need skimmer lid camouflage suggestions

ldjdJune 29, 2011

Hi, We are planning to surround our pool with a flagstone coping and then lawn with flagstone steps set in the lawn (not a solid patio). We just came across a question we didn't know how to answer. Norm ally the skimmer and its lid are in the patio area just outside the coping. Since we won't have a patio area there, how do we want to camouflage the lid? Has anyone done this before and if yes, how do you recommend we camouflage it, or anything we definitely shouldn't do?

options so far:

1) skip the lid altogether and access it from the waterline tile area of the pool (clean look from outside the pool, but sounds like access nightmare)

2) cover the lid with a piece of flagstone with a couple holes in it that we lift up and it looks like it is just another step with a couple holes in it

3) get a tan lid and try to sink it in a piece of tan flagstone with a round hole in it

4) cover it with a fake rock

5) just leave it as is and deal with it

We appreciate any suggestions folks have.


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if the size of flagstone steps you are going to use are big enough, I would mortar set one of them right over the skimmer opening (lid). I would then have your mason cut out a middle section of it for access.
It should most likely be reinforced underneath with a plate of some sort.
This plate would rest on the skimmer plastic to prevent this smaller piece from cracking when people walk on it.
Also check out pour-a-lids for an easier way to do the above.

Option #1 is doable, and I have done it many times on raised pools that have just 12" or less of coping only. The interior basket is smaller than a standard skimmer, so it needs to cleaned more frequently, but in my installs these pools have been raised so they see less leaves anyway. good luck!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 10:09AM
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We used a company called The product was designed for pouring concrete or aggregate into the lid to match the pattern of your deck but others have used it to put stone work onto it. It has a benefit over just laying a loose stone over the area because it comes with a ring that you can still mortar or sand around to prevent the rest of the stone or paver finishes to be loose and the resulting cover already has convenient finger holes to grab the lids off.

Here's an example of someone else who used it who posted here. Scroll about halfway down for the example pictures. And these lids were super inexpensive (about $20 for each skimmer).

Good luck.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2011 at 12:34PM
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Thanks for the link to the photos. They look great!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 6:59PM
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Thanks for the link to the photos. They look great!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 7:04PM
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