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    Cutting pool wall for wide-mouth skimmer

    Our pool will come with a standard skimmer opening in the wall, is it possible to cut the steel so it will fit my wide mouth skimmer? Is it worth doing? It is located on a stainless steel panel.
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    Re: Cutting pool wall for wide-mouth skimmer

    STOP!!!!

    Does your pool come with perforated lines to snip the wide mouth in? If not... don't mess with it!!! Wide mouth skimmers are over rated in my humble opinion and are a bear to put on and not have leak! I just spent 6 hours hanging over my pool wall on a chair on Wednesday and was still swearing at it on Thursday!

    Do you reeeeally want the headache and hassle because if you do, go for it!
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    Re: Cutting pool wall for wide-mouth skimmer

    As always you help me! Thanks Casey. It does NOT come with a pre-cut cut-out. It's a stainless steel panel with a standard cut-out.
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    Re: Cutting pool wall for wide-mouth skimmer

    Leave it. The regular square skimmer boxes do a fine job.

    I always liked the look of a wide mouth but that thing ( it's a dirty rotten thing!) has given me more pain than I care to ever go through again! I ended up having to put a double gasket on (the butterfly and then another one on the outside of the pool) and it leaked until I torqued those screws down. I was so defeated by that thing I was throwing screw drivers!
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    Re: Cutting pool wall for wide-mouth skimmer

    If I'm not mistaken, don't both the wide mouth and the standard skim exactly the same? The actual box opening is the same except for the wife mouth extender. I'm assuming it aids in pulling debris in but offers not much more skimming action correct? I'm new to this.
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    Re: Cutting pool wall for wide-mouth skimmer

    I second what Casey and Metallica say. The functional area of the skimmers are the same. I am still doing my install and spent much water and time trying to assemble the Hayward wide mouth skimmer without a leak. VERY frustrating. My pool came with the wide mouth cutout and wide mouth skimmer. Please post some pictures of your pool.
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    Re: Cutting pool wall for wide-mouth skimmer

    I would also have to cut through the metal.. Anyone else care to offer their opinions?
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    Re: Cutting pool wall for wide-mouth skimmer

    If it ain't broke... don't break it! lol
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    Re: Cutting pool wall for wide-mouth skimmer

    True Casey. You are always so nice. Don't worry I haven't forgot about the pictures I'll take them Monday!
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    Re: Cutting pool wall for wide-mouth skimmer

    Quote Originally Posted by Metallica View Post
    True Casey. You are always so nice.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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