One Piece Skimmer Gasket Question
by Bill C
I have my new liner installed and I got a question about the gasket.
It is a one piece style gasket, and my question is do I put it behind the liner?
I can mount it from the outside and mount the skimmer (using your instructions). Is that right?
So from inside out it would be:
Skimmer face plate, liner, inner side of one peice gasket, foam padding, aluminum wall, outer side of gasket then skimmer. Sound right?
Hi Bill. I think that sounds right. I am not sure what the foam padding is why it would go between the gasket and the wall. I put the gasket over the wall and then install the skimmer.
Most instructions call for cutting the liner and trying to get it behind the gasket on the inside of the pool. This is just insane to me and would only lead to leaks. Putting the gasket over the wall only protects the wall against rust and when properly installed will seal the skimmer just fine.
Some butterfly type gaskets are made on the small side. Extra attention needs to be paid to keeping the gasket pushed out as you are inserting the screws. The screws need to be going through the existing holes in the gasket, you should not be making new holes.
Check also to make sure you have gasket showing around the outside of the skimmer before tightening the screws. If you do not have gasket material visible below the skimmer chances are pretty good it is going to leak.