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    Installing Eyeballs - pre-plaster

    My inground gunite pool is almost ready for plaster but I need to install my eyeball returns … 1-1/2 inch PVC is sticking out of the walls and I have the threaded eyeball fittings … it looks like I have to cut the PVC back in into the recess provided and glue on a threaded adapter … is there any good tool to cut the PVC inside the recess ??? is there an easier way ???

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    Re: Installing Eyeballs - pre-plaster

    Most use push in return fittings, not threaded for this very reason. A female adapter would have had to have been put on before the gunite was shot to use a threaded return fitting.

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    Re: Installing Eyeballs - pre-plaster

    You could use a Dremel tool to cut them but as Scott said, the adaptor should have been put in before the gunite. I'd suggest trying to return the threaded and go with the push-in type.
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    Re: Installing Eyeballs - pre-plaster

    Welcome to TFP!!

    I've never understood the idea behind the 'leave the pipes sticking out of the wall and cut it after the plaster is done' school of thought

    For the 6 years I did crete pools, we knew where the wall would be and plumbed female threaded fittings to be where they needed to be to accept a threaded directional. (it's really not too hard to do )

    However, the threads aren't in place and you'll have to use the 'push in' fittings Scott speaks of

    Sorry!

    However, this does not mean that your pool is defective, nor that it won't provide you with years of trouble free enjoyment
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    Re: Installing Eyeballs - pre-plaster

    Measure the distance on the fitting from the inside lip where the pipe will seat flush, to the backside of the flange where the plaster will sit. The one I have is only about 3/4". Therefore if you cut the pipe flush with the wall, thebackside of the plaster flange will only be 3/4" away from the wall and as I understand that's about how thick the plaster will be.
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    Re: Installing Eyeballs - pre-plaster

    OK ... got the slip-in fittings ... pentair ... and they are just a hair too big to slip inside the 1-1/2 inch pvc in the wall ... am I missing something ???
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    Re: Installing Eyeballs - pre-plaster

    Maybe the pentair ones are designed to slip OVER 1" PVC and not INSIDE 1-1/2" PVC? Mine, waterway plastics, fit INSIDE a 2" or OVER 1-1/2"
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    Re: Installing Eyeballs - pre-plaster

    aaargh!!! Thanks ...
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    Re: Installing Eyeballs - pre-plaster

    I needn't have worried ... the plaster guys installed the threaded ports for the eyeballs as part of their service ... said they do this for all the pool builders they sub to ... they did a great job and seemed to me very inexpensive ... I'm sure a builder would have had a 100% markup ...
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    Re: Installing Eyeballs - pre-plaster

    Thanks for the update - when do we get to see pics?

    I'm happy the plaster guys had a clue!

    Sounds like you're ready to enjoy your investment
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