How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance?

richierich

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Jul 12, 2013
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Long Island, NY
How do people plug up the skimmer and return to do maintenance on an above ground pool? I have shut offs at the beginning of the pump and end of filter. I wanted to change the position of my hoses. Are there better options than a rag in the skimmer port and a bucket in the pool over the eyeball return? Is there a part sold that would perform this function?
 

richierich

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Jul 12, 2013
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Long Island, NY
ok cool thanks. can this be used for both the return and the skimmer???? I have the aquador and threaded plug for the return for winter. This would just be to use every now and then This looks like what I need.
 

LI poolguy

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Jan 16, 2013
184
Long Island, NY
I have the aquador as well. It's so tight, that it's a PITA to take off so I only use it for winter closing. These little plugs work great in both the skimmer and return.
 

richierich

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Jul 12, 2013
584
Long Island, NY
Great thanks. !!! Do you use this to plug your return in the winter? Or do you use the threaded plug and take off the return piece with that slotted Hayward tool


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LI poolguy

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Jan 16, 2013
184
Long Island, NY
Great thanks. !!! Do you use this to plug your return in the winter? Or do you use the threaded plug and take off the return piece with that slotted Hayward tool


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Yes, I use this plug in my return for winter closing. I take off the eyeball cover & eyeball and insert this into the hole. Been using it for 5 years now. Had a problem the first year, ice built up in the pool and shifted the wingnut causing the plug to fall out. I just insert it a little deeper into the hole and have not had a problem with it since.
 

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