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    Cracked gauge port

    I have a feeling I know the answer, but I noticed a drip from my gauge threads.
    After looking closer, I noticed that the plastic female port for the pressure gauge is cracked at the top and bottom.

    Is a new multi port the only fix?
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    - have been using liq chlorine and maintaining with bleach for 2-3 years.

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    Re: Cracked gauge port

    Hi Openbar, I guess the short answer is, depends on how bad the drip. If it's not crack badly, you might be able to put some Teflon tape or pipe thread on the gauge threads and gently reinstall. But chances are it will only crack more when you tighten it down.

    Someone will see this and maybe have an option that may work. I would think trying to seal it with some kind of glue or sealer would be a temporary fix, since ther will be anywhere from 10 to 20 lbs of pressure on the port.

    Hope that helps, let us know what happens
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    Re: Cracked gauge port

    Another thought, depending on whether the port sticks out from the valve far enough, you could possibly put a small screw clamp around the port and after you reinstall gauge then snug clamp down to prevent it from spreading open any farther. It's temporary at best, but would get you through the season.
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    Re: Cracked gauge port

    Drill it out and tap it a size bigger is another option.
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    Re: Cracked gauge port

    Quote Originally Posted by lefty51 View Post
    Another thought, depending on whether the port sticks out from the valve far enough, you could possibly put a small screw clamp around the port and after you reinstall gauge then snug clamp down to prevent it from spreading open any farther. It's temporary at best, but would get you through the season.
    That is exactly what I was thinking.

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    Re: Cracked gauge port

    I suggested a hose clamp to someone with the same problem just last week
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    Re: Cracked gauge port

    Just before you install the hose clamp (get stainless), unscrew the old gauge, clean both male and female threads and try sealing it again with thread sealant. The tighter you turn it, the more likely it is to leak so just barely hand snugged and see what happens.

    If the sealant works, that won't be nearly as cheesy as a hose clamp.
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