Are these the correct caps to use on my return jets?

flyboy320

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Jul 23, 2009
216
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
These caps seem to be very loose in the threads when I screw them into the return jets. The pool builder used them last year when he closed and I was going to use them this year when I close myself, but they do seem to be very loose. I have to use a lot of Teflon tape to get them to at least give some resistance when screwing them in.

Are there any other types out there that work better, maybe rubber plugs?
 

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WestSidePool

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Jun 14, 2009
424
Cincinnati, OH
Those look like a standard PVC cleanout plug.

I actually used these on my pool last year, might switch to the rubber ones this year.
But if you said they are loose I probably wouldn't trust them.

These are the ones that have a rubber gasket on them to help keep a water tight seal.
 

X-PertPool

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Jun 12, 2009
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Exeter, PA
keep in mind that sp-1022 c style plugs rely on the return faceplate to make a seal. Sometimes the plates can crack around the screw holes, when this happens we change the plates to avoid any chance of leaking after installing the plug.
 

flyboy320

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Jul 23, 2009
216
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Thanks for the tip Kevin... :)

I'll have a look at them and make sure they're OK. If any do need swapped out, is it just a matter of removing the four screws on the face plate and then they just come off (ie., no unscrewing of the faceplate itself)?
 

DaveNJ

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May 22, 2007
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Toms River, NJ
Just replaced four covers on my pool. Aftering reading X-PertPool's response in this thread. The old ones had more cracks on the backside, very brittle and pretty much fell apart.
 

uidb5259

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Aug 13, 2010
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Having trouble removing the fitting for the directional return to put in the plug. It has 2 grooves but cannot find anything in my workshop to fit them. Any ideas?
 

pbhound

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Jun 25, 2010
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uidb5259 said:
Having trouble removing the fitting for the directional return to put in the plug. It has 2 grooves but cannot find anything in my workshop to fit them. Any ideas?
believe it or not i ended up using a standard stiff putty knife.
 

X-PertPool

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Jun 12, 2009
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Exeter, PA
If your talking about the threaded fitting that can sometimes get stuck in the wall there is a tool that fits into the notches on the inside of the fitting for better leverage. Also a 1.5 " wood chisel will fit the grooves just be careful as the chisels are very sharp
 

bobgio

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use SP-1022 C style plugs, instead of that plug for better results
I have seen several posts that you recommend the sp1022 c style plugs. However, every where I check says that they are for concrete pools not vinyl.

I am very curious as to why this is such a confusing topic. Why are the proper plugs not sold everywhere. I too cannot decided which to use....HELP!

These are the ones I have seen as well by Feherguard made in Canada (1.5 inch):

 

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