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    Removing winter plugs from skimmer

    This is the first time I am opening the pool by myself. I have an inground pool.

    I am having a hard time removing the winter plugs from the skimmer. The plugs have a square top about one and a quarter inch. Is there special tool that I can use to unscrew these? I'm having a **** of a time trying to get a wrench in the skimmer.

    Any help is appreciated.

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    Re: Removing winter plugs from skimmer

    Before removing both, are you sure the one closest to the pool isn't plugged normally during use? If you have a separate drain line back to the pump, that one probably stays plugged.

    Vice-Grips are about the best "make do" tool for that job.
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    Re: Removing winter plugs from skimmer

    Once you make sure which are supposed to be removed you can purchase a basin wrench to remove them. It's not a special tool just for removing plugs and it's dang handy to have around the house.
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    Re: Removing winter plugs from skimmer

    Thanks Guys!!!

    A basin wrench did not work. I used my plyers to open up the skimmer plug one painful quarter turn after another. I not sure if the pool company cross-threaded the plug in the fall because man it was difficult to unscrew. The other plug for the main drain unscrewed with no problems.

    Darren

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    Re: Removing winter plugs from skimmer

    What do the plugs look like? I have a male plug with a square part on top and what I guess is a female plug threaded into the pipe. Which one do I remove? How would you remove the female one?

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