What are Pond Skimmer-Ectomies™?

Skimmer-ectomy BEFORE

Replacing Obsolete Pond-side Pond Skimmers
with Remotely Installed HydroClean™ Pond Skimmers

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  • A 2-man crew can complete the job in 2-4 hours
  • A 1-man crew can complete the job in 3-6 hours
  • Makes for a much more attractive pond edge
  • Requires minimal tools - shovel, level, pipe cutter, screw driver, and transit or string level
  • All plumbing is "soil-tight" so no dirt, mulch, gravel, or debris can fall into the skimmer through plumbing holes
  • Easily accommodates multiple pumps and overflow without modification
  • Places the auto fill valve away from leaf net and leaf brushes so the pond owner won't bump it out of adjustment during routine servicing
  • Simple to perform!
Skimmer-ectomies before and after

Here's How It's Done:

  • Lower pond level to 6" below the existing skimmer intake flange
  • Remove rocks, boulders, and gravel 12" away from skimmer
  • Disconnect the liner gasket flange
  • Pull liner in towards the pond and pull off any silicone from the backside of the skimmer
  • Place a liner patch over the skimmer intake and screw holes
  • Mark an area away from the pond in which you wish to install the HydroClean™ pond skimmer
  • Excavate in new hole in the earth for the new skimmer
  • Use the soil from the new hole to fill the old skimmer hole
  • Excavate a trench between the HydroClean™ skimmer and the pond liner for the extension pipe
    Skimmer-ectomies before, during, and after
      Attach extension pipe to the HydroClean™ pond skimmer
    • Level the extension pipe, and backfill with soil and compact
    • Attach the patched liner to the the HydroClean™ skimmer's extension pipe
    • Backfill behind the liner
    • Install rocks and gravel over the extension pipe to conceal and create an uninterrupted pond edge
    • Start refilling the pond
    • Install the pump and overflow plumbing
    • Install the optional auto fill valve
    • Install the net and brushes, and place the lid on top and turn on the pump when the pond is full - you're done!


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