it's time for me to okay the CAD for the pb to move ahead with permitting. my neighbor told me to keep the skimmer away from the baja step where the pb drew the placement of the skimmer. she said she hates to be near the skimmer in her pool and avoids it, so with the roaches, scorpians and debree that end up in the skimmer, I'd want the skimmer on the opposite end of the baja step. this pool will be coping only accept for the east side of the pool, which will have a small deck area, about 10 feet by 10 feet of deck. originally i wanted to have the coping detached from all decking so the look will be a coping only pool. i was told that i have to have a bump out for the skimmer, automatic fill, and the in-floor valve because the skimmer is one unit. the skimmer they recommend isn't extendable with a piece of pvc like i imagined. the pool equipment will be about 30 feet south of the pool. so, dollarwise it makes sense to keep the skimmer on the south side of the pool, as close to the east side and i can imagine it's more efficient as well? the baja step is in the southeast corner.
i read this article http://arizonaswimmingpoolmaintenanc...d-skimmer.html that encouraged 2 skimmers and having one for sure on the east side of the pool due to putting it in the direction the wind blows. that makes sense to me, is the least $ place for me to place it but that is where the baja shelf is so i understand my friend's point of view also.
should i be asking the pb for 2 skimmers and any suggestions on what to do about this issue? 2 skimmer or 1? my baja will be 4 feet wide (by 10 feet the length of the pool which is east/west), so if i place the skimmer on the east side, closer to the north side of the pool that is my 8 foot lap lane. will that seem far enough from the baja step? i was also going for a coping only pool which if i place the skimmer in that position messes that up but i can give that up if it's the best place for the skimmer. they said i have to have a bumpout with the skimmer they recommend. i was going to have a small deck area there just detaches with some river rock in between the coping and the deck, but if it's most efficient to put the skimmer there and it's not too close to the baja, along with the cost savings, i can make the design difference. my neighbor's thought was that i don't want the skimmer, automatic fill, in floor valve, all of that in the most heavy traffic area if i can help it. good thing is that they use travertine covers so it would't even be that noticable accept for having to change the coping only design.
pb said the other option is to use 2 spa skimmers when i was trying to keep the skimmers in the 16" coping but they did not recommend it.
i've never owned a pool. any suggestions appreciated!