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    Leak around return

    Long story short.....we used to have an Aqualuminator installed in the return. We never used the light because we don't like fighting the mosquitoes at night when swimming. I always hated trying to fill the vacuum hose with the light fixture, so we decided to take out the light fixture and put a regular return back in. Problem is when we did that, for some reason the liner has moved downward and there is about an inch gap between the bottom of the return hole in the wall and the liner. No matter what we have tried the return valve doesn't seal the liner to the wall and we have a massive leak. We are not ready to replace the liner, but we need to figure out a way to fix this.

    Any ideas?

    One we thought of but don't know if it would work - use a patch kit and patch the liner all the way around the return hole, then cut a new return hole through the liner and patch. Would this work?
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    Re: Leak around return

    Sounds like something you could try, although I can't help but think that the liner has been compromised and needs replacing.

    Let us know how you make out.
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    Re: Leak around return

    If you can't get it to pull back up into place on a good warm day, you're best bet is to cover the entire place with a patch and cut a hole in the patch to accept the return fitting. That'll last as long as the liner will.
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    Re: Leak around return

    Thanks. We are going to try the patch - actually a double patch.
    24ft AGP 52in deep ~13,500 gal
    Hayward Sand Filter 250 lbs
    SWG
    1.5 HP pump

    425 gal stand alone QCA Hot Tub 15-20 yrs old

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    Re: Leak around return

    For those interested - patching the hole worked fine.
    24ft AGP 52in deep ~13,500 gal
    Hayward Sand Filter 250 lbs
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    1.5 HP pump

    425 gal stand alone QCA Hot Tub 15-20 yrs old

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    Re: Leak around return

    Glad to hear it. Bummer you couldn't pull it back into place though.
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    Re: Leak around return

    Awesome, great to know!
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