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    Tip for removing stubborn fiber optic wall fitting??

    I have a defunct Fiberstars lighting system in the pool and spa that I will be replacing with a niche-less LED system. I can't get this fitting out from the spa wall. The PVC is just under 2" diameter.

    Is there a special tool I should purchase? Local pool store guy didn't know what I was talking about when I mentioned removing an old fiber optic lens fitting. He'd never heard of a pool light that wasn't in a niche. I tried a pair of opened needle-nose pliers but the plastic is very brittle and just started to crack.

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    If anyone can help with a suggestion for how to remove this thing without destroying the wall fitting behind it, I'd be grateful!

    Also, I'm looking at the S.R. Smith (formerly Fiberstars) TREO LED retrofit light system to replace the fiber optics. They make a "TREO Micro" light that I was considering of my approximately 550-600 gal. attached spa, while I'll use the regular TREO in the pool. Does anyone have experience using the TREO Micro in a spa, and will it give off enough light for this application? It seemed to me that if the TREO is enough to light the entire pool, then it might be overkill in the spa.

    Thanks in advance!
    16,400 gal IG pebble w/ attached spa w/ spillway, DE Quad 100, Intelliflo VS (primary) & Whisperflo (spa booster),
    A&A in-floor (21 heads), Easytouch 8SC w/ IC40. Waterfall (powered by separate Pentair Whisperflo),
    Defunct Fiberstars fiber lights in pool/spa (planned upgrade to PAL/TREO LEDs)

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    Re: Tip for removing stubborn fiber optic wall fitting??

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    Re: Tip for removing stubborn fiber optic wall fitting??

    Something like this should work. Adjustable Spanner Wrench

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    Re: Tip for removing stubborn fiber optic wall fitting??

    You could also try a heat gun or hot water on it to soften up the PVC may make the needle nose pliers work without chipping the notches.

    Wait for more ideas before trying the suggestions below...
    As a last resort you could drill a hole in the light and use some JB weld quick to glue a bolt in the hole wait an hour or so and use a wrench to hopefully remove it. As a last last resort drill as big of a hole in the center as you reasonably can with out hitting the wall fitting and remove it bit by bit with the pliers working from the middle out.
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    Re: Tip for removing stubborn fiber optic wall fitting??

    Hmmm... Since I don't plan to reuse the fiber optic lens or strands, I may just go for a brute-force attack and break it up if needed. My main concern at this point is to avoid damaging the female threads on the in-wall fitting, as I'll need them for the replacement LED unit.
    16,400 gal IG pebble w/ attached spa w/ spillway, DE Quad 100, Intelliflo VS (primary) & Whisperflo (spa booster),
    A&A in-floor (21 heads), Easytouch 8SC w/ IC40. Waterfall (powered by separate Pentair Whisperflo),
    Defunct Fiberstars fiber lights in pool/spa (planned upgrade to PAL/TREO LEDs)

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