Jet air returns broken lock ring

Jeffsp

Member
Jun 2, 2015
15
Keyport
Hello, been a member here for a little bit but don’t usually post much. Had my inground pool installed 3 years ago. So far so good, except the other night, found one of my Hayward jetair returns not making bubbles. Went to remove it, and the 4 tabs broke off, so for now, it’s stuck in there with no way to remove it, and will need to be removed when I go to winterize in September/October. I will admit I made a homemade tool for removal using pipe. The lock ring is inset so there’s no real way to reach in there with your fingers to loosen it. It appears there are holes in it 180 degrees apart, so I’m considering sticking a set of long needle nose in there and trying to spin it, but before I wreck the thing more I wanted to see if anyone has had experience with this problem On these particularly returns. I don’t know how common these returns are so I included a photo of what type of return it is and the lock ring it uses.
also I apologize if this has been asked before. I tried googling it, but I will admit I didn’t explicitly search the forums for it.
Thanks all for any advice and help
 

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Dpm2013

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Sep 24, 2020
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Nj
Hello, been a member here for a little bit but don’t usually post much. Had my inground pool installed 3 years ago. So far so good, except the other night, found one of my Hayward jetair returns not making bubbles. Went to remove it, and the 4 tabs broke off, so for now, it’s stuck in there with no way to remove it, and will need to be removed when I go to winterize in September/October. I will admit I made a homemade tool for removal using pipe. The lock ring is inset so there’s no real way to reach in there with your fingers to loosen it. It appears there are holes in it 180 degrees apart, so I’m considering sticking a set of long needle nose in there and trying to spin it, but before I wreck the thing more I wanted to see if anyone has had experience with this problem On these particularly returns. I don’t know how common these returns are so I included a photo of what type of return it is and the lock ring it uses.
also I apologize if this has been asked before. I tried googling it, but I will admit I didn’t explicitly search the forums for it.
Thanks all for any advice and help
Hello.
I have the same problem. Any update or advice on how to unscrew it.
Thank you