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Thread: removing square drain plugs from skimmer

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    removing square drain plugs from skimmer

    This might be a stupid question.

    When removing the square drain plugs from the skimmer should I be turning counter-clockwise or clockwise? The pool company closed the pool and I'm having a **** of a time trying to unscrew the drain plugs. I've been using a wrench to turn counter-clockwise but the drain plug isn't budging. There's not a lot of room in the skimmer for me to get sufficient torque to unscrew the plug.


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    Re: removing square drain plugs from skimmer

    hmm...any chance you can snap a pic of the plug?
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    Re: removing square drain plugs from skimmer

    since I've never seen a left handed threaded pipe I'm going with 'righty tighty, lefty loosey'. So counter-clockwise is the way to turn it when looking down on the top of it.
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    Re: removing square drain plugs from skimmer

    Generally put in with a large T-handle tool.
    Hard to take out with out that I would think.
    Lefty loosey, righty tighty

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    Re: removing square drain plugs from skimmer

    If you're using an adjustable wrench, put a short screwdriver through the hole in the end of the wrench to use as a lever.
    If there are two plugs, make sure you know which one to remove and which one to leave alone.

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    Re: removing square drain plugs from skimmer

    You may need a long pair of straight vise-grip pliers to get a good hold on the plug.
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    Re: removing square head drain plugs from skimmer

    I really should have another cup of coffee. But square drain plugs don't turn. You mean a square headed drain plug? Then Righty-Tighty, Leftly-Loosy applies.
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    Re: removing square drain plugs from skimmer

    darrenw, i know exactly what you are asking, i do this every year myself. Turn those square plugs counter clockwise with a good set of pliers and then you can finish off removing them by hand.
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    Re: removing square drain plugs from skimmer

    The 2" square head plugs in my skimmer come right out with a 12pt. 1 1/2" socket and two long extensions. But if you don't work on tractors regularly this might not be in your toolbox.
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