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Swabbie Kit
Swabbie Kit

Swabbie Kit

$ 124.99

Here it is...the long awaited DIY skimmer neck cleaner!

Yes, it really is pretty easy to put one together.  With our newly designed shaft seal and motor assembly, the You-Built Swabbie goes together with basic tools (small flathead screwdriver and pliers) and common supplies (silicone or hot glue).  We include the required acrylic solvent needed to bond the motor assembly's components inside the housing.

The motor housing bonds to your skimmer's lid after a simple modification.  See photo instruction manuals below.

Depending on the diameter of your skimmer's neck or riser tube, choose the appropriate blade size as shown in the diagram to the left.

Also available in 220v for non-North American countries.

Click for Swabbie Kit Photo Assembly Manual
Click for Swabbie Motor Housing Retrofit Manual

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Hao S.
United States

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.

Avast Marine Works

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!

Michael H.
United States

Excellent and easy to assemble!

Love this thing already. Should have got one a long time ago.

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James L.
United States

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.

Doug a.
United States

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...

Alec G.
United States

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.