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    Remodel in progress, how much to replace skimmer???

    Hi All,

    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.

    Thanks, Dave
    approx. 18k gal, IG gunite w/ fiberglass overlay, Polaris 280, Centurion 1hp/1.65 sf pump, AO Smith 3/4 hp/ 1.50 sf booster pump, Mytilus FMY-150 cartridge filter. Pool remodel has started and will be upgrading to Pebble Sheen Ocean Blue, Pentair FNS Plus 48 DE Filter, LED multicolor or white light, and Pentair Intelliflo VS pump. Pool automation and solar heat automation to come later.

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    Re: Remodel in progress, how much to replace skimmer???

    I had a skimmer cut out and replaced ... ran me $1200 ... no dealing with rebar though.
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    Re: Remodel in progress, how much to replace skimmer???

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    approx. 18k gal, IG gunite w/ fiberglass overlay, Polaris 280, Centurion 1hp/1.65 sf pump, AO Smith 3/4 hp/ 1.50 sf booster pump, Mytilus FMY-150 cartridge filter. Pool remodel has started and will be upgrading to Pebble Sheen Ocean Blue, Pentair FNS Plus 48 DE Filter, LED multicolor or white light, and Pentair Intelliflo VS pump. Pool automation and solar heat automation to come later.

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    Re: Remodel in progress, how much to replace skimmer???

    I have just replaced both of my skimmers. Your going to need some tools demo hammer or jack hammer and hammer drill for those tight places. Circular saw with a diamond blade will cut the concrete around the skimmer box. I will post up some pictures and try to explain more in detail later
    28k gal/raised spa, IG quartzscape, WhistperFlo 2 speed B2984T,DEV60 filter,Lxi400 NG heater, Polaris 280 cleaner, DIY Chlorine injection, Build completion 7/2013

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    Re: Remodel in progress, how much to replace skimmer???

    Ok I am going to try to do a step by step as best as I can with the little photos that I took. The only thing I can be thankful that my pool builder did do was put lueders on top of the skimmer boxes so the processes will be different for yourself

    So first you need to do is just chip away at the deck

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    I have had many leaks from this skimmer do to multiple reasons and when the skimmer was plumbed they did it 4" lower then the other skimmer. So I had one skimmer that had water over the mouth or one that was too low.

    This is a 10" chisel bit





    More digging you can also see the autofill was put in on a angle and compressed


    More digging and autofill cut out


    The skimmer set at the correct height


    Now for the fun part...PLUMBING! In my case I had an equilzer line that goes out the the wall. The coping also got in the way so I took many measurements and installed a 2" pipe extender to the equalizer line and slid the new skimmer in.


    Now as all plumbing is different I can't say what you will run into or how it will need to be routed. Just remember to use PVC cleaner, PVC primer and then PVC cement (if your using PVC skimmer and PVC pipe) REMEMBER TO PRESSURE TEST your plumbing. This can be done by using a DIY pool pressure stick

    Now I did cut the corroded rebar out and spice in new rebar. I do not have any pictures of that done.

    This was the last step first I build forms around the concrete deck with Styrofoam. This is very important because these will be removed later for the expansion joint.

    Before the concrete paint gunite area around the skimmer throat with concrete bonding agent. Then take hydraulic cement and pack the throat with it. This will prevent the new concrete from seeping out. Now before you start pouring concrete use a concrete bonding agent on the existing gunite.

    Now in my case the concrete doesn't go all the way to the top because a new piece of lueder will finsih it off.



    Once poured cover with plastic and do a wetcure for 7 days.
    Last edited by JonnyB; 04-24-2015 at 02:27 PM. Reason: added information
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    Re: Remodel in progress, how much to replace skimmer???

    I JUST had my skimmer replaced last week in Los Angeles area.. My pool guy charged $1600.. But he also included new dual drains... I then just had him run new PVC plumbing to replace my copper from the drains back to the skimmer for $350 more. So $1950 for new skimmer, new split drains and new plumbing from drains to skimmer. So that sounds about right... if a touch high.
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