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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
    96,000 litre inground, vinyl liner, 1 HP 1speed pump, sand filter, Aqua-rite SWG, Hayward Ultra Vac, installed 2005

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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
    96,000 litre inground, vinyl liner, 1 HP 1speed pump, sand filter, Aqua-rite SWG, Hayward Ultra Vac, installed 2005

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