How To Replace A Skimmer Basket

Posted on: 25 April 2017

An above ground pool is great to have in your yard to enjoy during those hot summer months. A lot of things can happen to your pool though, so it's important to know how to make small repairs as needed to lengthen the life of your pool and be able to enjoy it year after year. Making repairs to leaks in your liner, replacing a rusted or broken rail, and repairing a leaking skimmer basket are just a few things that can happen during the life of your pool. See below for instructions on how to replace a broken or leaking skimmer basket.

Tools And Materials For The Job: 

  • Screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
  • Nut driver
  • New skimmer basket
  • Silicone caulk
  • Caulk gun


  1. Start by purchasing a skimmer basket that is the same size as the one you currently have. You can ask a sales person at your local pool supply store about which is the proper size for your pool.
  2. Next, drain your pool using a hose attached to the filter, then turn the filter to backwash to drain the water down to about two inches below the skimmer basket. 
  3. Once the water has drained, turn the filter and pump off. Then detach the hose line going to the skimmer basket using a nut driver.
  4. Take the face-plate off first by turning the nuts on the backside, then holding the screws in place on the front side. Take the nuts off, then remove the screws. You may need a helper to hold the skimmer basket, while you take off the face-plate. Remove the face-plate, then the skimmer basket.
  5. Next, remove the old caulking from around the exterior of your pool. You want a clean area for your new skimmer basket to sit on. Use a razor to help remove the caulking if need be.
  6. Take the new skimmer basket and the new face-plate, lining up the holes correctly, and attach them using the screws and nuts that came with it. Be sure not to tighten the screws too much to prevent cracking the new skimmer.
  7. Once you have the skimmer attached properly, apply silicone around the edges of the skimmer basket (on the outside) to help seal it properly and prevent any leaks from occurring.
  8. Attach the hose onto the skimmer and tighten the hose clamp with the nut driver. 
  9. Fill the pool back up to the middle of the skimmer, then turn on your filter and pump. Keep an eye on the skimmer basket and watch for any leaks.

Replacing a skimmer basket is a simple repair, although some pool repairs are not so simple. Call a professional pool repair company for help if you run into an issue that you aren't sure how to fix.