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    Intex eyeball return

    How is the best way to remove the eyeball from an intex return. I tried with a pipe wrench, alligator clamps with no success is stuck.

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    Re: Intex eyeball return

    Rubber wrench. Not kidding, it's a real tool
    I use it on all kinds of pump connections. My hands are too small to get a good grip on some of the connections and a rubber wrench is just the ticket.
    Angie M.
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    Re: Intex eyeball return

    I just use the rubber wrench but it did nothing still stuck.

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    Re: Intex eyeball return

    I'm seriously not being sarcastic, but are you trying to turn it the correct way?
    Angie M.
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    Yes, counterclockwise. I tried both clockwise and counterclockwise and didn't move. Right now the outer ring has heavy marks trying to remove it with the alligator wrench.

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    Re: Intex eyeball return

    Are you trying to remove the whole 4" cover? Or just the small piece that holds the eyeball in place? Is there water over the return?

    Any way to heat it up so the plastic expands and releases? I'm thinking blow dryer with a GFCI plug but only if the water is well below the return, you're outside the pool, no one else in the pool and you tie off the dryer so it cannot fall into the water. Also your hands, feet and ground are very dry. I realize that water and electricity do not mix so every precaution would need to be taken. My only other thought would be a blow torch but that, if not done with fineness would melt the return and/or burn a hole in the pool.

    SAFETY is key. I have tried to think of every precaution but you know your situation. If you think it's worth a try, please be VERY careful. Take no chances.
    Angie M.
    AG, 26' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame, vinyl, 14667 gal. And LOVING it!!! Hayward S15922S 1HP, 2SP pump and Hayward S220T Sand Filter. Hard plumbed with PVC, added second return, intex SWG, Hydro Pool widemouth skimmer. Set up in May 2012!
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    Re: Intex eyeball return

    Just the small piece that hold the eyeball. Every time I tried to remove it I do with the whole 4" return cap outside the pool. Do you think the best way is to put it back in the return fitting and then try to remove it.

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    No. Outside the pool is better I would think. Try heating it up with the blow dryer on high. Maybe a couple of those rubber grip things you can put under plates to keep them from sliding? One to grip the big piece and one for the small one? May I ask why you are trying to remove the eye?
    Angie M.
    AG, 26' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame, vinyl, 14667 gal. And LOVING it!!! Hayward S15922S 1HP, 2SP pump and Hayward S220T Sand Filter. Hard plumbed with PVC, added second return, intex SWG, Hydro Pool widemouth skimmer. Set up in May 2012!
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    Re: Intex eyeball return

    To use the outside threads to make a fitting for a fountain.

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    Re: Intex eyeball return

    Check out this link to my install of a fountain. It utilizes the inner set of threads that are exposed when you remove the outer ring and eyeball. If you'll look at your return after you take off the 4" piece you have in your hand, you'll find 2 sets of threads on the piece left in the pool. The inner set is about 3" in diameter. Thats the set I used.

    i-installed-a-fountain-in-my-intex-ultra-frame-pool-t49416.html
    Angie M.
    AG, 26' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame, vinyl, 14667 gal. And LOVING it!!! Hayward S15922S 1HP, 2SP pump and Hayward S220T Sand Filter. Hard plumbed with PVC, added second return, intex SWG, Hydro Pool widemouth skimmer. Set up in May 2012!
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    Re: Intex eyeball return

    Any luck yet?
    Angie M.
    AG, 26' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame, vinyl, 14667 gal. And LOVING it!!! Hayward S15922S 1HP, 2SP pump and Hayward S220T Sand Filter. Hard plumbed with PVC, added second return, intex SWG, Hydro Pool widemouth skimmer. Set up in May 2012!
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    Re: Intex eyeball return

    Was out with my little girl in a volleyball tournament, will try it tomorrow.

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