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    New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    Hi,

    I have searched the internet for hours and could not find any info.

    I bought a house with a pool and tried to open it myself. All is well except I can't get the water returning from the pump to the pool. There was a round clear plastic plug on the deep end, I removed it and broke it during removal (screw in, has 2 dimples for tools which I noticed AFTER I broke it). Now there is some sort of glass fiber rope sticking out of a little screw-on nozzle. I am afraid to pull the rope out as it does not want to come out easily. The pool outlet looks like the one on the top left:



    And there is a loose nozzle on the end of a glass fiber rope going into it. And no
    water coming out of it

    Should I yank this rope thing out? what is it?
    24,000 gallons vinyl in-ground pool, Aqua Genie skimmer, Hayward DE filter DE2400C

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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    Someonw will be along shortly who can help you.

    I just wanted to say Welcome to TFP!

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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mermaid Queen
    Someonw will be along shortly who can help you.

    I just wanted to say Welcome to TFP!
    THANKS!!!

    I'm really late opening the pool as we are just moving in. The water is pretty ugly so I would like to get the filter running soon... then i will DE-BAQUAGOOP the pool, I have three 5 gallon carboys of chlorine ready to pounce.
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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    Welcome to TFP!!

    I hate to tell you this but ... that's your pool light You've got Fiberstar or similar and that is the cover for your fiber optic lighting You probably also have some ~3/8" whitish rope all around the perimiter, it's also the fiber optic lighting. DO NOT YANK IT OUT

    The good news is that the light should still work (there's no power passing through the fibers), however the plastic piece is also the lens and if the light source is below water you may now have a leak

    We've got a box of old fiber optic stuff at work - I'll TRY to remember to see if a lens is in there - in the meantime, if there is a leak, put a regular plug in there 8)
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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    Wow, fiber optic light, that makes sense!!!

    here is a picture I took with my I-Phone.

    the pool does not seem to be leaking...

    I guess the filter return line is elsewhere, it's so dirty I can't find it, I wonder how deep it might be???



    and the broken lens:



    Glad I did not yank too hard!!!

    I also have some really ugly whitish rope around the perimiter, I guess I have to test the pool lights when it's dark out and see what happens.

    THANKS!!!
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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    OMG wow that makes sense! I was totally thinking "glass fiber rope in the return????
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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    Sorry I missed posting yesterday (worked 13 hours ) The returns are usually ~ 14 1/2" below the coping - you can use your wall brush to feel along the walls for them 8)

    I also forgot to see if we still have a lens (my regular partner was out sick and I had to worry about more things than I usually do to make sure we were stocked for the day ) I'll try to remember to look for one next time I work (looks like 4 days of rain here in Ct )

    Find the returns and get that pool circulating and shock it hard!
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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    the return was a big rectangle RIGHT UNDER the skimmer... odd.. it was plugged so I unplugged it and the pool is running!

    the baqcacil was very low so shocking the pool with chlorine did not make any funny colors.

    The lighting system is FIBERSTARS. I could not get the light on, there is a big light on top of the fiberstar unit near the pool and it would not come on, maybe needs a new bulb.

    Time to check the levels in the pool, hope we can get it cleaned up as it's NASTY...

    thanks again!
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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    I found a lens for Fiberstars It's not the same dome one you ruined, but should still work - if you'd like me to send it to you, PM me a mailing address and you should have it by next weekend 8)
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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    Awesome!

    I am in CT too, will pm my address.

    After a few vaccuums and shocks the water is looking quite good!!!

    thanks for the help!
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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    Quote Originally Posted by waste
    I found a lens for Fiberstars It's not the same dome one you ruined, but should still work - if you'd like me to send it to you, PM me a mailing address and you should have it by next weekend 8)
    Ted,

    THANKS SO MUCH!!! It looks perfect!!!

    This is the best forum I have ever seen, I hope that I will be able to help people out once I have some experience with my pool.

    Thanks again!
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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    now that its starting to look good, Get some pictures!
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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    Glad you got it and happy to have been able to help! 8)
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    Re: New owner of used pool can't figure out odd winter plugs

    Quote Originally Posted by excondoguy
    the return was a big rectangle RIGHT UNDER the skimmer... odd.. it was plugged so I unplugged it and the pool is running!

    the baqcacil was very low so shocking the pool with chlorine did not make any funny colors.

    The lighting system is FIBERSTARS. I could not get the light on, there is a big light on top of the fiberstar unit near the pool and it would not come on, maybe needs a new bulb.

    Time to check the levels in the pool, hope we can get it cleaned up as it's NASTY...

    thanks again!

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