Skimmer cracked during build

cakelady_2010January 20, 2011

Our deck was poured without the 2 skimmer rings, (the little part the lid fits into). After the deck was dry the deck crew had difficulty getting the ring to fit into the dried decking. After it was fit using a grinder I noticed the cracks in the skimmer sides. The PB has suggested plastic welding to repair the skimmer and said it will last as long as the plastic skimmers would normally, up to 20 years.

Has anyone had experience with this technique? Has this happened to anyone else??

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clanch

One problem with plastic repair,it wont last. Most likey there is pressure on the skimmer and that is why the lid wont fit. Ask for a new skimmer,when the repair fails in five years or so, who is going to pay for it? My customers with german cars try to repair there plastic cooling systems with plastic weld, it never works.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 1:18PM
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sceadu

I must be one of the lucky ones... This tyrp of epoxy acts like a weld where it actually melts the 2 plastices when setting up. My Rad hasnot leaked in 5 months.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 2:30PM
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Rack Etear

BILLY MAYS HERE FOR MIGHTY PUTTY!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 3:21PM
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sceadu

Racket,

Did you post in the wrong thread again. LOL

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 3:39PM
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Rack Etear

Nope

    Bookmark   January 21, 2011 at 4:21PM
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cakelady_2010

From what I have found online, replacing the skimmer would involve braking out the side of the pool beam/coping around the skimmer?

    Bookmark   January 22, 2011 at 8:24AM
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poolguynj

They will break the section of deck, dig around the old skimmer, break out the old skimmer and mouth plus a couple inches of gunite, set the new skimmer and re-pour concrete and re-tile as needed. You won't lose any strength. Its quite a bit of work which is why the PB was hoping you would accept the patch. Weigh you decision on the compensation you receive if you take the patch.

Scott

    Bookmark   January 22, 2011 at 9:37AM
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cakelady_2010

We have chose the plastic weld. The risk for additional damage to surrounding plumbing with the PB changing out the skimmer is too great. He will guaranty the weld for the life of the skimmer. Checking with Pentair on how many years a skimmer is expected to last. It was a hard choice to make.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 7:11AM
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poolguynj

Make sure the flapper weir moves freely and the basket fits properly first!

His warranty might be useless in 5 years. The skimmer will last as long as the deck. Take that to the bank.

Scott

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 1:46PM
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clanch

What happens if the pool company is gone in five years, or the skimmer flapper stops working because of pressure. You have spend alot of money on this project,and would not cut corners now. What if the skimmer starts leaking water into the ground and causes major problems, like a popping pool?

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 4:21PM
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cakelady_2010

The replacement of our skimmer started today. Hopefully we can move forward from it. As far as I can tell at this point, it looks ok?




    Bookmark   February 10, 2011 at 6:23PM
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cakelady_2010

The skimmer has been replaced. Needs to be re calked and it will be ready.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 2:02PM
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cakelady_2010

Just a followup. I re grouted the skimmer myself. The PB never showed up to finish this before we had our pool filled following plaster. The water was several feet from the skimmer during fill up and I quickly mixed the grout left that they used for our waterline tile. So far it is holding. Any experience with set up time for grout before exposed to water?

    Bookmark   May 3, 2011 at 8:06AM
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