The following video/manual is a step-by-step tutorial for installing your skimmer winterizing plate on your above ground pool thru-wall skimmer at season’s end. Whether you have a standard or widemouth thru-wall skimmer the instructions are the same.
Skimmer Winterizing Plate Installation
Keep the pool water at its normal level or lower it below the skimmer based on your preference.
Prevents ice damage to your thru-wall skimmer and pool wall. The plate comes complete with screws and gasket and installs over the existing skimmer faceplate. Available for standard or wide-mouth thru-wall skimmers.
Remove only the screws from the plastic face plate of the skimmer which match the holes in the winterizing plate. Some screws must be left in place to prevent the liner from shifting. Save the removed screws for re-use in the spring (Fig. 1).
Place the gasket and the winterizing plate over the skimmer face plate making sure that the holes are properly aligned (Fig. 2).
This Winter Closing Kit contains everything you need to close your pool this fall. It will condition the pool water and prevent algae growth throughout freezing winter months to ensure a sparkling clean pool.
Secure the gasket and the winterizing plate to the plastic skimmer face plate with the screws included in the kit. Do not over tighten the screws (Fig. 3).
Check the gasket area to ensure that there is no leakage into the skimmer and/or between the liner and pool wall. If leakage should occur, continue tightening the screws until leakage stops.
When removing the winterizing plate to open your pool next season, make sure to use the screws saved in step # 2 to secure your face plate. Using the screws included in the winterizing kit (long screws) could cause serious damages to your skimmer that would not be covered under warranty.