DIY Skimmer Cleaner

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  1. amalick

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    OK so the once a week routine cleaning of my skimmer felt like too much of a chore:p.

    Solution - Invent a skimmer cleaner. For those of you that know my thread this was a wonderfull opportunity for yet another piece of automation.:yeahdude:

    Step 1 : Use the two free stations that I already have on my automatic water changer garden irrigation controller thingie, via relays and a standard garden irrigation solenoid plumbed into the house plumbing.

    Step 2 : Fit an old power head that I had lying around into my sump that pumps tank water into the skimmer cone via a micro jet garden irrigation sprinkler to flush out the cone by causing a very very wet skim for about two minutes.

    Step three : Fit 4 standard micro jet sprinklers into the skimmer cup. These sprinklers are then run via the garden irrigation solenoid at full force to flush out the skimmer cup (with freshwater) as well as the excess skimmate cause by step one into the house drain.

    Then finally setup the irrigation controller to cycle the above procedures every 4 hours. and whala no more skimmer cleaning required.

    A pic of all the bits fitted:yeahdude:

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    and finally a short edited video to show how it all works. For the impatient few, you can skip to 1:20 seconds on the video to see stage 2

     
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  3. Keanan

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    WOW, dude is there anything you haven't automated or diy'd?
     
  4. pXius

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    Crazy and awesome! Love it!
     
  5. ziyaadb

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    awesome
    how do u clean the neck of the skimmer cos thats ideally the part that needs to be cleaned?
     
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    Nice DIY Idea. :thumbup:
     
  7. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    fantastic idea.. but ziyaadb is correct.. the cup is the easy part the neck is the crux of the matter..

    fantastic DIY you get a gold star :)
     
  8. pXius

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    Halfway through the vi you guys will see that t here's a irrigation head in the center/in the neck as well, if it fires every 4 hours the sludge might stay soft enough to come off every time.
     
  9. amalick

    amalick Thread Starter

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    Yup, pXius has it spot on. Both the skimmer cup and the neck get cleaned, its in the video. In fact thats why there are two stages.

    Stage one cleans the skimmer neck with sea water causing excess skimmate to fill the skimmate cup.

    Stage two then both cleanes the skimmer cup and flushes away the excess skimate caused by stage one with fesh water.
     
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    cool, awsome bro..
     
  11. ziyaadb

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    oooh very awesome
     
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