Backwash pipe broken, cannot remove

Jul 4, 2019
12
Quebec, Canada
We just moved into our new home with swimming pool. We purchased it during the winter so could not inspect pool filter and pump. The water was treated with a shock but very cloudy so I decided to do a backwash ... this is what I found.
How the heck do I get this out? Normally these pvc pieces are screwed in using a sealing glue. Any advice? It looks like it’s been hacked at pretty badly, I have no idea what the previous homeowner did to it, but I cannot hook up the backwash hose until this is out and I replace the piece.
 

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ajw22

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Score some lines on the inside of the white pipe. Then carefully chisel it to crack it. Once you crack one or two pieces it should come out.

If it is glued you may need to heat it to soften the glue.

 
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rajung

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You could try one of these RIDGID 1 in. to 2 in. Model 342 Internal Wrench-31405 - The Home Depot
for the price of it though, you may want to see if a rental shop has one if it will only be used once by you.
Also just thinking, as Richard320 said gluing a fitting into it, , if threads are not glued into housing you would then have something to grab onto and turn out, especially if there was a leak at the threads initially . Curious, that's not a split at about the 3 O'clock k postiton ?
 
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Jul 4, 2019
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Quebec, Canada
You could try one of these RIDGID 1 in. to 2 in. Model 342 Internal Wrench-31405 - The Home Depot
for the price of it though, you may want to see if a rental shop has one if it will only be used once by you.
Also just thinking, as Richard320 said gluing a fitting into it, , if threads are not glued into housing you would then have something to grab onto and turn out, especially if there was a leak at the threads initially . Curious, that's not a split at about the 3 O'clock k postiton ?
I’ve discovered that the threads are glued into housing. I’m going to try flying a fitting into it and hope it holds up for this summer. Next year I think we will upgrade the filter, it wasn’t taken care of by the previous home owners (which is a shame because it would have lasted longer).
 
Jul 4, 2019
12
Quebec, Canada
That's awful if it really is glue. Some builders use a non-hardening dope to seal the threads (usually white) or just regular caulk. Can you see that it's definitely PVC cement?
I went to our pool supply store and they tried telling me I needed to buy a new filter head for $169 because there were no other options. After telling them no, I started playing around with the PVC pieces to see if I could find a solution, the employee ended up helping me and I thought I got it. I came home (we are 40 minute drive away from pool store) and the pieces didn’t end up fitting. I got fed up and went under the deck by the filter with a flat head screwdriver and a hammer ... (The filter has been placed so the backwash output is under the deck - ridiculous) .. anyways, took out my frustration and chiseled it out of there! I stripped the first thread a bit on the filter head, but I was able to put a brand new proper piece in there and it’s working perfectly! Thanks for the help!