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    DIY skimmer cup cleaner

    Okay so here's my attempt at a self cleaning skimmer cup

    Pieces needed:
    1/4" pex pipe Lowe's #308057 $1.76
    3/8" push fitting Lowe's #29147 $3.49
    Shower door sweep Lowe's #185320 $2.64

    First let me say dimensions will need to be sized according to your skimmer. I have an eshopps cone skimmer 120

    I cut a piece of pex pipe 4.5"


    I then cut a grove in one side 3.5" long, using a dremel cutting wheel.


    I cut a piece of the shower door sweep 3.5" long and slide it into the pipe


    I did the math to figure out where on the skimmer cup lid I need to drill so that this squeegees the inner neck of the collection cup. 1/4" pex has an outer diameter of 3/8"


    I put super glue on the rim of the push fitting then slide the pex from under the lid through the hole into the fitting


    I used a nylon screw for a turning lever but there's many things that could be used in its place.


    All done! I'll have to wait for scum to build up before I can say it works or not. But so far so good


    Note: you can trim the sweep down if you feel it's not ridged enough. Also with this design the squeegee post is still removable, however the push fitting is not.

    Hope this was enlightening for you.

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    Thank you for the tutorial diy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manchestercity View Post
    Okay so here's my attempt at a self cleaning skimmer cup

    Pieces needed:
    1/4" pex pipe Lowe's #308057 $1.76
    3/8" push fitting Lowe's #29147 $3.49
    Shower door sweep Lowe's #185320 $2.64

    First let me say dimensions will need to be sized according to your skimmer. I have an eshopps cone skimmer 120

    I cut a piece of pex pipe 4.5"


    I then cut a grove in one side 3.5" long, using a dremel cutting wheel.


    I cut a piece of the shower door sweep 3.5" long and slide it into the pipe


    I did the math to figure out where on the skimmer cup lid I need to drill so that this squeegees the inner neck of the collection cup. 1/4" pex has an outer diameter of 3/8"


    I put super glue on the rim of the push fitting then slide the pex from under the lid through the hole into the fitting


    I used a nylon screw for a turning lever but there's many things that could be used in its place.


    All done! I'll have to wait for scum to build up before I can say it works or not. But so far so good


    Note: you can trim the sweep down if you feel it's not ridged enough. Also with this design the squeegee post is still removable, however the push fitting is not.

    Hope this was enlightening for you.

    My only concern about the setup is what happens to the skim gunk that gets scrapped. Will the foam push it into the cup or will it be to heavy and fall down into the skimmer? I like your design, easy enough

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    I was thinking the same thing, I'm pretty sure if you let it build up the scum will be too heavy to be pushed up by the bubbles. However if you if squeegee it daily it might just work. I really don't know, I like the concept though.

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    Yeah me to, I'll probably go the route you did a little more adjustable. My big skimmer neck is like 14", I might have a hard time finding a squeegee to fit it. Even if it does fall into the skimmer I guess it will break back down over time.

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    I have the Avast squeegee set up on my skimmer, had it on my last one too. They recommend you put it on a timer and run the timer 2 mins a session, 4-6 sessions a day.

    http://www.avastmarine.com/products/swabbie
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    I have the Avast squeegee set up on my skimmer, had it on my last one too. They recommend you put it on a timer and run the timer 2 mins a session, 4-6 sessions a day.

    http://www.avastmarine.com/products/swabbie
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    I think these are ideal but the price tag. The $10 at lowes is worth the try.

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    It works like a charm!

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    DIY skimmer cup cleaner

    Sorry for the shaky camera. I really needed three arms to film it.

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    Looks too manual.


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    It is manual. You have to turn the lid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manchestercity View Post
    It is manual. You have to turn the lid.
    Yes. Too much work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe View Post
    Yes. Too much work.
    Keeps the muscles from atrophy

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    The gunk will fall into the skimmer body but should be broken up and skimmed out very quickly from the micro bubbles

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