I am a new pool owner (2 months approx) and I have a Pentair Legend Cleaner with booster pump installed. A week or so ago I put a blue Polaris restricter plate on the back of the male insert that screws into a female threaded coupling that is glued to the rough plumbing and set in the shotcrete and plaster. Since I don't get a lot of leaves in the pool and don't want to put my cleaner in every night (booster pump on a schedule that kicks on from 3-5 a.m. with main pump ramping up too) but still want the increased flow for a couple hours to shake the pool up pretty good I tried the restricter plate on the advice of the pool contractor. I just didn't like the sound of the booster pump without the cleaner attached or the restricter plate on.
Since putting the restricter plate on the cleaner seems to be less effective so last night I unscrewed the male insert that the quick connect on the Legend connects to, removed the restricter, and screwed the male insert back in. In screwing it back in, I used channel locks to tighten the male insert. After doing this, I noticed a steady stream of bubbles coming from that return.
I am worried that I may have overtightened and broken the seal between the female threaded piece that the threaded male piece screws into and the PVC rough plumbing that the female threaded piece was glued to.
I talked to the pool contractor this morning and he said that my concern couldn't be the problem because air couldn't get in at the connection between the rough plumbing and the threaded female coupling because it is on the pressure side. He said if I had done what I was concerned with then water would be squirting out. I am not sure where it would be squirting out because the seal between the female coupling and rough plumbing is "in the pool wall" so to speak.
Any suggestions as to what is going on? I am pretty freaked out that I overtightened and broke this seal. Any help is appreciated!