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    do eyeball returns need thread tape

    I recently had a leak fixed in my pool and when the repair guys put the return eyballs back in they did not use thread tape. However, I can see that there was thread tape there before. Should i take them back off and put thread tape around the grooves?
    Also, they left one of them about 1/3 of the way unscrewed. Do they need to be screwed tight to the wall?

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    Re: do eyeball returns need thread tape

    No need to waterproof that joint really. I would skip the tape.

    1/3 of the way unscrewed would bother me......can you snug it down?
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    Re: do eyeball returns need thread tape

    Ok, I wont bother with the thread. Yes, I can snug it down. I will just have to take the top off and then adjust the eyeball and screw it in with the channel locks.
    Tulsa, OK,Gunite inground pool - lagoon finish - 20,000 gallons
    Hot tub in one corner that is raised about 3 feet and has two spillovers into the pool
    Small side pool with two pipes that jet up water and has two spillovers into the pool
    Has a sundeck at the front

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    Re: do eyeball returns need thread tape

    Teflon really helps when you take it out the next time.
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    Re: do eyeball returns need thread tape

    Quote Originally Posted by cfherrman View Post
    Teflon really helps when you take it out the next time.
    That's a good point. No need to waterproof it but the lubrication teflon provides would be helpful
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