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    Heater plug stripped

    I was opening the pool last weekend and the heater plugs and opening are badly rusted and one completely stripped. Right now I am unable to run my system because it is not plugged. I would like to just get through the summer with the heater and replace next spring. My buddy tried to weld it closed but had a problem with the welder. So now I am think to add a bunch of JB Weld to seal that opening off. Any other suggestions before I go ahead and go this route? Not sure if there are other plugs that I could use that would hold up to the pressure. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Heater plug stripped

    Is this the type of plug you're referring to? Raypak Drain Plug (006721f) - INYOPools.com
    Plastic or brass with T shut off?

    If you can get a Visegrip type wrench on that style of plug, you can replace it.
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    Re: Heater plug stripped

    There is nothing left on the inside to be able to screw into. Maybe a rubber plug that twist from the outside?
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    Re: Heater plug stripped

    Wouldn't trust a rubber plug then. Best of doing some JB Weld to close it off completely. Think they have a high temp version.
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    Re: Heater plug stripped

    What heater do you have so we can better assess the issue for you.
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    Re: Heater plug stripped

    Is there room to drill and tap it to the next larger size?
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    Re: Heater plug stripped

    I probably could have drill and tapped it, but I was in a yank and don't really have that skill set. My buddy was able to weld enough to get the bolt in and I put JB weld all over the place. It is holding just fine right now, but might still need to figure out a more permanent fix. Again, just trying to get through the summer and will replace the heater next year. Thanks for the ideas everyone!

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