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08-24-2010, 12:50 AM
Originally Posted by Tom@HaslettMI
I heard (and tried) adding a small container (i.e. film canister) to the end of the air hose will quiet it down. I tried this a while ago so I may not be remembering all of the detail correctly but I think I drilled one hole in the bottom of the canister and another in the lid. The air tube from the skimmer was placed in the bottom hole. Result: little to no reduction in sound... maybe a slight change in pitch. So, then I took the lid off and that made it louder then ever. I did try this with several containers some larger some smaller. But to no avail.
I would like to try this again and have a few ideas but before I hack up a bunch of containers wanted to see what others have done to successfully quiet their skimmer.
Here are a few of my ideas:
- instead of a single intake hole have a bunch of smaller ones
- loosely pack the container with filter floss, cotton balls or something similar
- Go with a much larger container (quart size or larger)
- all of the above
I was going to suggest the filter floss lightly packed in to a small container with two tubes. Think about a car muffler, how those work to deaden sound without killing airflow (in most cases not too badly), you need to create a chamber that has enough volume to create a buffer zone so the pulsing waves of air intake slow down to a smooth stream. Once that is accomplished, you can add filter floss to quiet down the sound of rushing air with something like filter floss.
an image for some thought.
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Last edited by XSiVE; 08-24-2010 at 12:54 AM.