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    Rubber plug sucked in one of the outlet holes

    I was learning how to open the new to us pool from the previous owner. I was going around and taking out the rubber plugs which are underwater. One of them got sucked into the wall as soon as I loosened it up! Must have been suction from the lines filling with water. Now the pump is running and the water didn't shoot the plug out. Any tips? I'm going to try a long reach mechanic's helper grabber tool thing to see if I can reach it. If that doesn't work- I have an air compressor- not sure what to use it on....
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    Re: Rubber plug sucked in one of the outlet holes

    Try shutting off the pump, reinstall the other plugs to concentrate the pressure, and turn the pump back on to see if it blows it out.
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    Re: Rubber plug sucked in one of the outlet holes

    How far back in the hole is it?

    If it's less than about 12" you can get a packing puller from Harbor Frieght (or your favorite tool place) and that may pull it out. They look like a corkscrew on a flexible shaft with a "T" handle.
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    Re: Rubber plug sucked in one of the outlet holes

    Thanks, I'll try that trick if the grabber doesn't work. I didn't have any tools with me to feel how far back it went. The plug has a metal "T" on the end, so it should be grab-able. At least it has pressure trying to push it out... I'll report back tomorrow when I head over there to rescue it.
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