I've had my pool with a Hayward Powerflo XL pump for three years. Last year the lid to the strainer basket broke and had to be replaced. The original was tinted and the new one was clear. I didn't have any trouble getting the old lid off and on but the new one has been nearly impossible to get on and off for me. I literally had to put all my weight on my knee to push it back down on there and ended up not being able to get it back on at all. I had to use a metal bar to turn it to get it off. I tried the old O ring, the new O ring, have lubed it all up good and I still can't get it on and off myself. I have to get my strong brother to do it and he even has a really hard time getting it. It has to be hammered on.
I checked with a local pool place and they recommended replacing the strainer housing. I ordered one and it's the same way. Anyone else had this problem??? I don't want to keep buying parts I don't need.