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cdalmost
09-17-2011, 09:21 PM
Hi all,

Just thought I'd share this quick DIY project because of how well it turned out and how easy it was. I have a Vertex IN-80 skimmer that I've been running without a muffler. It wasn't super loud, but you could definitely tell it was running even from the other side of my apartment.

Materials:
Small plastic bottle (pill bottles work well)
Couple short pieces of airline tubing

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Tools: drill, knife.

Directions:
- Drill a hole in the bottle of the plastic bottle that will accept the airline tube coming from the skimmer pump. I recommend using a vise if you have one because the drill will catch on the plastic and rip the bottle out of your hand. I used a knife to bevel the hole and smooth out the edges.
- Drill two holes in the lid to accept the pieces of airline tubing. Ditto on the vise and knife.
- Assemble in the obvious way.

http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac210/cdalmost/DIY/4e18eb32.jpg

http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac210/cdalmost/DIY/81cee981.jpg

http://i900.photobucket.com/albums/ac210/cdalmost/DIY/8a48a5f7.jpg

It doesn't look like much, but it makes a huge difference! Now, with the stand door closed, I cannot hear the difference between the skimmer being on and being off; the Vortech is now my loudest piece of equipment. Not bad for a project that takes literally five minutes to assemble out what is effectively trash!

Cheers,
Chris

mikesin
09-18-2011, 09:53 PM
Nice job, thanks for sharing.