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    Aquarite -- cheap cap to fit cell for cleaning

    Has anyone found a cheap cap to fit the Aquarite cell, for cleaning purposes? I see a cleaning stand sold on line for $30 or $40. I was hoping to get a simple PVC screw-on cap at Home Depot. However, it is an odd size -- its not 1.5 inch or 2 inch. I can't find anything that fits it. Does anyone have a way to plug the cell at one end, so you can fill it with muratic solution for cleaning? I've tried the rubber plugs that I use to close the returns for winter, but they don't fit tight due to some ridges in the mouth of the cell.
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    Re: Aquarite -- cheap cap to fit cell for cleaning

    Get a union from hayward that matches the cell union, then plumb to a 2" cap.
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    Re: Aquarite -- cheap cap to fit cell for cleaning

    I use a #11 expandable rubber plug I bought it at Leslie's last year and it fit the end of my cell perfectly.
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    Re: Aquarite -- cheap cap to fit cell for cleaning

    Knightcap, I had been considering looking for a cheap cap, too. Didn't realize the cell was not 1.5" or 2". Could you sand those ridges and help make the rubber plug work? I assume they are just the two seams from the construction of the cell?
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    Re: Aquarite -- cheap cap to fit cell for cleaning

    Mickey -- I have not been able to get a rubber plug to make a watertight seal, due to some ridges on the inside of the cell. Does your cell have these ridges?

    Poolcat -- no, the ridges are not seams from the manufacturing process. They look like they are supposed to be there, although I doubt there would be any harm done by sanding them away. I hate to sand the inside of my cell just yet, if there is another solution.
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    Re: Aquarite -- cheap cap to fit cell for cleaning

    This may be the conclusion for this thread. I tried a number 11 rubber plug in the salt cell last night, and filled it with water, and it held tight with no leaks, even with the ridge in the opening. The trick is to screw down the wing nut pretty tight -- the nut on the rubber plug. This seems to really expand the rubber plug and fill the gaps. So I think the cheap way to clean your cell is to plug it with a number 11 plug, screw the nut down tight, and fill with acid solution. No need for a $35 T-Cell stand!

    Thanks everyone!
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    Re: Aquarite -- cheap cap to fit cell for cleaning

    Thank you, Knightcap. I'll have to get my own #11 plug now. Mine is really overdue for cleaning. I like cheap solutions. If washers cost 6 cents each, I bore holes in nickels!
    16x32 IG vinyl liner, ~19K gallon, built with my own blood, sweat, & tears!
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