Worked as advertised, but needs improvement
The unit is easy to install and worked as advertised. But there are minor issues that could be improved. The base plate as three tabs with holes, presumably to allow screw attachment to the top of skimmer instead of hard cement. But no screws are provided. In this wet environment, plastic screw should be used. Furthermore, the wiper arm is attached using a metal screw. I can imagine that not too long in the future, it will corrode and break and contaminate the water. Perhaps other user who used this longer can chime in.
The metal hardware is 316L Stainless steel, it is 100% corrosion resistant in Saltwater, no worries there. The Swabbie can be bolted to the lid but drilling and tapping all those holes so everything aligns perfectly is beyond what we consider appropriate for a DIY kit, we provide instructions on how to simply glue it on with only drilling one hole and provide the center finding jig to assist. Thanks for the feedback!
Size measurement slightly off - DIY needed
The squeegee dimensions for the small was slightly too big by approximately 1/8” than what was posted on the website. Some sanding of the acrylic material was required for the squeegee to fit. I initially flipped the blade so the squeegee fit, but the plastic pins made the rubber bow out and caused the blade to wipe unevenly. My best guess is that the rubber blade was cut a little big, because I spoke with Avast over the phone and they said they have made thousands of these with the same dimensions. After a little extra and unexpected DIY the swabbie works pretty well. I have this on a smart plug to run twice a day for 1 minute. My only recommendation would be to include a quick disconnect, waterproof, 3 pin connector to make it easier for maintenance and maybe a small led light to show that the squeegee is running and as a bit of added geek factor.
Love the Swabbie Kit!
Can’t believe we didn’t add this to our MRC skimmer years ago! Easy to assemble and install. Needed a slight modification for our skimmer due to a stepped neck, but a razor blade and straight edge took care of it in no time. Wish it had come with the three (3) 1/4x20 nylon screws to mount to the lid, but that’s what Lowe’s is for. Apex has control now...
Lazy ******: Active!
Love this thing, like seriously! It operates so quietly without any complaints and allows me to basically eleminate another task before leaving for work. It took a little time to I guess build up that aquarium slime (kinda like when you break in a skimmer) but once it was broken in it started really giving me dark nasty skimmate constantly! Took all of maybe 15 minutes to assemble as well.