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    help drain plug broke off

    I was cleaning my filters today and decided to throw some lube on the pumps drain plug. After doing do I overtightened it and it snapped off with the plug inside the threads Anyone have any suggestions on how to remove it without damaging the threads?
    13k IG pebble pool w/waterfall, 1hp whisperflow pump, pentair ccp320 cartridge filter
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    Re: help drain plug broke off

    heat tip of screwdriver and melt in a slot on the plug , then cool screwdriver and unscrew plug

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    Re: help drain plug broke off

    **** should have thought about that, Talked to a mom and pop pool store and guy suggested tapping it with a flat head then unscrewing it. Worked after several attempts and 2 different size screwdrivers. Now the hunt for a replacement plug locally. Thanks again for the tip I think that would have worked a **** of a lot easier
    13k IG pebble pool w/waterfall, 1hp whisperflow pump, pentair ccp320 cartridge filter
    Circupool SI45+ swg
    TF100 +speed stir Taylor 1766 salt test

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    Try a cork until you get the right plug. Go to a local craft store or maybe HD and get a bag of assorted sizes for a buck or so. After you cram it in, you might have to get it out w/ a cork screw.

    Why this suggestion? The service that closed my pool one year somehow removed a plug from my heater & stripped the threaded socket in the process. No reason for them to remove it in the first place and now the plug won't screw back in. Can't isolate the heater - filter to heater to pool only - and water is pouring out the hole. Anxious to get the filter running, I grabbed a bag of corks I had and gave one a try. I, of course, intended to promptly do a righteous fix, but now, 5 years later, the cork is holding fine.

    Good luck!
    36K gallon 42X22 gunite/plaster kidney-shaped IG;
    1 hp Hayward Super Pump (new in 2012);
    Hayward S244T sand filter w/ Zeosand (both new in 2009);
    175K BTU LAARS Lite2 LG natural gas heater; Polaris 380;
    TF-100 test kit.

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