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    Changing Light Niche sealing ring without draining the pool

    Hi. The brass sealing ring (10 hole Amerlite) around my light niche has corroded to the point that the screw hole for attaching the light has dissappeared. I have purchaed a new stainless steel sealing ring and the requisite seal. My quesiton is this...would it be a good idea to attempt changing the sealing ring without draining the pool below the light niche? I've seen some forum posts which have mentioned that it's ok to do so, but i'm a little reluctant, since i'm not sure what the implications are of getting water behind the liner.

    I'll do what I have to do, but my pool is a 20 x 40. If I can avoid draining and refilling 9000 gallons of water, I'd like to do so.

    Advice?
    20' x 40' inground vinyl 33k gallons
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    Re: Changing Light Niche sealing ring without draining the pool

    I was going to say yes until you mentioned the vinyl liner.

    Can't see any way to do it proper without draining down first.
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    Re: Changing Light Niche sealing ring without draining the pool

    I dont think you can do it withough draining the water, and draining that much could put your liner at risk.
    Even if you liner didnt wrinkle in the shallow end, it very well might leak around the light niche hole. That wouldn't be good either.

    If there were any way to put off replacing the ring until time for a new liner, that would be the best thing to do.

    If the biggest problem is the screw tab which holds the fixture in, you could try one of the things in the link below. THis is a common problem and this little gadget seems to do the trick.
    Pool Tool Light Wedge 132- Light Parts/J-Box- 132- Pool Products- DiscountPoolMart.com
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    Re: Changing Light Niche sealing ring without draining the pool

    Oh my gosh, Dave...you just saved my bacon. That is perfect! I'm a year away from a new liner...I'll wait until then for the niche ring. In the meantime, the light wedge will work like a champ.

    Thanks again.

    Mike
    20' x 40' inground vinyl 33k gallons
    Hayward 1hp Super Pump
    Hayward 30 inch Sand filter
    Polaris 360
    Intellichlor IC60 SWG

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    Re: Changing Light Niche sealing ring without draining the pool

    Glad I could help Mike..
    Divin Dave,
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