Pump Leaking!!!

Wobblerlorri

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Apr 16, 2019
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My pump is leaking at all the connections from the pool. Mike (hubby) has tightened everything as much as it will tighten, replaced Teflon tape everywhere we used it, and now we're at our wits' end. Any ideas? I'm considering just replacing the pump (and filter) with the 1 hp unit I bought last year and didn't install due to splodey ankle. Or maybe it's 1.5 hp. I don't remember. I was going to install it at the end of this season, but needs must...
 

Wobblerlorri

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Apr 16, 2019
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Bremen, GA, 65 m west of Atlanta
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Here are the connections that are leaking. This is the hose from the pump to the sand filter. Both are on reducers to take a 1 1/2 port down to fit a 1 1/4 hose. Or whatever Intex/Bestway uses -- I've had a brain fart on the size.

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This is the hose from the pool to the filter.

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This is the hose from the pool to the pump.

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Mike says he may have gotten all of them tight except the hose from the pump to the filter. He took the reducers off and applied new Teflon tape, then really tightened them down.
 
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Zyler

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Jun 30, 2020
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New Jersey
Is the leak coming from the threaded fittings into the pump/filter or from where the hose attaches to the fitting? Hose clamps can can work but keep in mind that the hose is under pressure and you also have alot of extra hose so the weight of the water can cause an issue as well. Try putting another hose clamp on each fitting in the opposite direction.

For a more reliable connection, plumb it with unions and PVC/flexible PVC
 

Wobblerlorri

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Here's a puzzlement -- Mike (hubby) just came in to update me on the pump leakage. In the course of conversation he said the hoses fit the outlets on the pump without the converter from 1 1/2 inch to 1 1/4 inch. I told him that's impossible because the fittings on the pool are 1 1/4. He said they fit on the pool just fine. So did my fittings grow? Did the converter shrink? Am I living in Bizarro World?

I'm so confused!
 

Wobblerlorri

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Apr 16, 2019
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Mike put a different hose between the pump and filter (where it was still leaking) and that seems to have solved the problem. So now we're running 24/7 again, and the SLAM proceeds unencumbered!
 
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