skimmer

  1. S

    Rust above skimmer entrance - advice?

    I recently moved to a new home and am excited to take advantage of the pool! I recently noticed that the are above the skimmer entrance has rusted rebar. Given that this is not a structural issue (correct me if I am wrong) I was considering using something to try to remove some rust and then...
  2. Sam and fam

    New Build Question: Pipe Sizing and Skimmers

    Hello - New to the boards and I have been absorbing as much info as possible on maintaining the pool but as I am now getting construction plans I am starting to fall into the bottomless pit of the overwhelming amount of info out there on plumbing (well everything pool related). Nonetheless...
  3. P

    Fixing a crack in skimmer (ABS plastic)

    Hi There is a crack in one of the skimmers and it is leaking. The skimmer from Astral Pool and made from ABS plastic. What would be the material for fixing the crack? Some sort of epoxy putty? How about a sort of fiberfix tape? Silicone sealant?
  4. E

    Above Ground Pool Bonding

    Hi Everyone, I was having a conversation with an associate of mine who is an electrician and the topic was bonding an above-ground pool. The common way I'm used to seeing done is to use a bonding plate that is installed in the skimmer. It involved drilling a 3/16" hole on the side and inserting...
  5. D

    What type of skimmer float valve would fit this skimmer?

    I bought the Hayward SP1070FV Float Valve Assembly and it wouldn’t fit due to this piece in the skimmer. Any ideas on what type of float valve would fit?
  6. F

    Abnormal observation

    24 ft round above ground pool With a chlorinator at the discharge of sand filter. I purchased a house with a pool in November so the first time of operation for me has been the last week. Water line is roughly 1/4 of the skimmer opening. Recently I have been noticing slight backflow from my...
  7. Pink Pineapple

    Cypress TX New Pool Design Questions

    Hi All! TFP is such a fantastic resource! Now I need some help with the specifics of our pool design. We are looking to have a 20’x40’, 4.5’ deep, rectangular, saltwater pool constructed. We want a 12” deep, 20’x8’ tanning ledge with three bubblers on one end, and a bench the width of the...
  8. Spence

    skimmer diverter stuck? help

    Hi, pretty new to pool ownership. We just recognized that our skimmer didn't seem to be pulling in any water. With the pump on, I cannot actually feel/see suction at all through the skimmer. Tried to reach down and pull up the skimmer diverter (the UFO looking thing) and it is STUCK. It even...
  9. L

    HELP, was our skimmer set too low.

    Hi, so it looks like our skimmer was set too low. Is this a major issue? The waterline tile and coping was just done and I just went in to look and the tiles slope down into the skimmer instead of a 90 degree turn or slightly up. I have no clue if it’s an issue or just cosmetic. The lid isn’t...
  10. S

    4 years in and still have a lot to learn - I have an old pool and need some advice

    I have been mostly lurking on this site and it has been an amazing boon to someone who knew nothing about pools/maintenance just a few years ago. Thank you to everyone for the great information and discussions. So I have been able to bumble along fairly effectively and maintain my pool for the...
  11. B

    Plumbing and Skimmer Issues

    Sorry for the lengthy post but I want to make sure I cover everything. my wife and I recently purchased a home with a pool. Its roughly 15 x 30 20k gallon inground pool. When we purchased the home we had a few contractors come out to look at the surface and equipment as they were on the last...
  12. M

    2 returns or 1?

    Hello All, Have another question hopefully someone is knowledgeable about this. We are getting to break ground and I have attached our pool design with measurements. The pool builder talked about installing 1 skimmer on the wall of the deep end which is the south side of the pool. I was...
  13. X

    First-time pool owner, looking for help about weir door and return jets

    Hello! I have moved into a house with a pool for the first time in my life. About my pool: Inground 16ft x 32ft (Kidney Shaped) ~16000 gallons 2 Returns (Both missing eye-ball things) Skimmer: Kafko Equator - Model KP skimmer Filter: Hayward Filter 300lb Sand Filter (Year: 2020) Diameter...
  14. B

    Has anyone had their entire skimmer replaced due to a leak?

    I'm having a leak at the skimmer (I have another thread going about that) and a pool maintenance person suggested hiring a leak detection company to find and repair the leak. He told me they might want to replace the entire skimmer, including digging up the concrete and replacing all the skimmer...
  15. M

    Skinner Basket Broken - Again!

    Hey there! We have a new above ground pool with a wide mouth skimmer. The basket has broken 3 times in the last 2.5 weeks. We have a lot of trees and leaves seem to be bogging it down and causing the breaks. We clean it like twice a day and we have a sock. Nothing seems to work. Is there a...
  16. L

    SOS!

    Hi everyone! New to the site and new to pools. My husband and I just purchased a new home which has a 30 year old salt water pool (cement bottom and fiberglass walls). We decided to attempt to open the pool for summer ourselves because the pool companies in our area are booked until July. We...
  17. C

    Built-in Concrete Skimmer Questions (equalizer valve? -- cement crack? -- vacuum?)

    Bought a house in San Jose CA a few months ago with an inground pool. Not sure when the pool was built, but house was built in 1957. Pool was replastered 1-2 years ago. So I’m new to pool ownership and maintenance and trying to learn as I go along. The skimmer didn’t seem to be working well...
  18. E

    Return Line Leak - Skimmer

    Hello, Hoping to get some assistance. After some detective work, I'm confident that I have a skimmer leak and unfortunately it's coming from the plumbing - not the face plate or interior of the skimmer. With the pump off the pool holds water fine. I unplugged my jets, and the pool holds...
  19. T

    Surface skimmer not compatible with pool. Need hack

    We have a summer waves 15x36 foot quick set pool. This year we upgraded to a sand filter. The skimmer is a joke in this pool. It's on piece and has a grate on it, so you can't unscrew the grate. We bought a surface skimmer to help with all the stuff on top. But realized when we went to...
  20. Z

    Leak Help

    Hello Everyone, I just opened my pool the other day. It's an IGP, approx 42k gallons. The pool held water over the winter without any signs of leaking. In the fall I left the water a little below the skimmers, and when I removed the cover a few days ago, the water was at the top of the...
  21. K

    Inground skimmer replacement

    Has anyone had a skimmer replaced in an inground pool? My skimmer has a leak that I don't need anybody to find. I know it's there. I've been patching it for a couple of years now, but I can no longer do that. It's time for a new replacement. I was wondering how much of the concrete would be...
  22. E

    My pool has a leak. I need an inexpensive solution

    Two summers ago, my pool began showing signs of a leak. My pool company did a dive test prior to close and patched a few holes in the liner I thought the issue was fixed but last summer, my pool continued to show signs of a leak. When I opened the pool in late June, the water level was VERY low...
  23. Thormus

    No weir door...

    I broke a skimmer basket while cleaning it recently and I was looking into the validity of the skim-a-round. Then while looking at these forums I realized people were talking about weir doors (never heard of that before). No wonder my skimmers don't do anything. I have no weir doors. I can't...
  24. A

    Chlorinating and filtering above ground pool

    So our pool is about 9,000 gallons and our filter pump is 2500 gph. How long should we let out filter run and when is the best time? Also should I put the chlorine tablets in the skimmer or floater? And if I use the floater do I take it out of the pool when the filter is off? Sorry for all the...
  25. A

    Cracked skimmer pipe

    Hi guys. I'm still new to the whole pool ownership but here's the story. We bought a house in Massachusetts last year which had a gunite inground pool. The people that lived here the past 20 yrs never had any issues as far as I know. We had a local pool company, which got good reviews and...
  26. J

    Skimmer switched drain holes

    Hi TFP members, I’ve had this pool for 5 years now, it is much older than that, but every year seems there seems to be a new challenge to get the water clear. I switched 2yrs ago to liquid chlorine that I add daily with a couple of chlorinated pucks thrown in to keep the cya up. Last year was...
  27. J

    Skimmer with zero suction

    Just opened our inground pool (closed it ourselves last year and rented a powerful air compressor to force the water out of the underground lines) and our skimmer does NOTHING. Everything else seems to work fine... the main bottom drain is pulling water and the water is going fine out of the 3...
  28. orbitup

    New Filter/Hard Plumb

    Not one to leave well enough alone I couldn't help myself with the pool my wife wanted. She didn't realize it would be a new hobby for me (like I need another one). So I kept an eye on the price for a few filter/pump combos during the cold season and grabbed a Pentair setup I thought would...
  29. J

    CYA sock method?

    Can you use a skimmer sock for the CYA sock method? Or does it have to be a regular sock? (Skimmer socks are a lot thinner in material and am worried about adding to much CYA at once)
  30. goody222

    Where do you dump skimmer contents?

    I'm curious to know where everyone dumps their skimmer contents. With an inground pool, just dumping in the grass/flower beds could result in it getting blown right back in. I have a 13 gallon kitchen garbage can that I use, but when it rains the can collects water becoming smelly and heavy...