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I got the Regal INT150 for Christmas and can't find any details on how the float switch installs in the collection cup lid. I checked out the CoralVue web site and I don't have the threaded nut shown in their product photo - but as frequent as RO changes product details, I don't know if that means it's different, or if I'm missing parts.

Also, since it doesn't look like RO designed this to make it convenient to remove the cup and lid for cleaning with the float installed (not really looking forward to trying to unsnake the cable between the skimmer and the controller in my controller cabinet every time) - I might be replacing with my own that I can put in an RCA connector closer to the skimmer using the Apex break out box. Anyone found a good solution to retrofit the RO lid for another float switch option?
 

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I actually just installed my new Regal 250-INT today. To install the float switch, I had to feed the entire length of wire through the hole from the inside of of the skimmer cup lid and connected it to the controller. There's a gasket that keeps it in place.

The lid is removable and you shouldn't have to feed the wire through every time you clean it out. There's some pictures of what it should look like on their website.

https://reefoctopus.com/product/octo-empty/
 

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I actually just installed my new Regal 250-INT today. To install the float switch, I had to feed the entire length of wire through the hole from the inside of of the skimmer cup lid and connected it to the controller. There's a gasket that keeps it in place.

The lid is removable and you shouldn't have to feed the wire through every time you clean it out. There's some pictures of what it should look like on their website.

https://reefoctopus.com/product/octo-empty/
Thanks - I played and figured out the intended way to mount the float - which is just as you said. Note that the details photos on the 150int shows a threaded nut on the top of the probe when installed - which the current model does not use (which was part of what I was trying to figure out).

I had retrofitted a float switch to a breakout box on my apex in my previous skimmer and put an RCA connector between the float and breakout box - about 15" from the skimmer. That way when I cleaned the cup, I just unplugged it at the RCA connector and carried it with the lid to the sink - and I could clean both the cup and inside of the lid.

With the RO design - because the float feeds from the inside, in order to take the lid to the sink, I'd have to unplug that attached cable from the skimmer controller. For me, that controller is going to be in a cabinet outside of my stand in a cabinet for all of my electronic gear. It's not feasible for me to snake and resnake that cable every time I want to clean the lid.

My work around was to install my own float in the that I'll wire to that same RCA connection and break out box. The float I have is 8M threaded, so I just used an 8M hex coupler and put that in the grommet on the lid - and then fed the wires through that and threaded my float switch to the coupler.

It would be ideal if RO sold a bare wired replacement float, an extension cable (so you could have a connector closer to the skimmer, or put a connector in the wire to make is easy to remove the lid for cleaning without having to manage unplugging it from the controller.
 
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