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    Above Ground return installation

    Hello,

    Brand new homeowner which came with an AG 12k gal pool. So, new pool owner as well. It's an older pool and since we bought the home in the winter...seems the previous owner decided it wasn't worth closing properly since he was leaving anyway.

    So, I've probably spent about $900 on equipment, chemicals, service, etc. Not to mention, several hours of work cleaning, maintenance, learning, etc. Haven't even swam in it yet.

    I have been able to figure out just about everything so far but I've become stump on something and hoping there is a DIY fix easier than what I have in mind.

    I noticed that the return is leaking on the outside wall. It seems to me it's been leaking for awhile because part of the wall is starting to wear away. I checked the return on the water side of the pool and the gasket (I think that's what it is) behind the return came out a little and disintegrated as I touched it. My thinking was that I would have to bring the water down past the return and replace it with a new one.

    But, I was HOPING there might be a better way and am requesting any advice on this. Is there any type of sealant that adheres to wet surfaces that I could put on the outside wall that would stop the water from flowing?
    12k 24ft AG Pool, 150sqft Cartridge Filter

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    Re: Above Ground return installation

    I would suggest you disassemble the return on both sides (yes drain to do so) and replace the gasket and any cracked pieces.

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    Re: Above Ground return installation

    Thank you for the reply. After another search of the internet, there seems to be something out there called pool putty. Anyone familiar with this and think it could help me temporarily at least?
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    Re: Above Ground return installation

    Quote Originally Posted by DennisD
    Thank you for the reply. After another search of the internet, there seems to be something out there called pool putty. Anyone familiar with this and think it could help me temporarily at least?
    It won't stick to the vinyl. Just bite the bullet and do it right. If it was me, and I already had the water drained down, I'd change both wall fittings. They're probably both the same age...
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    Re: Above Ground return installation

    Okay, thanks. The water is not drained down so that's why I was hoping for temporary fix. I bought some epoxy before seeing this.
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    Re: Above Ground return installation

    Okay, thanks. The water is not drained down so that's why I was hoping for temporary fix. I bought some epoxy before seeing this.
    12k 24ft AG Pool, 150sqft Cartridge Filter

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