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    Stuck pump basket

    Hello! My pump strainer basket is stuck! I've never had this happen before. It doesn't look like it's a problem that's been posted before, so I guess it's not common. Does anyone have any suggestions? We tried prying it out and twisting it out, but no success. Thanks!
    17,000 gal. 28 ft. round AG doughboy, about 15 years old. 1.5HP Hayward pump, Doughboy Silica II filter.

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    Re: Stuck pump basket

    This happens to mine all the time and really pisses me off. I just step back, take a deep breath, and try again. Eventually it comes out. Mine is plastic in a metal casing so it's easy to get a bit twisted and jammed.

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    Re: Stuck pump basket

    Does it look like it is full of debris?
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    Re: Stuck pump basket

    It was very full. (I'm working on a swamp right now ) I've scooped and flushed most of the debris out.
    17,000 gal. 28 ft. round AG doughboy, about 15 years old. 1.5HP Hayward pump, Doughboy Silica II filter.

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    Re: Stuck pump basket

    Is the basket still stuck?
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    Re: Stuck pump basket

    Yes, it is till stuck. I should explain that my work on the pool is on hold for a few days, while I wait on testing supplies. I can still use the pump, since I can get most of the debris out of it, so eventually my husband will have to take a look at it and see if he can get the basket out.
    17,000 gal. 28 ft. round AG doughboy, about 15 years old. 1.5HP Hayward pump, Doughboy Silica II filter.

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    Re: Stuck pump basket

    Try to feel the bottom and sides of the basket to see if there are any cracks in the structure.
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    Re: Stuck pump basket

    Dont turn it with a lever..

    Mine was stuck untill I inserted a lacrosse stick to get more leverage. I cracked the pump housing basket! I was trying to prime my pump for initial start up last night. To fix it temporarily I have coated it with pvc glue. This mourning it did start up and didnt leak visably, but I turned it off due to the fact I want to be there when it is running for now.

    I am trying to loacate a pump housing for my pentair pinnacle 1 hp model # 342854 but cant find any.

    Where is the best place to buy pumps??
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    Re: Stuck pump basket

    This place has parts. They are nice folks, they are going to try and help me find a replacement light for my pool Friday. Lucky for me they are only about a mile from my house! I think they do free shipping on most orders, too.

    http://www.poolplaza.com/C-Pentair-Pump-Parts.html
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    Re: Stuck pump basket

    Thanks and they do have them...

    but the cost of a part is $160 ish, plus a new cover $33 so I can actually see into this 5 year old pump. But I may get a new pump, the pinnacle has been replaced by the super flow and they are about $270.

    Cant see going for the varable speed pumps they are well over $800 but they claim to be able to save half that in electic and my elec is at about 18 cents -I think. That pump could pay for itself in 2 years - which seems like a great payoff.
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    Re: Stuck pump basket

    I'm doing that same math right now, to determine if a 2 speed or variable will pay for itself ...
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    Re: Stuck pump basket

    Thanks to everyone who replied. I got the strainer out finally by sticking a big flat-head screwdriver under the handle and prying until the handle broke through. Then I stood over it and pulled on the two broken pieces twisting and wiggling it till it finally came out. I think I've had more physical activity getting this pool up and running than I had all winter!
    17,000 gal. 28 ft. round AG doughboy, about 15 years old. 1.5HP Hayward pump, Doughboy Silica II filter.

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