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    Metal screws in sw pool

    My skimmer in my sw pool is held in place with metal screws. Is this normal? I've only had it up for a couple of weeks and they're already starting to rust. Any thoughts?

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    Re: Metal screws in sw pool

    I would replace all the screws with stainless steel screws. A high quality stainless screw will not rust.
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    Re: Metal screws in sw pool

    I agree with ping. I have a year old sw pool. My skimmer screws show no sign of rust.

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    Re: Metal screws in sw pool

    If it does this to the screws, how will it impact the sidewalls on a vinyl lined pool with metal walls?
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    Re: Metal screws in sw pool

    You could also use brass screws as they resist corrosion as well. If any expert chimes in that copper content of brass screws might be an issue though...

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    Re: Metal screws in sw pool

    Quote Originally Posted by CLW42 View Post
    If it does this to the screws, how will it impact the sidewalls on a vinyl lined pool with metal walls?
    The gasket should keep the water inside the pool. There should be no contact at all between the walls and the water.
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    Re: Metal screws in sw pool

    The gasket should keep the water inside the pool. There should be no contact at all between the walls and the water.
    Okay, makes sense. But what if you get a hole in your liner? Will the 'salt' water corrode the walls any worse than 'regular' pool water? It's not a huge concern, but just something I thought about when I saw this post.
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    Re: Metal screws in sw pool

    I agree brass would work but I think stainless steel is stronger and it's not a place where I'd want to take a chance breaking one off.
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