I am in the process of closing the pool for the first time. The pool is drained and all plugs removed form filter, heater, pump etc. I am ready to put the cover on, except I can not figure out a good way to plug the return jets. I have removed the eyeball and the ring around it and I went and bought some #10 rubber expansion plugs. However, the plugs were a little too big. I even took the nut and washer right off to get it to the smallest point and it still just would not go in. So, I took them back hoping they had a smaller one, but they do not.
I went to another store and tried to find something similar, but no luck.
So, I got home today and looked at them again. I tried just putting a bathtub plug in, but it was too small. I did notice though, as part of the jet, there is an inner ring that screws in - I have not removed this. I tried by hand to remove this on both of my returns, but I could not.
My questions are - if I remove this inner ring (which was not removed the previous winter before I owned the house) I assume the #10 plug will then fit. But how do I get it off? I feel like using pliers may damage it?
Or, is there anybody who has any idea of how I could plug the returns with some sort of home made plug? I already tried pool noodles but my antifreeze just slowly leaked out.
Thanks for your help.