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    Closet mystery

    Hi again!

    I am starting to get ready for opening my pool soon. I found these things in the closet. Can you help me identify them and tell me what they are used for in the pool?

    As always, I appreciate the help.

    This may not even be for the pool. It has a funny cut-out at the end.
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    Sorry about the pic. These are philips head screws. They appear to be stainless.
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    I am assuming the 3 items are return jets. The handle and rod are hexagonal.
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    Pic #1. Breaker bar/lever you use to put your winter cover on. Feed the spring/loop on the end, end of bar goes over the deck lug, and BAM goes your foot on the spring.

    Pic #2. Sheet metal screws. I have some that look just like that to hold panels of the heater in place.

    Pic# 3. On the money w/return eyeballs. Orange handled key is what you drive/loosen your winter cover lugs in/out of the deck.

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    Re: Closet mystery

    Did I win?
    Not quite. You forgot to identify the short white one....looks like a pen to me.

    (apologies to gkruske for a sorry attempt at humor)
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    Re: Closet mystery

    Dang....I knew I missed something
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    Re: Closet mystery

    Gkruske,

    I think you are correct on everything except the stainless screws. I don't have a heater. The previous owner placed them in a zip top bag along with the return jets so they must be important. Do you or anyone else care to make more guesses for the purpose of the screws?
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    Re: Closet mystery

    maybe the screws are for the top of the skimmer (the lid)
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    Re: Closet mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by hayfarmer
    maybe the screws are for the top of the skimmer (the lid)
    Now that makes sense! I've never been in a pool where the skimmer lid is actually screwed down.
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    Re: Closet mystery

    Sorry about the pic. These are philips head screws. They appear to be stainless.
    You can use a magnet to find out if they're stainless or not.
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    Re: Closet mystery

    Are there only two screws or are there more in the bag?
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    Re: Closet mystery

    I suspect the screws are for a drain cover. Skimmer cover screws tend to be flat heads. What inquiring minds want to know is what the white is on one of them? Is it plaster, plastic, or Teflon tape?

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    Re: Closet mystery

    I guess you could narrow it down this way....very course thread, quite short. Meant to be removed in just a few turns of the screwdriver for fast/easy access.

    PoolGuyNJ does make a good point....could be residual plastic on those threads.

    OR....have you checked the light niche?
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    Re: Closet mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by PoolGuyNJ
    I suspect the screws are for a drain cover. Skimmer cover screws tend to be flat heads. What inquiring minds want to know is what the white is on one of them? Is it plaster, plastic, or Teflon tape?

    Scott
    If I am remembering right, from when I had the pool empty in late 2008, (and did not replace the drain cover with a to code because I didn't know about that) the head of screw looks like my old style drain cover screws but I'm not sure about the threading and pointed end. The screws in picture look like "self tapping" screws, i.e., thread forming not thread cutting. Is that what is used for some drain covers? My old type cover does use two screws and they were stainless.

    http://www2.dupont.com/Plastics/en_U...ign/DCI283.pdf

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    Re: Closet mystery

    Does the pool have an auto-fill? Those screws look like the little short ones that hold the lid down on the toilet bowl float type auto-fills.

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    Re: Closet mystery

    The screws are non-magnetic. I just have 2 of them. The white stuff on them reminds me of pipe dope compound. I don't have auto fill on the pool.

    I have 2 holes in my skimmer lid that are counter sunk but these screws are too big.

    If this is for a main drain cover, do they go in the bottom of the pool? I don't have a drain cover in my closet. Why would you want to take the drain cover off anyways?

    LOL I haven't even seen the bottom this pool yet. I bought this house in December.

    I can't see my light niche either. I think I do have a light because I see a jbox sticking out of the ground. I don't have a light cover in my closet either.

    Looking for more ideas !!!!!
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    Re: Closet mystery

    I'd take a close look at the in pool return covers, where the screws pictured clamp the vinyl liner to the wall fitting. One of the covers probably is missing two(2) screws.
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    Great thread, lots of detail on the pictures! lol

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    Re: Closet mystery

    Barfus,

    The only way to figure out what the screws are is to ask Murphy. The only way to ask Murphy is to throw them away. Then the answer will appear.

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