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    Dumb question - tool to loosen salt cell caps?

    I'm taking over maintenance of my pool equipment, and since my Jandy salt cell is giving me an error code, I want to take out the salt cell and clean it, which looks very straightforward.

    Except that with all the force I have, I can't unscrew it and get the two end caps off. Both are incredibly tight. (Yes, I've read the instructions that they don't need to be more than hand-tight, but I'm not the one who last tightened them.)

    Any hints for this newbie on loosening them? The caps seem to have indentations on them, hinting that maybe there is a tool that's built to loosen these?

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    Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley)
    15k gallon in-ground (IG) pool (I believe it's plaster)
    DE filter (Heyward), using cellulose instead of DE
    Jandy APURE1400 3-port salt cell

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    Re: Dumb question - tool to loosen salt cell caps?

    A strap wrench often works well.
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    Re: Dumb question - tool to loosen salt cell caps?

    I'd also go the strap wrench method, but if that doesn't work, Channellock makes some nice pliers for "oil filters/PVC".

    http://www.channellock.com/oil-filter-pvc.aspxfilter

    I got mine on Amazon for about $15. Don't use it to tighten it up, though

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    Re: Dumb question - tool to loosen salt cell caps?

    Have used something simple like this

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    Re: Dumb question - tool to loosen salt cell caps?

    Thanks all. A strap wrench did the trick. It was a little tricky to figure out (the instructions said to look for a nonexistent arrow, and there's at least 4 different ways to use the thing) but eventually it worked and I got my salt cell loose.

    Tonight, we clean!
    Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley)
    15k gallon in-ground (IG) pool (I believe it's plaster)
    DE filter (Heyward), using cellulose instead of DE
    Jandy APURE1400 3-port salt cell

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