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    Had to remove the light. How should I cover the hole?

    There was a leak in the pool near the area of the light. I couldn't figure out exactly where so I attempted to remove the light. The light did not want to cooperate and I ended up trying to pry it off with a screwdriver. That didn't work so I got my husband to saw it off. Obviously it won't be going back on (but I did find the hole in the liner!). When using the screwdriver I ended up bending a couple of small parts of the wall near the hole. My husband is afraid that even putting a new light in the hole won't work because of the damage to the wall right at the hole. We never used the light, so we don't care if we don't replace it, but will if that is the best fix. What would be the best way to seal the hole left in the wall and the liner? Thanks!
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    Re: Had to remove the light. How should I cover the hole?

    "seal" is probably the wrong word, as the niche should be water tight even without a light present. So really what you want is a cover for looks and safety issues. Depending on just what got sawn off, the simplest thing might be to put the light fixture back in. It doesn't need to held in all that securely, one screw us usually enough. If the light fixture is too destroyed, you can make something out of a piece of plaster, you just need to get it to roughly the right shape and hold it in place with a screw or two.
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    Re: Had to remove the light. How should I cover the hole?

    Thanks for your reply! I'm sorry, but I am not sure what you mean by plaster?

    Could I maybe put an eyeball fitting on the inside with a pvc cap on the outside? Or would that not seal it good enough?
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    Had to remove the light. How should I cover the hole?

    I think Jason was thinking this is an inground pool.
    Was this light added to the pool or did it come with the hole for the light already in the wall ? The return fitting may work if the hole is about the same diameter as the eyeball fitting. What is the diameter if the hole ?
    I'm sort of having a hard time visualizing this. Could you post a picture of it ?
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    Re: Had to remove the light. How should I cover the hole?

    small picture of hole in pool.jpg
    Finally got the picture to attach! I took this picture last night. The diameter is 2 1/4".
    Thanks!
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    Had to remove the light. How should I cover the hole?

    I think if you could get a return fitting to fit that hole right, that just may work. You would have to get a 2 inch return fitting. Make sure to put a gasket on both sides of the fitting.
    Maybe somebody else has some better ideas.
    Jeff
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