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Thread: Cracked Plate behind eyeball

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    Cracked Plate behind eyeball

    I believe I have a small leak in the pool as when I did the pail test, it looked like I was loosing about 1/2-3/4" of water in a 5 day period.

    While closing this year, when I removed the eyeball from the return lines, I noticed that all had cracks in the plate behind the eyeball where the screws attach it to the side walls.

    I have 3 returns, a side wall vacuum port, and a skimmer in the water system to the pool. I have drained the water below the skimmer and all plates. The returns and side vacuum port plates all have cracks.

    1) Can I replace these myself?
    2) Should I do it before now or wait until spring?
    3) I'm wondering about the seal around the skimmer plate. How do I remove the face plate around the skimmer to look at the seal where I assume screws attach it to the side wall?

    Additionally, I noticed that after draining below the returns that the liner above the water line
    has about 1/16-1/8" of air between the liner and the wall. Is this unusual?
    Carl Schnurr
    Pool: 96,000 litre, vinyl liner, 1 HP pump, sand filter, Aqua-rite SWG, Hayward e.vac, installed 2005
    Spa: La-Z-Boy 'Relieve', 1300 litre, acrylic, with ozonator, installed 2017

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    Re: Cracked Plate behind eyeball

    Carl, always a pleasure to 'see' you here - I just wish it was under more pleasant circumstances

    The return faceplates need to be replaced I believe that for Hayward faceplates the part # is SP 1408 -(?)

    You can replace them anytime you want but, when you do - don't overtighten the 4 screws!!! That's what led to this problem to begin with The screws should be 'snug' but you don't need an impact wrench to put them on :P

    BTW - I'd look for the leak elsewhere, cracked faceplates don't leak much

    [please see the article in Pool School on leaks here for some more info on finding a leak 8) ]

    Have a GREAT winter!!
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

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    Re: Cracked Plate behind eyeball

    Thanks for the advice waste.
    Our pool was installed a 4 years ago, and the faceplates have never been messed with.
    Is there a gasket or seal I need to worry about?

    How do I remove the skimmer face plate without breaking it.
    It feels like if I fidget around with it, it will click off, but I'm not sure.

    As for the leak, now that I have the water below the ports, I'll continue the pail test.
    The water is mid 50s. Too cold to do any in pool leak detection.
    Carl Schnurr
    Pool: 96,000 litre, vinyl liner, 1 HP pump, sand filter, Aqua-rite SWG, Hayward e.vac, installed 2005
    Spa: La-Z-Boy 'Relieve', 1300 litre, acrylic, with ozonator, installed 2017

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