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    True or False? Advice From A Pool Store Guy

    One of the pool stores we dealt with in researching our pool gave us a piece of advice that I wanted to float (pun intended) past the experienced owners at TFP. He advised us to replace the gaskets on skimmers and returns every 2-3 years. I'm keeping a notebook handy with things to remember and wondered if I should add this piece of advice as a reminder while we go about learning to become functional pool owners. Opinions?
    - Michelle in SE Michigan (suburban Detroit)

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    Re: True or False? Advice From A Pool Store Guy

    Did he say why?
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    Re: True or False? Advice From A Pool Store Guy

    I don't replace anything unless there's something wrong with it. There's no use replacing a static seal on anything unless it's leaking.
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    Re: True or False? Advice From A Pool Store Guy



    Welcome to TFP!!

    IMO, you are doing more damage to the liner by replacing them, if they haven't failed.
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    Re: True or False? Advice From A Pool Store Guy

    I like to keep it simple.. If it isn't broken don't fix it. If it's broken, fix it the right way and be done with it.
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    Re: True or False? Advice From A Pool Store Guy

    I just heard the same thing at the pool store last weekend. They said it was because I am using bleach for the pool and it would cause the o-rings and gaskets to deteriorate quicker.
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    Re: True or False? Advice From A Pool Store Guy

    Sounds like a great way for them to make money selling overpriced pool equipment parts.

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    Re: True or False? Advice From A Pool Store Guy

    They said it was because I am using bleach for the pool and it would cause the o-rings and gaskets to deteriorate quicker.
    Well, that makes sense, doesn't it?

    I'm sure they would like for you to switch to 3" tablets because they don't....uhhhh, well never mind, they have the same thing in them as the bleach so that won't work.

    So, let's go ahead and switch to powdered.....X!!$%&?!! Doggonit! same thing as bleach, again!!

    Oh, I got it now, they want you to switch to a Salt water generator so your gaskets will be safe and sound and won't have to get eaten up by that nasty Chlor...... Holy Benoli! No matter what they want you to use, they all contain EXACTLY what's in bleach...CHLORINE!! Well, I'll be!!

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