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    Skippy's New Fountain

    So we've got this wall outlet all ready for our Polaris to "click" into it. So needing a new cooling fountain, Skippy built one up using another Polaris wall fitting so the two devices are interchangeable in the wall. The only parts not glued together are the polaris end to the PVC end, just in case we want to alter something down the road. In total cost less than $20 (mostly for the Polaris parts) and works a charm! Pool temp dropped like 5 degrees in 24 hours. I am proud of Skippy







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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    Nice layout on the holes! Looks like a factory job. Good work man!
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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    Nice layout on the holes! Looks like a factory job. Good work man!
    He used a sheet of graph paper to help guide the drilling of the holes.
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    Skippy has skills..... and a steady hand. My holes don't look that nice. The spray pattern is so pretty
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    That is fancy. And nice pool!
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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    Very nice work, the hole layout looks perfect!

    I needed to use my cooler for the first time this week.

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    Dude patent that bad boy and sell it ; )
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    Nice job!!!
    What is hanging from that piece of floaty in your pool?

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    Ha, this is fantastic!
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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    Quote Originally Posted by MarianParoo View Post
    Nice job!!!
    What is hanging from that piece of floaty in your pool?
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    B.O.R.I.N.G. After the cool DIY fountain, I expected another miracle creation... Although I do love the floaty trick!

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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    Skippy's fountain is foun-tabulous!!! That's one of the best ones I've seen. Will I find the Polaris part by googling or is there a magic secret for finding it?

    Thanks so much for sharing! And I almost missed this thread....
    Suz.

    One more question.... I know very little or nothing about drilling. How did you make the holes? I get using the graph paper (ingenious), but what kind of tool makes those very small holes - they are so clean. Is it the drill tool that you put the short metal stick-like things into the part you hold. You know, the sticks that have the candy cane striped grooves in them? If so, what size stick or whatever you call it? Or was it something else?

    Thanks again!
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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    Skippy says: 1/16th of an inch drill bit, drilled directly through the graph paper in alternating lines ( graph paper was taped on) and then removed the paper and sanded the Schedule 40 PVC pipe smooth. Cleaned out the inside of any shavings with a long refrigerator brush. Used PVC glue to glue pipes together except left the Polaris piece and the next piece of PVC unglued in case we change something down the road.

    The Polaris part is just the piece that goes into the universal wall fitting from our Polaris 165 sweep cleaner.
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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    How terrific! I love being spoon fed each and every detail - especially when I need it, like now!!

    Drill bits.... of course! I think I should have known that somewhere back in the recesses of my shriveling brain. Lol!!!

    Thank you both so very much!!!
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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    Duraleigh says that Skippy is getting on my nerves. He is making all of us DIY rednecks look bad with his meticulous work.

    Please dunk his head in the pool until he comes to his sense.
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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    Can I make this for an intex above ground pool???

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    Skippy - Wow great DIY project. I could do that too. I've got 6 returns in my pool. My previous pool had a fountain I bought and attached to a return but didn't look anything as nice as yours.
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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    Irwin, I will pass on your compliments to Skippy (positive reinforcement keeps him working on those honey-do projects, y'know?)

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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    Quote Originally Posted by melsteph View Post
    Can I make this for an intex above ground pool???
    Melsteph- I know folks do because I've scanned over their posts, but I'm clueless to the details since my pool is different.

    I would suggest opening up the Above Ground Pool section in the Forums, and then using the <search> feature found at the top and it will bring up fountains that folks have used.

    I hope this helps you

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    Re: Skippy's New Fountain

    My Polaris wall port is not valved and has a small amount of flow without the pump running. Are you running your booster pump to create the fountain?
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