How to Install a Pool Skimmer on Liner


When you have a pool newly installed and assembled, one of the final steps involves installing the pool skimmer. Adding a skimmer is easy to do whether it's on a newly assembled pool, or if it's replacing an old defective skimmer with a new one. The skimmer kits provide most of the necessary tools along with adequate instructions. The one tricky part to installing a skimmer is keeping the liner in place. If the liner shifts, it becomes a little more difficult to install the pool skimmer.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Skimmer kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Permanent marker
  • Reduce the level of water in the pool. If there is currently water in the pool, lower the level of total about 2 inches below the skimmer level.

  • Trace and cut out the holes for the new skimmer. If you're installing the skimmer on a newly assembled pool, use the template that comes in the skimmer kit to trace the opening for the skimmer. Also plot the dots for where the screw holes will go. Using a permanent marker, trace the outline according to the template and then cut the opening through the outer pool wall through to the lining. Do the same thing when pre-drilling the screw holes.

  • Remove the old skimmer. This step is necessary only if you're getting rid of an old damaged skimmer and replacing it with a new one.

  • Insert holding screws in the holes for the faceplate. This temporary measure is the key to an easy skimmer installation. If there is water in the pool the weight of the water will pull the liner down. This action causes a misalignment in the screw holes between the liner and the wall. Whether you have just pre-drilled screw holes or removed an old skimmer, temporarily place the screws in the holes to keep the liner in place.

  • Attach the skimmer to the outside of the pool wall. Make sure to insert the rubber lining that comes with the skimmer kit in between the skimmer and the pool wall. Align the skimmer holes with the pre-drilled holes and use the screws to attach the skimmer to the outer wall.

  • Affix the faceplate to the inside of the pool through the liner. Just like with this skimmer, place the rubber seal in between the pool liner and the faceplate. One by one remove the holding screws and use them to attach the faceplate to the liner.

  • Connect the pool hose to the skimmer, increase the water level and run the filter.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check the outer pool wall for leaks. If you notice water trickling down the wall from the skimmer area, tighten all screws both on the skimmer and the faceplate.

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