Iím replacing the air relief valve and pressure gauge assembly on the top of my DE filter and I canít seem to position the valve so that itís facing the same direction as it was before. After I took out the old valve and cleaned the filter threads, I screwed in the new valve without the teflon tape to quickly verify that it would be facing in the right direction. But it wasnít, it was pointing directly at me. I tried several times to screw it in with it facing a different direction at the start, but that didnít work either, it always ended up in the same spot. I compared the threads on the old and new valves and the threads start in the same place on both valves so when the new valve is installed it should be facing the same direction as it did before and the discharged water should spray behind the filter and not in front of it where the operator and the controls are. I figured it was the teflon tape that was going to help make this happen so I applied the tape and installed the valve. The valve is now pointing directly at the heater. Not the results I was hoping forÖ
If I loosen the clamp on the filter and reposition the lid so that the air relief valve is pointing in the right direction, will a lot of water come flooding out? I removed the old air relief valve a few days ago so Iím not sure how much water is left in the tank but I know a lot of water did drain out. I really donít want to remove the drain plug unless I absolutely have to. Itís been in place for 15 years and itís never leaked because Iíve never removed it. Itís really cramped quarters. It would not be an easy task at all and it would probably give me a whole new set of problems to deal with. So Iíd rather leave that alone if at all possible.
After I loosen the clamp, can I slowly turn the lid until itís in the right position or could that damage the seal on the tank? Should I take the lid off instead to reposition it? Itís a really tight spot, three feet off the ground with a tree just inches away so I donít have much room to work.
Should I try reinstalling the new valve again and see if it ends up in a different spot? I still need to install the new gauge but I was waiting until I got this issue resolved first. Does the gauge need to be screwed in all the way or just until itís nice and tight and easy to see? My systemís been down for several days now because of this and weíve had some incredibly hot weather so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.