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    Broke my drain plug....

    how do I get the broken one out?
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    Re: Broke my drain plug....

    drain plug to what?
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    Re: Broke my drain plug....

    If this is for the pump, I also did this just last month. Twisted it to tight and SNAP! I used a screw extractor VERY carefully. Making sure to stay perfectly in the center of the plug, not to ruin threads on housing. It worked as designed. Good luck!

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    Re: Broke my drain plug....

    warning......those things only seem to work 1/2 the time. If you're lucky! I've NEVER had good luck trying to extract a broken screw of any sort.

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    Re: Broke my drain plug....

    Heat flat tip screwdriver up with propane torch, when hot insert tip into drain plug just a little way then pull screwdriver out. Quench the tip in water to cool. You now have melted a slot in the drain plug you can stick the screwdriver into to back the plug out.
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    Re: Broke my drain plug....

    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo
    warning......those things only seem to work 1/2 the time. If you're lucky! I've NEVER had good luck trying to extract a broken screw of any sort.
    I think they work all the time if done right...

    Agreed it was scary and if you get off center, threads on plastic housing could be messed up. Flat head screwdriver with torch sounds safer.

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    Re: Broke my drain plug....

    Melting a slot is worth a try.

    Myself? I have thousands of dollars worth of mechanic's tools. I'd start with a left-hand drill bit; very often they'll snag and unscrew whatever in a hurry. Kids, don't try this at home.
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    Re: Broke my drain plug....

    Yes this is my pool pump, triton tri1 sand filter
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    Re: Broke my drain plug....

    Is it flush, or is there a little sticking out? Could you get some vice-grips on it?

    I like the screwdriver idea...I will use that!
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