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    Sweeper Pump Problem

    The little pump that powers my polaris 360 had started leaking at the intake and output connections. I tried last night to replumb it. When I cut the PVC leading to it and started unscrewing both connections I noticed silicon caulk around them. I had a feeling I knew why they were there, now I know. After screwing in the new connections and hooking everthing back up, I turned on the pump and water squirts out around the connections(from the thread area). I used teflon tape so that won't work. Is there anyway to make this stop leaking short of dipping the threads in pvc glue/silcone caluk and screwing them in? I haven't tried pipe dope. The pump works fine so I don't want to replace it. But I can't use it it leaks so bad now. I've searched the forum and didn't find anything on this. Thanks for your help.
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    IG liner, Sand Filter, Polaris 360, 18x36 oval, 29,000 gallons

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    I'd try pipe dope, but make sure it's the kind for PVC pipe. The other kind can cause cracking of the fitting or pump housing when you tighten it.
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    Well it's running for now.

    I went to the local pool shop and they said to put some silicone on the threads and tighten it decently by hand. I went by Lowe's and asked the guy in there and he told me I probably tightened it too much since it's PVC into a plastic housing. He said take out the fittings and retape with teflon and tighten it by hand. So far so good. It's been running for a couple of hours and no leaks I can see. Thanks for the help!
    --Guest Too
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    I have the exact same problem. How many layers of teflon tape did you use?
    2007 - 24' AG Doughboy Desert Spring dished 1.5', with DB Power Pak II-1hp pump, DB Sequel I Plus DE, Hayward H-Series Heater 100k + 8gal LQ.

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