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Replacing the Skimmer on an Above Ground Pool
by Felicia Williams
Because we didn’t properly close the pool at the end of the season, we had a lot of repairs to do this year. One of the most obvious repairs to be made was to replace the skimmer. The skimmer had cracked as a result of the winter’s freeze/thaw cycles.
We knew we would have plenty of work to do and we deserve it. If you don’t take care of what you have you’ll spend a lot of time and money repairing unnecessary damage (another lesson learned).
Buying a Replacement Skimmer
The first thing to do is to make sure you buy the right sized part. Of course, after making a trip over to Namco and purchasing a replacement to the cracked skimmer I realized that I bought the wrong one. Instead of the wide mouth in wall skimmer, I bought the smaller wall skimmer. Actually, the wide mouth wall skimmer is a regular skimmer with an adaptive wide mouth. The small skimmer is attached to the larger wide mouth.
Here’s what I mean. This is the “Deluxe in-wall skimmer as sold by Namco that I bought the first go ‘round (notice the smaller square opening):
Instead, I should have bought this one with the wide rectangular mouth:
After returning the smaller one in favor of the larger one, it was time for me to get to work.
How to Replace the Wall Skimmer
The first thing I had to do was make sure I had the right tools. All I needed was a Phillips head screwdriver (and plastic gloves because the old skimmer was pretty nasty and I didn’t’ want to touch anything). Here’s what I did:
One task down and oh so many more to go...
About the Author: Felicia Williams is a wife, mother and grandmother who likes to write about a host of topics.
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