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    Leaky pool connection

    Hello,
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    I replaced the skimmer housing (this is the before picture) but had to reuse the hose male smooth adapter (appears gray). And I reused the same clamps and white hose. It initially didn't leak but now I think there is leakage from above the hose male smooth adapter as well as from between the hose and the adapter. I'm not sure I used enough Teflon tape or applied it in the right clockwise orientation with the adapter to make a water tight connection. I ordered a new adapter which I will use to replace the gray one. Should I use Teflon tape again or should I use thread sealant (TFE paste with Teflon)? And should I use any sealant or other compound between the smooth adapter and the hose or are the clamps enough? Thank you!

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    Re: Leaky pool connection

    Not necessarily my area of expertise, but I'm going to try and get you some help.
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    Re: Leaky pool connection

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewdaddy View Post
    Hello,
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    I replaced the skimmer housing (this is the before picture) but had to reuse the hose male smooth adapter (appears gray). And I reused the same clamps and white hose. It initially didn't leak but now I think there is leakage from above the hose male smooth adapter as well as from between the hose and the adapter. I'm not sure I used enough Teflon tape or applied it in the right clockwise orientation with the adapter to make a water tight connection. I ordered a new adapter which I will use to replace the gray one. Should I use Teflon tape again or should I use thread sealant (TFE paste with Teflon)? And should I use any sealant or other compound between the smooth adapter and the hose or are the clamps enough? Thank you!

    https://www.amazon.com/Harvey-023030-Pint-Paste-Teflon/dp/B000FPDL7O/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1467037211&sr=8-3&keywords=tfe+paste

    https://www.amazon.com/Hayward-SPX10...ords=spx1091z4
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    I would try first without any tape or thread sealant. Personally I always use just a few wraps of Teflon tape on any threaded fitting that would be impossible to tighten without cutting pipe, otherwise, in a situation like this I would first try without tape first as it is removable/able to tighten after the install (just most likely inconvenient).

    If you do use tape, don't over-do-it. Too much tape and over tightening can lead to expanding the female thread to the point of failure (cracking).

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    Re: Leaky pool connection

    Pat asked me to stop by

    Are you going to remove during winter or from the looks of it this is a permanent setup..

    If permanent I would use purple primer and oatay PVC cement on both connections and make them permanent, no more leaks

    If not permanent, use this stuff
    Weld-On 87685 Blue Seal Plastic and Metal Pipe Thread Sealant with Brush in Cap Applicator, 1/2 pint Can: Amazon.com: Industrial Scientific

    I hope this helps
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    Re: Leaky pool connection

    The hose connection to skimmer is not permanent. I usually loosen the clamps and put the hose/pumpunit inside for the winter. Would you use the Weld-On sealant on both the threaded and slip-on connection?

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    Re: Leaky pool connection

    I am not sure, I don't think it would hurt, it is basically like contact cement, at least that is what I read somewhere here in the last 3 years
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    Re: Leaky pool connection

    where do you recommend purchasing replacement 1.5 inch pool hoses?

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    Re: Leaky pool connection

    how long should I wait before using the pump and getting the PVC pipe wet after applying the weld-on sealant?

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    Re: Leaky pool connection

    At least an hour but better overnight of you can

    I am using my phone so please excuse any spelling errors and short response.
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    Re: Leaky pool connection

    Get RectorSeal T plus 2. You can get it at Lowes or Home depot. Buy some gas line rated yellow teflon tape. Apply the Rectorseal followed by a few turns of teflon tape. I guarantee it will withstand any pressure. The pipe will burst before stuff leaks. Good luck. Oh, and the stuff does not dry out or get hard. It's wonderful stuff.
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