First time poster. Want to thank everyone for help on questions before this one! I just can't find the answer to my current problem and am hoping someone has seen this...
I had a service and the tech wasn't very good. Eventually I let them go and I am back to taking care of my pool, which I am really enjoying. I've done some stone repair (older pool) and cleaned my filter which was fun, if you like cursing! But, I did get it put back together and felt great that I'd saved all that money!
So, it came time to backwash and as I turned the handle, I realized the housing was cracked. Looked like my guy really tried to rip the handle out without turning 90 degrees to unlock it! Really strong guy to crack it but, not terribly bright. Short story long... I turned the handle and pulled up and the handle came all the way out, with what looked like the "first stage" of the rod. At the end of the rod is a hole that looks like it would take a kotter pin or something, to attach it to a lower rod?????
The valve is a Hayward SP 722-d. I turned the locking "lid"/top and removed the top gasket/rod guide assembly exposing the "guts". Inside was another plastic "rod guide" (like a straw but, cut in half longwise, eventually meeting a base in one piece). But, it would not pull up and felt/appeared fixed in place. I've seen mention of screws but, can't tell if the reference is to this piece (they say the top... not sure if they mean the "top" I could just turn with my hand to release the handle. I can't find a diagram SPECIFICALLY for my valve. Many "close" but, none identical. There is water in the valve and I can't see the base of this "rod guide" or feel screws but, + can't reach in there very well.
Anyway, after all of this table setting... can someone tell me how to get the guts out of this backwash valve, so I can rebuild it? \
Thanks, in advance.