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    New skimmer with slow leak

    My Waterways skimmer had a crack in it so I replaced it with a Hayward SP109 WM a couple days ago.

    I've noticed some waster running down by the corner of the skimmer, which is exacerbated if i push on the wall there with my finger.

    I swear I tightened the screws until my fingers hurt, alternating tightening them.

    Please does anyone have any idea of how I might be able to correct this or have any experience with this?
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    Re: New skimmer with slow leak

    Nothing should ever have to be tightened like that. It is not uncommon for folks to have the gaskets wrong or be missing a gasket. I would review the installation instructions to be sure everything is on and on the correct side (inside or outside) of your pool.
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    Re: New skimmer with slow leak

    You have to tighten those screws in the Hayward more than you would think. Mine seeped at one corner until I got a large (#3 Phillips, I believe) screwdriver and really cranked it down. The plastic was creaking to the point where I thought it would crack, but it didn't and the leak stopped.
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    Re: New skimmer with slow leak

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    Nothing should ever have to be tightened like that. It is not uncommon for folks to have the gaskets wrong or be missing a gasket. I would review the installation instructions to be sure everything is on and on the correct side (inside or outside) of your pool.
    Everything is on correct. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffchap View Post
    You have to tighten those screws in the Hayward more than you would think. Mine seeped at one corner until I got a large (#3 Phillips, I believe) screwdriver and really cranked it down. The plastic was creaking to the point where I thought it would crack, but it didn't and the leak stopped.
    Thanks i'll crank em tonight. This is the second time I've done a skimmer and I must say my least favorite repair.
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    Re: New skimmer with slow leak

    i would unscrew everything and check to make sure the gasket is sitting flush with the liner. something as simple as a slight repositioning may stop the leak. put it back together and tighten all the screws. if there is still a leak you could try using a tube of silicone to caulk around the outside of the skimmer.

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    Re: New skimmer with slow leak

    Thanks guys all good now
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