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    Leak where pump connects to leaf basket

    Hi,
    I've been trying to fix a leak where the pump connects to the leaf basket for over a week and I'm at a loss. We've replaced the o-ring, lubed it up, taken it apart and put it back together at least 8 times-tried having 2 people hold it together while a 3rd tightens it-and still a leak! I feel like we must be missing something, but I have no idea what. Any ideas appreciated. Here's a pic of the connection I'm talking about-the metal ring top right:

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    23500 gal, SWG, DE filter, pebble, spa, waterfall - I'm sure I'm forgetting something else you need to know!

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    Re: Leak where pump connects to leaf basket

    Here's a YouTube video about replacing a shaft seal. But your pump might be different that the one in the video, so I recommend looking at the video, then google for your pump model and see if you can find something similar related to your pump model.
    27,500 gallon in ground gunite/plaster (1995). Attached Spa with fountain, spillway, and 2 lion heads streaming into the pool. Hayward pump and AO Smith UST1152 1.5 hp motor (single speed). Hayward 60 sq ft DE Filter (Model DE-6000). Kreepy Krauly cleaner.

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    Re: Leak where pump connects to leaf basket

    Look for a crack. Isolate the area by shutting off the valves. Try using a colored dye and see where it seaps out. Basically a home brew version of non destructive testing.
    I don't have a lot of pool experience but I have dealt with several cracks in my job. They're usually in a seam area or someplace that gets bound or stressed.
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    Re: Leak where pump connects to leaf basket

    Ask yourself "how much seepage is acceptable?" I replaced my seal, because it leaked. Now it seeps. I accept that because all it does, is water a part of my lawn. If it floods your basement, that's a different story.
    Similar to what I may have dealt with a month ago. I replaced the seal as previously described. I would describe it as "easy" to replace. Pop the cap off the back of the pump motor, reverse thread the nut, don't touch the seal with bare fingers. Basic mechanics and plumbing. Probably more details in video, I haven't watched it yet.
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    Re: Leak where pump connects to leaf basket

    One other suggestion. Use a rubber mallet, and lightly tap the band in various locations as you tighten. There is probably a torque specification, but I doubt you have a torque wrench and I didn't use one. I just tapped until it felt right, based upon my superb mechanical skills and judgement and until the leak stopped.
    We use torque specs on turbine engines, but we still tap the v-bands with a mallet when tightening.
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    Re: Leak where pump connects to leaf basket

    Thanks so much for the ideas! I think that shaft seal does sound like the problem; visual inspection and lots of testing doesn't show any other issues. The leak is just enough to be too much for me to just live with, especially with the drought out here and the price of water =\
    Going to try that and see how it goes! But first will try the rubber mallet trick, at least to maybe help lessen the leak until we can get the replacement valve.
    Thanks again! I never would've known about the seal without this forum!
    23500 gal, SWG, DE filter, pebble, spa, waterfall - I'm sure I'm forgetting something else you need to know!

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    Re: Leak where pump connects to leaf basket

    You can do it. Pride in ownership as my HD friends say. Don't pay for what you can do yourself, or find a skilled buddy to help "for beer".
    Mark A. Shaw
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    Re: Leak where pump connects to leaf basket

    Another question: am I better off getting the part online or would a place like Leslie's have something like that?
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    23500 gal, SWG, DE filter, pebble, spa, waterfall - I'm sure I'm forgetting something else you need to know!

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    Re: Leak where pump connects to leaf basket

    Hopefully there is a label on your pump that tells the make and model number. If so, you should try to google the pump model and get the PN of the shaft seal. Then you can try Leslies, or try to find it online.
    27,500 gallon in ground gunite/plaster (1995). Attached Spa with fountain, spillway, and 2 lion heads streaming into the pool. Hayward pump and AO Smith UST1152 1.5 hp motor (single speed). Hayward 60 sq ft DE Filter (Model DE-6000). Kreepy Krauly cleaner.

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    Re: Leak where pump connects to leaf basket

    How important is $$$ vs time? I'll take time over dollars most of the time. In my line of work, time can equal lives or mission success. But in private life, it gets difficult to decide. What is this project worth to you? That seams to be the one variable not addressed on TFP (not being critical).
    I'm not Dave Ramsey, but what is your goal?
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    Re: Leak where pump connects to leaf basket

    *update* it was the shaft seal-replaced now and no leak!
    But now it sounds like a freaking jet engine. Found a guy who will refurbish for cheap I'm thinking of going that route instead of replacing the whole motor.
    23500 gal, SWG, DE filter, pebble, spa, waterfall - I'm sure I'm forgetting something else you need to know!

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