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    eyeball removal tool?

    I finally found one but it did not work. The way my return eyeball is designed,the eyeball does not screw out, it is held in by the ring that screws into the port. So you cannot use the tool with eyeball in place,so what i bought is useless.

    Is there a tool that would work for this situation,or can I retrofit my returns with new eyeballs?The only way I could get them out is to use a hammer and pound a screwdriver to the rings,some of the plastic around the ring gets damaged and sooner or later I will need new ones.
    20,000 gallon viking fiberglass pool w/aqua comfort heat pump, pentair whisperflo pump 1.5hp autopilot dig-220 swg w/RC42 cell (42,000), pg2000 fiber optic lights
    hayward sand filter(medium is echoglass)
    Blue diamond robot cleaner

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    Re: eyeball removal tool?

    Try using needle nose pliers to lock onto the ring
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    Re: eyeball removal tool?

    i don't know if i understand what you're asking or not, but i asked a pool-friend the same question, about how to get ours out, and he said to unscrew the outer part (that sticks out into the pool, that you can sometimes unscrew just by hand) and then to use a wooden paint stirring stick, like from Home Depot, to wedge inside the larger opening to use as a lever to unscrew it. it worked for us!

    if that's not what you needed to know, i'm sure someone else around here will give you a better answer
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    Re: eyeball removal tool?

    I had to use channel lock pliers before.

    If you wrap the threads with teflon tape, this will make removing the eyeballs easier. I forgot to wrap the pressure cleaner adapter in the spring. Needed the pliers and already wrapped the threads for next year.
    Joe

    21k IG vinyl, 300 lb. sand filter, 1hp pump, Polaris 280 cleaner, 3/4hp booster pump, 240sq ft Fafco solar, Liquidator

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    Re: eyeball removal tool?

    The biggest problem I had was I couldn't get a good enough grip to turn mine by hand until I put a rubber/nitrile glove on. After that, I had no problem whatsoever getting a grip and getting them to turn.
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    Re: eyeball removal tool?

    I use a Quickgrip small rubber strap wrench. I use it on stubborn pvc couplers also.
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    Re: eyeball removal tool?

    I butchered one up pretty bad not long ago. Unusable, ended up replacing it. What worked?

    Shoving in a rubber winterized plug, and unscrewing. Plan on using one again if I have any trouble closing this weekend.

    Greg
    Kansas City, MO
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    Re: eyeball removal tool?

    I wonder if there is a lube you can use that might help. At this rate I will have to replace every couple of years. I don't know why they are so tight.
    20,000 gallon viking fiberglass pool w/aqua comfort heat pump, pentair whisperflo pump 1.5hp autopilot dig-220 swg w/RC42 cell (42,000), pg2000 fiber optic lights
    hayward sand filter(medium is echoglass)
    Blue diamond robot cleaner

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    Re: eyeball removal tool?

    A couple wraps of Teflon tape will help prevent 'sticky eyeballs' (as per Joe )
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

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