Drip. Drip. Drip.
This is the part where I ask myself "why couldn't you just leave well enough alone?"
I had a working setup. I had plungers that were annoying but no leaks.
Now I have this...
Hayward return/inlet fitting. Black gasket thing on each side. I tightened it as much as I can. Still leaks. Tried my pipe wrench but of course it's not big enough.
I see no point in going further if I can't get this to not leak.
Question #1 Should I have used the O-Ring lubricant I have on the black pieces? (it's Aqua EZ silicone base o-ring lubricant for the O ring on the lid on the skimmer thing in my pump) and would that make any difference?
Question #2 Should I have used something on the threads of the hayward fitting itself?
It looks like it's leaking from the gasket though and I am worried that it is not lined up to cover the hole enough. Or is it just a matter of needing to be tighter? The intex one was just hand tightened so it doesn't seem like I should need the strength of superman to get it tight enough.
I'm trying to beg for help from my sister. I'm doing this alone with a full pool and I cannot see any way that I can loosen the fitting to try to move or better center the rings inside and out while I have one hand over the edge of the pool holding the inside piece on to keep water from exploding out at me... I already did the best I could and apparently that wasn't good enough.
I have other issues that are definitely going to come up after this because I have other threaded fittings to come and I already tested and found that even in the simplest configuration (screwing a hose barb right into the return to attach the hose directly without any other pieces) the threaded piece will leak.
So, question #3 If I manage to figure out how to get the first leak fixed, is this http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...8#BVRRWidgetID what I should use on the threaded hose barb piece? (or any of the threaded pieces for that matter..) BTW I have tons of teflon tape if that matters...
Not really sure what to do next. Hoping everything is rigged up ok out there so I don't come out to a half empty pool. The plunger I disconnected won't fully close so I have the whole thing still attached to the hose hanging on the pool with a bungee cord above water level so it can't drain. I don't think they ever seal completely...
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Here's my plunger/hose hangin' out waiting for me to figure this out. (this is still showing the intex wall fitting)