Gunite skimmer placement


Active member
May 7, 2019
Daytona Beach, Florida
As my coping is being installed on my pool, I just noticed that the skimmer basket opening/lid has to be cut into the coping because of the way they placed it. The didn't even form a proper skimmer throat, it appears:


Shouldn't the skimmer have been pushed back so that a square cover could sit flush with the edge of the coping, rather than cutting into it? Perhaps something like this:



Gold Supporter
May 16, 2010
Chapel Hill, NC
As a rule, yes. But you need to talk with your pool builder and find out why they did it this way and if it makes any difference. The skimmer could be cut off the pipe and placed further back, if desired.