The Solution: I use this handy net for about eight weeks in the fall to keep the leaves out of the skimmer mouth. After a short time they sink, where I can get them easily with a big net.
Step 1: Standard PVC Construction
Construction is pretty straight-forward. If you've ever made any kind of framework out of PVC pipe, you can make this. If you haven't, well, this will be good practice. I used 3/4" CPVC pipe because it's beige and matched the pool deck a little better. Before you glue it, turn all the labeling down so it's not exposed. See the little hole I drilled in the elbow closest to the camera? That keeps it from trying to float. Drill another hole above the water line so the piping will fill up.