Plug skimmer w bad threads

trivetman

Bronze Supporter
Jul 14, 2017
299
Jenkintown, PA
I've got a skimmer with 2” inlet to the plumbing and the threads are damaged. When I opened the pool in the spring I barely was able to get the plug out. Can I plug the skimmer for the winter with a rubber expansion plug instead of a threaded plug? Any other suggestions?
 

zea3

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2009
12,629
Houston, Texas
You can use an expansion plug or a gizmo in the skimmer. Can you confirm the threads are damaged? It might have just been cross-threaded into the skimmer. A little silicone pool lube on the plug threads helps them go on and come out easier.
 

trivetman

Bronze Supporter
Jul 14, 2017
299
Jenkintown, PA
Yeah. Threads are definitely messed up. Looks like bits of the plumbing sealant got in the threads when it was installed.

If I can use the expansion plug without a problem....problem solved