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    How to eliminate a Chlorinator

    Thanks to this website i am on the right track with chlorinating my pool with liquid bleach.
    My pool is still setup with the old chlorinator that takes the 3-in tablets. I have just been running the pool with it empty the last couple seasons.
    This season I want to eliminate it. Do they make plugs for the ports that the chlorinator plugs into on the inlet and return lines? Should i run a continuous piece of 3/8 tube between the two ports? I really don't want to have to cut out the ports and glue in new sections of pipe. Any advice would be appreciated.
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    Re: How to eliminate a Chlorinator

    I had an inline chlorinator when I bought the place. I removed the black tubing going to the connectors (on the in and out pvc plumbing) then cut
    some of that tubing long enough to be fully seated (just as before) as well as a bit longer (1 or 2 inches i think) then
    stuffed it with liquid nails sealant and a stainless steel bolt (for both) then used little automotive fuel line clamps
    to secure the bolts to the tubing.

    Haven't had any leaks.
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    Re: How to eliminate a Chlorinator

    Why remove it? If there is no leaking, I would just leave it.

    Could be useful for raising the CYA if needed or while on vacation.
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    Re: How to eliminate a Chlorinator

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Why remove it? If there is no leaking, I would just leave it.

    Could be useful for raising the CYA if needed or while on vacation.
    That's a good point. Unfortunately, i broke the inlet valve on the chlorinator off. I dropped it while taking it out of storage.
    Here is picture of what i was wanting to plug or eliminate.
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    Re: How to eliminate a Chlorinator

    Yep thats the same type I had on the plumbing.

    Mine had to be removed, it was cracked and would have needed replacement.

    I would have removed it anyways though, they put it right in front of the door and
    you'd have to very carefully walk around it to access anything.
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    Re: How to eliminate a Chlorinator

    Just take a solid piece of rubber about the size of the washer that's under there now and remove the fitting and place the rubber under the clamp and tighten it down.

    Alternatively you could remove the fitting and clamp, then tap the pipe and install a plastic threaded plug in the hole. It would probably tap to 1/4" NPT.
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    Re: How to eliminate a Chlorinator

    I had the same situation when I wanted to remove my Rainbow 320. I drilled and tapped for a 3/8" plug on each of the two holes. Worked great. Use around 3 turns of Teflon tape when installing plug. The plug was a little hard to find, but got it at McMaster- Carr.

    Plug:https://www.mcmaster.com/#4596k72/=17o1dqo

    Tap is 3/8-18

    Drill size for the Tap is 9/16"
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    Re: How to eliminate a Chlorinator

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I appreciate all the advice.
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