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    Use winter plug with air connection to compressor

    Hello all,

    Was wondering if anyone knew how I could convert a winter plug so that it could be connected to an air compressor.



    I think this would be ideal to just put it in your line tighten it down and then connect the air compressor to it to blow out the line, just not sure of all the parts I would need to make it work.
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    Re: Use winter plug with air connection to compressor

    Probably better to make a PVC fitting to screw in to do it. It would be very hard to mount a Schrader on a rubber plug, but easy on a PVC cap.
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    Re: Use winter plug with air connection to compressor

    Drill a hole in a PVC cap and install a tire valve in it?
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    Re: Use winter plug with air connection to compressor

    I got the idea from the tool they used in this video, I searched the internet to find something like this but came up empty.

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    Re: Use winter plug with air connection to compressor

    Just blow it from the pump end. Screw in an air hose quick connect into one of the pump drain plug ports. Use a 1/4" male/male nipple to make the connection.
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    Re: Use winter plug with air connection to compressor

    I was thinking that if you had this plug apparatus you could blow it from either end if you needed too.
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    Re: Use winter plug with air connection to compressor

    If you blow it from a return line, the line you have the air hose on will fill back up with water once you remove the plug. Doing it from the pool end from a return would require draining the water below the returns. Usually, if you blow from the pool, you blow from the skimmer.
    It's much easier to blow from the pump end if you blowing the returns wet.
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    Re: Use winter plug with air connection to compressor

    I live in Canada where we get a hard freeze in the winter so I drain below the returns. When I add my anti-freeze to the lines I like to blow both ways till I see a little bit come out each end, this just gives me confidence that I have the anti-freeze distributed throughout the whole line.
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    Re: Use winter plug with air connection to compressor

    Aha! I knew it had to be out there somewhere. Thanks X-Pert!
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    Re: Use winter plug with air connection to compressor

    I don't recall who the manufacturer of the in floor cleaning system was but it was a 20 year old pool right outside DC in Northern Virginia. The caretaker head (In Floor Pop-up head system) had a trapezoid shaped expansion plugs with stem valve...I could never get them to seal.....ugh

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