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Thread: Inlet leak, Gaskets not forgiving enough

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    Inlet leak, Gaskets not forgiving enough

    Hi All,
    My return inlet is leaking by the gaskets and leaking down the outside of the pool.
    Just did a liner and skimmer and new inlet.
    I noticed when installing the inlet (under water) that the hole drilled in the side of the pool created a ripple
    in the metal where the rubber gaskets sit.
    I tried 2 rubber gaskets inside and 1 outside but it still leaks.
    Do they make a gasket type material like plumbers putty that I can roll in my hands
    then apply to inlet and re-install.
    I see the epoxy type compound but concerned of its effects on the liner.


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    Apr 2015
    Sierra Vista, Az

    Re: Inlet leak, Gaskets not forgiving enough

    Welcome to TFP! Sorry about the leak. My guess is that because of the ripple in the metal that the gasket cannot sit flush with the side. You may have to try to get the ripple out.

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    Montville NJ

    Re: Inlet leak, Gaskets not forgiving enough

    Leslies pools sells pool lube in a tube. I put that on all of my gaskets.

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