I guess the hard winter in Georgia has caused damage to my filter and multiport. Yesterday I backwashed and when I put the multiport back on "filter" I didn't notice that all the water did not completely divert back to the pool. My flow gauge was operating and I saw the flow to the pool so I went inside for a conference call. Later I looked out and my water had dropped 12" or so. Basically the multiport did not completely seal back to the "filter" mode. After smacking it on top with my hand and jiggling the handle I suppose it sealed. I assume that now I will go by a spyder gasket and replace it, probably this afternoon. I have heard they go bad but I feel I have been very careful with the valve for the 2 1/2 years of it's life. I'm a bit afraid I will be out of town and something go terribly wrong
My bigger problem is now the "Manual Air Relief Body Assy" # 27-3564. As you will see in the photo I have small cracks where the pressure gauge screws in and it is dripping water. I took out the gauge (in bad shape after only one year old) and put a 1/4" plug in the hole (hoping it was just the gauge). It still leaks. That part goes for between $60 - $100 so I am looking to try and repair it. I have thought about epoxy around the cracks, inside and out and / or painting with the rubber cement that I was going to purchase for the spyder gasket install. I really don't care much about installing another gauge since they don't last long and flow seems to be a better way to know when to back wash than pressure. If I can fix it and still use a gauge then that would be ideal but if I had to completely block the hole I'm okay with that. This may just be a temporary fix but I thought I would give it a try.
Any other ideas on fixing this? Also any links to the Spyder gasket (271148) replacement procedure would be excellent.