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    Rubber plug question for closing

    So I've fallen in love with this forum, you guys have been great.

    In my attempt to close my pool this year, ive doen everything succuessfully so far as i can tell. I removed the return 'eyeballs' and faceplate that screws on to keep the eyeball to the wall. My problem however, is that the rubber plugs i used last year wont seem to stay in the return socket.

    I'm not sure if they are the wrong size as i got the pool relined last year with new faceplates. I see that there are 4 crosshead screws that attach the faceplate to the liner wall and was going to unscrew them and try to put the plugs into the hole that way but i dont know if that is correct.

    I remember the guy that closed my pool last year had a metal tool to insert into the return line and unscrew the connecting piece for the eyeball. Perhaps that could be something i need as well?
    33000 gallon vinyl IG pool. s240 hayward sand filter. Full sun in NY area.

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    Re: Rubber plug question for closing

    Hayward makes tool, do a google search on Hayward SP1419T.
    BUT, Are the plugs you using have screws to expand them once there in place? if so Id look into slightly larger expanding plugs
    They should look something like this:Plug.jpg
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    Re: Rubber plug question for closing

    yes thats exactly what im using, but the rubber plugs do not seem to fit in the hole. The rubber plug is too large for the hole, thats why im not sure if i need to remove it with that tool you suggested, or just buy smaller rubber plugs.
    33000 gallon vinyl IG pool. s240 hayward sand filter. Full sun in NY area.

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    Re: Rubber plug question for closing

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    Re: Rubber plug question for closing

    A standard narrow putty knife is a perfect fit on many returns that need the sleeve removed in order to put the rubber plugs in.

    I would bet your sleeves are still in. And yes they make those rubber plugs in different sizes.
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    Re: Rubber plug question for closing

    What number is on the back? # 10 or # 11. I have 6 returns for # 10 and 2 in the steps for # 11. You may have crossed them.
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