Skimmer auto shut off.

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    The better half called me in a panic because the skimmer was overflowing. All into the sump but because it is above the washing machine it was making her nervous.

    Time to install the auto shutoff for the skimmer and the tank.
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    A little short to start out with.

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    Of course I am out of nylon round stock.

    A trip to the hardware store later and some out of the box thinking.
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    Yea! Of course it is metric.....[​IMG]

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    Yes...I know the carbide tool is a bit much for soft plastic

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    Getting there
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    1st attempt.....not bad but I drilled out a tad too much and am not happy with the inside threads..

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    I also like using big tools for small jobs; i.e. using a 5'x10' bed CNC router for making small racks out of polycarbonate.
    Whatever gets the done! And it's fun!
     
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    I wish I could go that overboard!
    I only have two options in my garage:
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    And
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    I am on the lookout for a better lathe!

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    Attempt 2 turned out good. Now I just have to clean it up and work on the electronics

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    Do you have a quick connect on there? like a headphone jack, so you can take the lid to the sink and clean it, with out pulling wires?
    I did that with mine, and it worked out well. (Just need to find a radio shack now)
     
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    Yep. Already have the headphone Jacks. The solder gun is warming up.

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    I need one too! Tired of it over flowing.

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    Some more parts from autotopoff.com

    I ordered the wrong stuff originally. I wanted low voltage going to the tank. And I figured since I was placing a order I wanted a dual float switch for the main tank.

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    Looks good. It's nice having a lathe, isn't it? I've modified so many fittings with mine.
     
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    Yes. I would not trade my lathe and mill for anything! Except maybe a bigger one :)

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    Fragtastic Reef We Dont Frag Around! Rare fish and more
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    Great job. It is really cool that the new Octopus VarioS DC pumps actually come with a float to do this automatically now.
     

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