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    Leaking equipment

    Had pool company open pool and after a few days, noticed a leak in what appears to be my magnatech century two speed pool and spa motor. He's a few pics:





    And a short video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ng_...ature=youtu.be

    Unfortunately, all pool service is closed for the evening and only a few shops will be open over the weekend. My guess is that it may be a few days before I can have this fixed appropriately. Has anyone experienced a similar problem? Could I need a simple part and possible buy something and fix myself?

    Maybe the almond gasket? (Part 9 in diagram)

    http://www.aquapoolstore.com/011523.html

    Or do I need a full pump replacement?

    Any suggestions or comments appreciated. Briefly, I'm a new pool owner that inherited a pool with the house. I've done well, with forum help, in maintaining the pool myself over the summer, but still rely on pool companies to open and close the pool.

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    Re: Leaking equipment

    This one is out of my league. Hopefully one of the more knowledgeable will show up and help.
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    Re: Leaking equipment

    If the pump is leaking water, you will need to identify exactly where it is leaking and then take apart the pump and make the repair. You might be ahead of the game to have that done professionally. It can be one of several things in your pump.
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    Re: Leaking equipment

    Take it apart and see what is going on. I've tackled these pumps myself a few times and usually it's just a seal gasket or two. Get your hands dirty and learn your equipment, you'll feel much better doing it yourself.
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    Re: Leaking equipment

    I did take it apart and tried replacing two gaskets. That didn't help. I am going to get some more silicon sealant and try replacing the seal plate. One of my hex screws seems stripped and I wonder if that is part of the cause. Will take pictures when I try again.

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    Re: Leaking equipment

    I think it is more likely the shaft seal, part 16.
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    The shaft seal also seems like the next logical place -- thanks for confirming. The Go-32 kit I bought has a replacement shaft seal, so when I get back at it, I am going to replace that part and hope for the best.

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    Re: Leaking equipment

    There are videos on youtube that shop how to tear that thing down to replace the seal. Also this:http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...-to-(w-photos)
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Leaking equipment

    Thank you for posting the link.

    I tried again and got as far as unscrewing the impeller screw. I just couldn't seem to be able to remove the impeller plate. I didn't try it the way it was demonstrated in the link provide above, with the vise grips. Rather just trying to hold the motor shaft from behind, which may not have been the most effect way. although, that area -- where the vise grip looks to be is where I feel my leak is coming.

    Rather than let frustration get the better of me, I think I may completely disconnect the wires and get the motor on table rather than continue to try to do this in the pool room on the ground -- as describe in the link above. Please provide any suggestions as to how to deal with a stubborn impeller plate/motor shaft disassembly.

    Of note, it looks like one of my hex screws (described as allen screws in the link provided) is stripped. Are these easy to find/purchase at a home depot or ACE hardware? If so, are they called something specific? I would think that the assembly is pretty tight, although I'm wondering if that might also be contributing to the flow?

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    Re: Leaking equipment

    I've never done it. I just posted the link, I didn't write the article.

    The bolts should be standard stuff, but finding them in Stainless Steel may be difficult.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Leaking equipment

    With the help of the link provided above, I was able to separate the impeller plate. The picture of the vise-grip pliers inserted underneath the motor really worked for my stubborn impeller plate. All the videos I saw simply held the end still and easily unscrewed it. It took a good 30 min of patience and repositioning until I got it off.



    Since I was replacing this seal, I decided I would try to replace the hex screw that got stripped (I know the pic is blurry, but you get the idea):



    Anyway, Home Depot didn't carry it (of course). So I bought a #4 1&0.5 inch screw and cut it down to size using wire cutters. After careful reassembly, no leaks as of yet. Thank you TFP!

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