Broken Drain Plug in Pump Basket

appstategrad

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Jul 12, 2014
173
Hickory, NC
When trying to close the pool this afternoon, I couldn't get any air pressure to build up. In the process of checking everything to see what I was missing, I checked the drain plug to make sure it was tight, and it broke off half still in the threads (it is 6 years old and not pliable). I drilled a hole through the center but it got too dark for me to try anything else tonight. So now I have two problems... It's 2020 I should not have expected it to go well. 🤷‍♀️ I would appreciate any advice to get the other half of the drain plug out without damaging the threads. Thanks!
 

JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
22,100
Heat up the tip of a flat screwdriver and push it into the center of the plastic. Hold it steady for about 30 seconds and then unscrew.
 
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appstategrad

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Jul 12, 2014
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Hickory, NC
Heat up the tip of a flat screwdriver and push it into the center of the plastic. Hold it steady for about 30 seconds and then unscrew.
Awesome thank you I'll try that tomorrow. I had thought about a hair dryer but didn't know if that would get hot enough. Thank you!
 

JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
22,100
The tip of the screwdriver should melt into the plastic, which should give enough bite to be able to unscrew the remaining part of the plug.
 
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