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    How hard is this leak to fix?

    I changed the sand in my Purex Triton filter late yesterday, and with the new back pressure I got a new leak. The back pressure is about 7-10 pounds higher than previously, at 24psi now.
    The leak is coming from the seam in the black piece, shoots about 6' high, leaks for about an inch around it's diameter. I can shoot a pic of it in action, or even a video if you need. I'm wanting to know if I take the white screwed union apart, can I tighten the 2 halves of the black fitting or is it a glued piece that will need to be cut loose, new sand drained, and new black piece installed from inside the filter.
    Thanks, Shell
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    Re: How hard is this leak to fix?

    It is difficult to tell for sure from what you have posted. The most likely kind of failure is that something has worked lose and just needs to be tightened. But is is also possible that something cracked/broke in some way and needs to be replaced. If 6' means 6 feet, then a crack is perhaps a bit more likely than a loose connection. If you opened up that union, do you think you would be able to move the pipe far enough out of the way to see inside the fitting on the side of the filter? That would help locate/identify a possible crack and also let you get a better idea if the fitting is simply loose.
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    Re: How hard is this leak to fix?

    Later this afternoon I will search for a PDF with an exploded view of my filter. That should tell me what I need to know. Unfortunately I did mean 6 feet. Thank you for your response, and I will post up again when I get to disassemble it further.
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    Re: How hard is this leak to fix?

    Woah. The leak stopped after I backflushed. Scratch that off my list.
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    Re: How hard is this leak to fix?

    Quote Originally Posted by shellsingleton
    Woah. The leak stopped after I backflushed. Scratch that off my list.
    Watch out..leaks don't fix themselves, it may still be leaking at the lower pressure, just not as obvious. As you pressure creeps up, the leak most likely will show up again.
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    Re: How hard is this leak to fix?

    I know.
    Just looking at a busy day already and glad to be able to postpone it.
    Thank you for looking out.
    7x7 spa drains>16K IG, Gunite/Plaster, Compool 3600, Purex Triton Minimax Plus 350, Sand Filter, 8 Gal Liquidator

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