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Thread: Need advice on Replacement Skimmer

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    Jul 2009
    Eden Prairie, MN

    Need advice on Replacement Skimmer

    Hi. I had to bypass the underground skimmer line because of an underground leak. I bypassed it using an aboveground pipe. Everything works fine except losing the skimmer now results in too many surface floaties in this area of the pool. I realize I need a skimmer here.

    Is there an after market skimmer to hook up into the pipe? Can I make one myself?

    Also, the unused skimmer now has stagnant water in it because there is no flow in and out. How do I seal up the old skimmer? Thanks a lot.

    AGP partially buried, with surrounding deck and flower bed. 12 x 24 oval x 48" deep Celebration by Forum. Steel sides, vinyl liner. Hayward 2 HP sand pump. Flower fountain - works well to cool water up to 10 degrees.

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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Need advice on Replacement Skimmer

    You could use a Poolskim. It connects to a return, but takes care of surface debris like a skimmer.
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    SW Indiana

    Re: Need advice on Replacement Skimmer

    It looks to me like your skimmer is only a foot or so away from the edge of the deck. You can probably dig under there and re-plumb it to take care of all the problems. Doesn't look like a huge job unless the pipe run is long.

    Having that uncapped pipe connected to the suction side of your skimmer could be very dangerous to a small child, as it could trap them to the pipe and if they weren't able to stand up they could be held under water.
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