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    water pours out of strainer basket

    I just moved into a house with an ag pool, Hayward sand filter and Columbia PMX pump. I took off the cover on the strainer basket and water started flowing out such that I was unable to get the cover back on until the flow was slowed somewhat when my friend put a hand over the (I think) skimmer. I was only able to get the cover on partialloy as the O-ring got squished and now there is a continual low flow out of the strainer. There don't appear to be shutoff valves in the suction and discharge lines. How do I stop the flow so I can properly close the strainer lid? Thanks.
    Hayward S210T sand filter, Columbia PMX 2 hp pump, aboveground poll, don't know gallonage

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    Re: water pours out of strainer basket

    Have you tried plugging the skimmer with a tennis ball?
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    Re: water pours out of strainer basket

    I try that -- thanks!
    Hayward S210T sand filter, Columbia PMX 2 hp pump, aboveground poll, don't know gallonage

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    Re: water pours out of strainer basket

    Plug the skimmer and turn the filter's multiport valve to closed. Do this anytime you need to clean the basket. But, don't forget to put it back after you get the lid back on.
    24' round above ground, 13500 gallons, vinyl liner, 18" Sand Filter

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    Re: water pours out of strainer basket

    Thank you!
    Hayward S210T sand filter, Columbia PMX 2 hp pump, aboveground poll, don't know gallonage

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    Re: water pours out of strainer basket

    You can buy winterizing plugs both rubber stoppers and screw in type plugs if the tennis ball idea doesn't work out.
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    Re: water pours out of strainer basket

    Thank you. Is it a good idea to install shutoff valves or is there a good reason an installation doesn't have them?
    Hayward S210T sand filter, Columbia PMX 2 hp pump, aboveground poll, don't know gallonage

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    Re: water pours out of strainer basket

    Shutoff valves can be a blessing and curse. They're a blessing because they allow you to shut off the flow if something starts leaking or you need to perform maintenance on the system. They're a curse because most people use standard ball valves (especially on aboveground pools) and they have a lot of head loss. Ideally you'd want to use full port valves (the hole through the valve is the same size as the pipe) or specialty pool valves which have very low head loss.
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    Re: water pours out of strainer basket

    Thanks!
    Hayward S210T sand filter, Columbia PMX 2 hp pump, aboveground poll, don't know gallonage

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