Pump basket stuck

Cindy Bartos

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Jul 21, 2019
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Been changing out pump basket weekly or so for 17 yrs. It is so stuck that I'm afraid the handle will break if I keep pulling. It looks like the notches are lined up properly but it will not budge. I've scraped out most of the debris by hand and tried using a flat screwdriver to pry around edge but can't make any entry around the rim of the basket. Please help!
 

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Welcome to the forum:wave:

Could you use a paint can opener to go through the "mesh" on the inside of the basket and then be able to pull up on the opener?
 

zea3

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Hi, welcome to TFP! What brand and model of pump is it? Could you post a picture of the problem?
 

Cindy Bartos

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Houston Texas
Welcome to the forum:wave:

Could you use a paint can opener to go through the "mesh" on the inside of the basket and then be able to pull up on the opener?
the mesh holes seem too small to fit the opener end. I tried fashioning a hanger but it just bent when I pulled. It is really stuck. This has never happened before
 

zea3

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Century made the motor, but there should be another brand name like Pentair, Hayward, Waterway, ect...
Your photo did not post. There is an icon that looks like a photo next to the camera icon in the reply box. Click on it and you should be able to upload a photo.
 

zea3

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Did the pump overheat at anytime? Have you ever used any kind of lube on the lip of the basket?