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    glue on return jet eyeball insert?

    I bought a Polaris vacuum that connects to the return port of the pump. I can get the eyeball and its lock ring off with no problem, but I need to remove the insert and it won't budge. Is there any reason an installer might use glue? I'm afraid I'm going to destroy it if I force it too much. There's not much room to get a grip with pliers or a wrench and the only area exposed is the threads for the lock ring.

    John

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    Re: glue on return jet eyeball insert?

    start out trying a rubber mat used to open jars
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    Re: glue on return jet eyeball insert?

    Thanks for the suggestion, but no luck. It still won't budge.

    For all who might see this thread and case I'm not clear in my description, this video is exactly it:

    Removing the Eyeball from the Return of your Above Ground Pool - YouTube

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    Re: glue on return jet eyeball insert?

    It looks like that frozen insert has a couple grooves internally where you might be able to insert a putty knife or a chisel or something else stiff and thin and then turn that with pliers.
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    Re: glue on return jet eyeball insert?

    I had that thought too about the grooves. All I'm doing is chipping and marring the plastic (it's too soft). I suspect I'm just going to have to destroy and replace.

    Thanks all.

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    Re: glue on return jet eyeball insert?

    I went to my local pool shop. Gentleman there gave me some great advice. CAREFULLY cut a section out of it using a hacksaw blade to relieve the pressure. No problems. Thanks for the suggestions!

    John

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