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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 6:13 am
Water jug from Walmart, float switch I had lying around, and a bit of carbon pad for stink control.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:53 am
I have similar thing.
Can I give you an advice?
Get a longer stem float switch or try to mount it a little lower into the container or maybe place the container inside a tub.
Not that it will happen, but I had it happen once to me.
My skimmer was dialed wrong and I was getting a lot of water going to the container. By the time the float sensed, there was enough water in the cup and inside the line to overflow the container.
I woke up 3 in the morning with my rope leak detector beeping :)
Roberto.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:45 pm
Good idea. I hadn't thought of that.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:05 pm
I use that container for my top off water, do not expect the top lid to be watertight mine was not...
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:17 pm
The big round one? I siliconed it on. :D

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:07 am
Nice! I've been working on building something like this, but I got stuck:

a. I want to use a two pin quick disconnect for the float switch. I have to look for this at a hardware or maybe auto parts store.
b. I also found my float switch stem to be too short. I haven't seen any with long stems, do they actually make such a thing?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:12 am
Yep. Lots of them. :D

http://www.chicagosensor.com/Extended-L ... tches.html

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LONG-Water-Leve ... 35a9e17a87
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:12 am
Yes, I have exactly same thing on my setup. Quick disconnect and long stem.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:14 am
I used those round barrel type DC connectors for mine.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:51 am
Oh, right, I forgot about that idea, perfect!
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