent inspiration I installed my Hayward skimmer this morning. It went superb, and I was really pleased with how it all turned out.
For my install I decided to go higher up the wall to preserve my water depth. I also adapted the skimmer to my stock Intex hoses because I take the pool down every fall.
Here are a few pictures:
In the process of adapting to the threaded coupler on the Intex hose I discovered that it would attach to a standard 2" PVC male adapter which made the connection a simple screw on deal and will be simple to take it apart and store later. Also, because I forgot to order some extra Intex rubber gaskets for the connection I was forced to find a work-around at Home Depot.
To my delight I found a rubber "Bath Shoe Washer" that is made for the drain outlet of your home bathtub. The inside diameter was perfect, but the outside diameter needed to be trimmed with scissors to fit inside the Intex coupling. I stacked two on top of each other so they would be thick enough.
It worked super well and not even a drop of water has leaked after running the pump all day.
I couldn't be more pleased watching the leaves and bugs getting sucked into the new skimmer