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    stuck sta-rite skimmer basket lid

    The simmer lid is stuck on my dads pump. It moves a few degrees but returns when you let go. Therefore it seems like the o-ring swelled up and is making it stick. I've cranked on it pretty hard with some big channel locks and tried a long breaker bar with no luck. Is there any tricks or something I can spray to unstuck it?
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    Re: stuck sta-rite skimmer basket lid

    One trick is to have the pump running when you try to break it loose. That can sometimes make the lid easier to turn. If it's the type with the notch in the top that accepts a 2X4 for leverage, you may be able to get some serious leverage that way.

    I have two of Sta-Rite pumps that I bought at an auction for parts that are on the trailer to go to the landfill. Both have good lids and pump housings, so if you break something I might be able to help you out.
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    Re: stuck sta-rite skimmer basket lid

    I have tried with the 2x4. It moves and looks like it's gonna go, but then when you stop applying pressure, it just returns to the original position as if it were siliconed shut; a very rubbery feel. I just can't break the grip that it has on it.
    15,000 gallon gunite pool, grey plaster with 8' raised spa
    Jandy PlusHP Pump 2 HP Dual Speed
    Sta-Rite 450 Sq. ft. Cartridge Filter
    Cleva-Chlor RP40HD
    Raypak 400k btu heater
    Jandy Aqualink RS-8 One Touch
    Savi Melody 12v LED lights

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    Re: stuck sta-rite skimmer basket lid

    How long has it been since it's been off?
    Sounds like the rubber o-ring has bonded to the lid and basket. Has vaseline ever been used to lube it?
    You may be forced to break it to get it off.
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    Re: stuck sta-rite skimmer basket lid

    Quote Originally Posted by n8huntsman
    I have tried with the 2x4. It moves and looks like it's gonna go, but then when you stop applying pressure, it just returns to the original position as if it were siliconed shut; a very rubbery feel. I just can't break the grip that it has on it.

    You might try pouring a gallon or so of very hot water over the lid before twisting.
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    Re: stuck sta-rite skimmer basket lid

    Not Vaseline but some sort of lubricant. White lithium grease or something. Its now been a while but initially it wasn't too long which is why I suspect oring swell. I'll try some hot water or maybe even a torch to get the lid to expand. Thanks
    15,000 gallon gunite pool, grey plaster with 8' raised spa
    Jandy PlusHP Pump 2 HP Dual Speed
    Sta-Rite 450 Sq. ft. Cartridge Filter
    Cleva-Chlor RP40HD
    Raypak 400k btu heater
    Jandy Aqualink RS-8 One Touch
    Savi Melody 12v LED lights

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