Thursday, April 7, 2011

Used Hosiery: Pool Skimmer Net

Making pool skimmers out of used hosiery, is probably more trouble than it is worth, but it would be a fun project for people who like to make things, and for those who really want their tools to be customized. For more ideas, click used, which can also be found in the right column, under Popular Topics.

Gathering Materials

You will need the following.

  • hosiery
  • a loop [I suggest a wire coat hanger, or something that flexible that will not rust]
  • a stick

You probably want something made of plastic, so that it dries easily, but even wood will do. You would want it to be hard as well. I took a quick look through Craig's List's free stuff, and the best stick that I could find was a hockey stick. Perhaps a stick used for a broom or a garden tool will do. No matter what you choose, be sure to wash it clean.

To make the loop, you could use a coat hanger, and then pull the hosiery over the loop.

Assemble It

The loop will need to be attached, so that it does not slip off, and does not turn around. Drill 2 holes in the stick at the side, near the end. The first hole should be about 2" away from the end, and the other hole should be about 4" from the end. If you do not have a drill, then you could probably use an awl. Poke the hook end of the loop through the hole closest to the end. Bend the hook, and push it through the other hole. Bend the entire hook, so that it is now flat against the stick. Use plastic zap straps, or some kind of cord to keep it secure.

If you can afford a swimming pool, then you might be concerned about the appearance of using something that looks like it is low in quality. If you are willing to use a low quality tool when nobody is looking, then I recommend that you just hide it when people visit. To make it look nice, try weaving around it. At each end, you cold try tieing knots, to make it look like a decorative flower.


Tools do not always need to be bought, and they do not need to look cheap. I would love to read about any success stories that you have.

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