Through Wall Skimmer for Intex Ultra Frame

pncsmith

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May 28, 2014
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I can't help with leaks - but are you putting the skimmer in place of an intake valve or somewhere else? Will you have an intake plus a skimmer or just the skimmer? How are you plugging up the intakes, if you are doing so? I'm trying to understand how to make this work for us.
I have a combination of one of the bottom drains converted to a return along with the skimmer and pump discharge routed to two of the factory holes in the sidewall. Cutting them out and converting the fittings can be found here: Useful Links for Fellow Intex Pool Owners ,hope this helps.
 

pncsmith

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May 28, 2014
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LA, USA
I would use silicone, remove skimmer apply around the face, inside and out then re install the skimmer. Put a gob of silicone about half inch long and 1/4" deep on a piece of cardboard, when you can press on the gob without it sticking to your finger start refilling the pool.
Thanks LFrankow, I will give it a try and report back on the results.
 

Lisbek

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Jun 5, 2015
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Central Point Oregon
I also installed my skimmer, same set up as Michelin. The skimmer is at a bit of an angle due to the slope of the pool wall but works great. Hardest part was getting the screws tightened down.
 

Angelnorgaard

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Jun 24, 2019
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Lubbock TX
Just replaced the liner on my 12x24 Intex Ultra Frame after a tough winter. Re-installet my widemouth skimmer using the same approach as the first time:
1. Cut the butterfly gasket in two, use one half inside pool, the other outside
2. Position the skimmer frame between two legs where there is no vertical seam. If put high enough, there will be no waterloss
3. Punch wholes and install the corner screws, making sure they grip. Then install remaining screws and tighten
4. After skimmer is installed, cut the liner inside the skimmer from inside the pool using scalpel, exacto knife or similar
5. Done, no leaks or issues of any kind

I connected my skimmer in parallell with the existing intake. That is a great way to minimize risk of sucking air if waterlevel drops in the pool
Im super curious to know how you hard plumbed with what looks like larger fittings than the hoses that came with the pool.. I have watched many videos but cant seem to grasp how it was done as far as widening the intake hose holes as shown in your 3rd photo.. Im not plumbing savvy so a list of whats needed is what I have been looking for.. I would think i could have found a step by step guide on pinterest or youtube but I cant find a supply list for whats all needed to do it, can't be running back and forth to the hardware store 45 mins from home. could you help a girl out here?
 

Blacklisted

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Sep 10, 2013
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El Cajon CA
Im super curious to know how you hard plumbed with what looks like larger fittings than the hoses that came with the pool.. I have watched many videos but cant seem to grasp how it was done as far as widening the intake hose holes as shown in your 3rd photo.. Im not plumbing savvy so a list of whats needed is what I have been looking for.. I would think i could have found a step by step guide on pinterest or youtube but I cant find a supply list for whats all needed to do it, can't be running back and forth to the hardware store 45 mins from home. could you help a girl out here?
I used these parts from Amazon to convert to normal fittings and hard plumbed my pool with the standard Hayward skimmer. Using 1 1/2" Schedule 40 PVC and fittings. There is an adapter that you make to convert the Intex to standard PVC. I don't have that info right now but will try to get it with part #.
As far as cutting the pool I used the gasket from the wall fitting to mark and cut the liner with an exacto knife.

Wall fitting
Eyeball
Skimmer
Ball valve

My plumbing with the fitting to convert to the Intex inlet on the filter.IMG_20180523_181903554.jpg
 
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frogabog

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Intex only did this dual supply/inlet thing recently. 1 skimmer per small pool is plenty. I'd consider cutting 1 hole and blocking off the dual inlets like the above poster. Or hook up the skimmer to the Tee and do both. Actually I'd do that if I didn't have 2 pumps. It will work nicely on a round pool with 1 puling from below and the skimmer handling the top stuff.
 

zea3

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Im super curious to know how you hard plumbed with what looks like larger fittings than the hoses that came with the pool.. I have watched many videos but cant seem to grasp how it was done as far as widening the intake hose holes as shown in your 3rd photo.. Im not plumbing savvy so a list of whats needed is what I have been looking for.. I would think i could have found a step by step guide on pinterest or youtube but I cant find a supply list for whats all needed to do it, can't be running back and forth to the hardware store 45 mins from home. could you help a girl out here?
Intex has a bad habit of "updating" their product every couple of years, so what worked 5 years ago might not now. The safest way to modify an intex style pool would be to replace all the standard intex plumbing with regular 1.5" pvc pipes, valves, and fittings. If you have an Intex pump/filter combo that uses 1.25" fittings you will need an adapter to complete the set up.
When I get a chance I'll try to add a parts list to this post.
 

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Blacklisted

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Found pics of the part I used to convert to the Intex pump filter. I could'nt find the parts to link in the post so not sure if they have changed them or if the local HD/Lowe's etc. Will have them now. I bought the parts a while ago.
There was two different fittings I have used. The grey one is a 1 1/2" electrical box adapter and the second is a 1 1/2" to 1 1/4" reducer bushing for pvc. You use a 11/2" pvc coupler to mount on the PVC pipe. Make sure you leave enough room behind the Intex nut to get a saw in there if you ever need to remove the nut for another pipe. Fairly simple adapters to make.
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