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    hayward skimmer HELP

    Very easy one or so i thought I have a hayward skimmer with a square head plug in one of the inlets that is turned in so tight i cannot loosen it. I have been trying
    to stay away from paying someone $100 to turn a plug out and hand it to me ad "there ya go" Anyone got any ideas. I was thinking of a pair of vise grips , but there
    is only so much room to get some leverage to turn it. Also thought of a gator grip but they dont make a 1 1/2" size wrench. thougths ?????
    In Ground 20000 gallon vinyl basic rentangular with Hayward filter and ancient looking piping system. Cleaned by a mid 2000's Polaris (jose) built in 90's I assume nice to hang out during summertime with the fiance

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    Re: hayward skimmer HELP

    Does it have a slot in the square?
    If so, just try a screw driver for leverage.
    If not, not sure what to suggest.
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    Re: hayward skimmer HELP

    no actually it is a square nub on top of plug there has to be a tool pool people use of some nature
    In Ground 20000 gallon vinyl basic rentangular with Hayward filter and ancient looking piping system. Cleaned by a mid 2000's Polaris (jose) built in 90's I assume nice to hang out during summertime with the fiance

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    Re: hayward skimmer HELP

    can you find a socket size that might fit it?
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    Re: hayward skimmer HELP

    http://www.toolsforpools.com/ part# COP-2

    If it's too pricey, you could make something but the time you spend doing that may make this tool worth it.

    It's on page 11 of their catalog.
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    Re: hayward skimmer HELP

    Measure the plug to get a good estimate of the size, my plug was an 1 1/2". Run down to your nearest Home Depot and pickup a couple different sized sockets from what you measured. You will also need an extension long enough to get to the plug and a ratchet too (if you don't have them already). After you get the plug out, return the tools you purchased from Depot.
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    Re: hayward skimmer HELP

    BINGO looks pricey for the actual tool. Gonna try to find a socket or gator grip or last ditch effort will be a small pair of vice grips that have a large enough bite to grab onto plug.
    Thanks to everyone helping like to slap the fool who decided to wrench it in there to eternity

    One other question to this dilemma i assume counter clockwise to loosen it..???? or am i tightening it even more?????
    In Ground 20000 gallon vinyl basic rentangular with Hayward filter and ancient looking piping system. Cleaned by a mid 2000's Polaris (jose) built in 90's I assume nice to hang out during summertime with the fiance

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    Re: hayward skimmer HELP

    I think a gator grip would be a good option ... 99.9% of the time ... righty tighty, lefty loosey

    So yes, CCW to take out the plug.
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    Re: hayward skimmer HELP

    ok thanks everybody
    In Ground 20000 gallon vinyl basic rentangular with Hayward filter and ancient looking piping system. Cleaned by a mid 2000's Polaris (jose) built in 90's I assume nice to hang out during summertime with the fiance

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