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    stuck winterizing plugs

    Hi I am new to the post. I have an inground pool that we are just opening because of some construction. In my haste to open I forgot to pull the skimmer winterizing plugs and now they are stuck. Is there any trick to releasing them?
    18' Round AG, 54" Deep; 19" cheap sand filter; 1 hp cheap pump; about 8600 gallons

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    Re: stuck winterizing plugs

    What type plugs are they?
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    Re: stuck winterizing plugs

    black rubber plugs with wing nuts
    18' Round AG, 54" Deep; 19" cheap sand filter; 1 hp cheap pump; about 8600 gallons

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    Re: stuck winterizing plugs

    IF they're not sucked down into the pipe all the way you can take a big pair of pliers and wiggle them from side to side and that should help free them up.
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    Re: stuck winterizing plugs

    Thank you Dave, I purchased a pair of heavy duty pliers and they came out like butter!! You have made my day.
    18' Round AG, 54" Deep; 19" cheap sand filter; 1 hp cheap pump; about 8600 gallons

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    Re: stuck winterizing plugs

    Welcome to TFP!!

    Make sure you unscrew the wing nuts ~ 1/2 way before attempting to remove the plugs
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