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    Trying to close, but I can't seal one return

    I've got a tiny stream of bubbles coming out from between the liner and the return faceplate with the blower running and all of the winter plugs tightened. I never noticed any leaking during the summer, but the only thing I can guess is a crack in the fitting. I'm considering trying a rubber plug instead of the threaded plug to see if that seals back far enough to cover whatever it is.

    Any other ideas? This is bad timing for me, since I had knee surgery a few weeks ago and I'm limited in working on the ground.
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    Re: Trying to close, but I can't seal one return

    John, sorry to hear about the knee

    A #9 rubber plug should go in deep enough to seal the line. Alternately, a few wraps of Teflon tape on the plug should also seal it

    What you'll probably want to do before you fire up the pool next season is pick up an SP 1408 faceplate to replace the damaged one (I might even have one sitting in my basement )
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    Re: Trying to close, but I can't seal one return

    Thanks for the advice Ted. I already ordered a new plate and gasket "just in case". This would be easier to deal with when opening
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    Re: Trying to close, but I can't seal one return

    The tape did the trick. Got it put to bed for the winter. Thanks again Ted!
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    Re: Trying to close, but I can't seal one return

    No problem, John

    My bad on the part number You have the SP 1411 returns which require a gasket (the difference is in the 'screw hole' placement and that the female threads are in the faceplate, not the body of the return) (I still have one in the cellar if you need )
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