I'm having my pool remodeled. Tile, coping, and fiberglass overlay are all removed. The PB and I did a walk through and he's highly recommending replacing the skimmer. He says there are not structural cracks around the skimmer, but over the years water had leaked around the skimmer box and ate through the rebar and disintergrated the cement encasing. He's saying worst case would be $1,495.00. The pool deck is not part of the remodel; therefore, the pool deck is intact and will need to be cut into.
The gunite on the vertical sides of the skimmer is shot. He was able to easily remove dirt, corroded rebar, disintegrated gunite with a pocket knife. I'm thinking about doing myself to save some money by cutting into the kool deck to get access and dig out, tie in rebar into the bond beam, and pour cement to encase the skimmer box.
Has anyone done it themselves? Any advice, tips/tricks, or guidance is appreciated.