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Thread: thinking of changing out return faceplates when I close

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    thinking of changing out return faceplates when I close

    Each year, i have tiny bubbles after plugging my return lines with the threaded caps. The bubbles are tiny and they always go away once I turn off the blower at the pump. However, it still doesn't give me a great feeling. I've tried teflon tape but still get bubbles. I was wondering if the bubbles could be coming through tiny cracks in the faceplates? I can't visibly see any cracks when I look closely at them under the water but I can't figure what else could cause the air leaks when plugged. I have 3 returns plus a Polaris line. So, I would have to replace 4 faceplates.

    Even though I can't see any signs of cracking, would it be worth changing these out? Is it easy to do? I'd really like to have a Troublefree closing this year
    TF-100 Test kit, 24,000 gal. free form Vinyl. mybluepool AC-600 SWG, STA-RITE S7MD60 DE filter, 3/4 HP STA-RITE MPRA6D pump, Polaris 280 w/booster, Raypack Propane heater, Looplock mesh cover; All located in New England.

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    Re: thinking of changing out return faceplates when I close

    Wrap some Teflon tap on your winterizing plugs.
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    Re: thinking of changing out return faceplates when I close

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT View Post
    Wrap some Teflon tap on your winterizing plugs.

    Yeah....I've tried that but still get air bubbles.

    That's why I was thinking there is something wrong with the return faceplate. Or even the return fitting itself, which I can't access unless I chop up the deck
    TF-100 Test kit, 24,000 gal. free form Vinyl. mybluepool AC-600 SWG, STA-RITE S7MD60 DE filter, 3/4 HP STA-RITE MPRA6D pump, Polaris 280 w/booster, Raypack Propane heater, Looplock mesh cover; All located in New England.

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    Re: thinking of changing out return faceplates when I close

    You can also forget the screw on caps and buy those black rubber plugs with the wing nut. They come in different sizes for the inside diameter of your pipe. They work great. As you tighten the wing nut they expand. I quit fighting the Teflon tape and leaky pipes every year and have been using these the last 5 yrs.
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