So I'm opening the pool (early, another story) and while I've never opened the pool (new install last year) found some videos and read the basics and all seemed good. Pulled plugs from returns and skimmers, installed plugs (2) in pump and replaced handles on 2 valves (not sure why they only took off two). Re-installed DE filter and re-clamped top to bottom via that funky clamp...installed air pressure relief valve and connected bottom drain cover on filter (big 3 inch looking cover).
Primed pump, and filter is leaking like crazy. The bottom drain cover is leaking and I can't fix it. After taking it off and re-installing several times I take it off an inspect it and realize the cover is 2 piece...and insert that has a o-ring type compression fitting that sets inside the bigger cover that has the threads. Now that I know where it's leaking and why (not tightened) enough I try again. It says to hand tighten only and I tighten as much as I can and it still leaks...comes right out of the 2 piece insert.
So the question is, #1, is this supposed to be 2 pieces?
#2, while it threads OK...I don't feel I can get it to seat fully, is it supposed to?
#3 I didn't lube the thread with anything...should I?
Need to get this thing running as I need the SWG to start generating chlorine before a bloom occurs (granted water temp is **** cold right now, but my pool gets 10 hours of sun a day and it won't stay at 50 something degrees for much longer.
So any help is greatly appreciated...I walked away for awhile as to not get frustrated and break something (I'm known for this) so hoping for some answers before going back out later.