A couple of weekends ago, I tried to remove my Intellichlor SWG and put the Spacer Cell in its place. I could get the fitting on the ‘inbound’ water flow side off easily, but the ‘outbound’ side’s fitting would not budge...
I got a Strap Wrench and, this past weekend, worked with it and worked with it until I felt something give, and the fitting very reluctantly finally came off. The strap wrench was damaged and the black fitting cracked, due to the fact that I had to use so much pressure.
This is what I found:
The threads on the black fitting were ruined. White plastic from the threads on the SWG had bonded to the black fitting’s threads.
The threads on the SWG were also ruined. A portion of the threads broke off, since they were molded to the black fitting. Black from the black fitting appears to have ‘melted’ or ‘molded’ onto the white SWG threads.
Here’s my questions:
The threads on the SWG look “fat” or thick (and rounded)…do you think that's the way they were originally? If so, shouldn’t the black fitting have threads to match those ‘fat’ threads, rather than the regular ‘thin’ threads?
Also, if the threads were originally “fat” on the SWG, why did the installers use a fitting that was forced onto the threads, messing up the threads in the process?
OR if the threads were originally ‘thin’ on the SWG, what made them get ‘fat’ and rounded and molded to the black fitting?
Anyway, I'm hitting the PB with this tomorrow, since they installed this in May, but I just didn't know if any of you guys had ever seen anything like this?