Yesterday evening I upgraded my Intex sand filter from the 1600 GPH model to the 2650 GPH model installed a Hayward SP1091LX Dyna-Skim Above-Ground Pool Skimmer and Accessory Kit. I have the Intex UltraFrame 12x24x52 pool and the installation seemed to go smoothly except now it is leaking.
Initially I drained the pool down about 6-8 inches to install the skimmer without water leaking. I placed the skimmer just below the liner "edge", marked the screw holes with a sharpie, punched the holes, and then screwed the skimmer on. At that point I cut out the opening for the skimmer using a box knife. I installed the butterfly gasket without cutting it in half like some others have done. I screwed the face plate, gasket, and skimmer together and start adding water. I noticed that now I have a very small stream of water running out from the bottom of the skimmer down the outside of the pool so I stopped adding water (it was getting late last night).
Has anyone had this issue and successfully resolved it? I was thinking I should try using some silicon sealant but I wasn't sure what to buy and if I should put it under the gasket or what. I tightened the screws to the point that the gasket started to "squish" out a little and I felt like I was going to crack the plastic so I think it is pretty tight.
Thanks in advance!