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Thread: How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance?

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    How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance?

    How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance on an above ground pool? I have shut offs at the beginning of the pump and end of filter. I wanted to change the position of my hoses. Are there better options than a rag in the skimmer port and a bucket in the pool over the eyeball return? Is there a part sold that would perform this function?
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    Re: How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance?

    Blue tac... this i have used for many years for return eyeballs and skimmers...
    Pressure of water keeps it in place.... hope this helps.

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    Re: How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance?

    Interesting........... It's almost like silly putty right?
    Location: Long Island, NY
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    Re: How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance?

    Use rubber plugs. They come in many sizes and have a small nut on them, when tightening they expand to seal the hole. Any hardware store sells them, rather cheap too. Marine stores sell them as boat owners use them as well. https://www.amazon.com/Rubber-Winter...s=rubber+plugs

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    Re: How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance?

    ok cool thanks. can this be used for both the return and the skimmer???? I have the aquador and threaded plug for the return for winter. This would just be to use every now and then This looks like what I need.
    Location: Long Island, NY
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    Filter: Pentair 1 HP Optiflow Pump w/ Clean & Clear 75Sq Ft Cartridge Filter
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    Re: How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance?

    I have the aquador as well. It's so tight, that it's a PITA to take off so I only use it for winter closing. These little plugs work great in both the skimmer and return.
    Doughboy 12' x 20' Saphire semi-AG, Installed 2012
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    Re: How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance?

    Great thanks. !!! Do you use this to plug your return in the winter? Or do you use the threaded plug and take off the return piece with that slotted Hayward tool


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    Re: How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance?

    Quote Originally Posted by richierich View Post
    Great thanks. !!! Do you use this to plug your return in the winter? Or do you use the threaded plug and take off the return piece with that slotted Hayward tool


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    Yes, I use this plug in my return for winter closing. I take off the eyeball cover & eyeball and insert this into the hole. Been using it for 5 years now. Had a problem the first year, ice built up in the pool and shifted the wingnut causing the plug to fall out. I just insert it a little deeper into the hole and have not had a problem with it since.
    Doughboy 12' x 20' Saphire semi-AG, Installed 2012
    Waterway 1.5 HP 2 speed, 100 sqft cartridge filter
    Aprox 7000 Gal, Full sun, 85K heat pump,
    TF-100 test kit

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