Umbrella on shelf...doesn’t fit...

TheBigEye

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Mar 26, 2019
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Houston, TX
Question about pool umbrellas. My pool builder left this hole on the tanning shelf. He said any standard umbrella would fit. I bought an umbrella and tried to place it in the hole, but it doesn’t fit (wow, that sounds bad when typed). Anyway, what can I do now to get the umbrella to fit?

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TheBigEye

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Mar 26, 2019
11
Houston, TX
The umbrella pole is 1.5” which as I understand is standard. I took the top off the sleeve in the shelf and it looks like it’s a collar of some sort on top of PVC pipe. The collar has a lip around the inside which makes the inner diameter slightly smaller. Any idea how I would fix this? 34167462-349B-4E8D-8F62-64DAA07A87EC.jpeg
 

tstex

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Aug 28, 2012
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Houston, TX
I would ask you PB to come back and show you how the std 1.5" umbrella fits in the hole he installed.

Since it looks like it screws in, you could unscrew the sleeve, then dremmel out the inner piece. It also looks deformed too where it might be pushing into the center, thus blocking the pole - was this already used ?

I would go to a brick and mortar pool store and look at their umbrella receptacles and compare that to what you have.
 

TheBigEye

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Mar 26, 2019
11
Houston, TX
I would ask you PB to come back and show you how the std 1.5" umbrella fits in the hole he installed.

Since it looks like it screws in, you could unscrew the sleeve, then dremmel out the inner piece. It also looks deformed too where it might be pushing into the center, thus blocking the pole - was this already used ?

I would go to a brick and mortar pool store and look at their umbrella receptacles and compare that to what you have.
The deformed part is the water moving around the sleeve. I can unscrew the cap, but not the top piece itself. Feels like it's been glued (pvc glue) to the PVC pipe below. My PB isn't responding, which is par for the course with him.
 

YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
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Evans, Georgia
I wonder if you can find a short piece of PVC that will act as an adapter... both fits the umbrella pole and the other more narrow end into the hole? Don't they have pieces of PVC in the plumbing section like this??
 

TheBigEye

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Mar 26, 2019
11
Houston, TX
I wonder if you can find a short piece of PVC that will act as an adapter... both fits the umbrella pole and the other more narrow end into the hole? Don't they have pieces of PVC in the plumbing section like this??
I thought about this as a possible solution, but think the umbrella would be pretty unstable sitting higher up in the sleeve.
 

chiefwej

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Jun 12, 2011
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Tucson
Instead of an umbrella sleeve cap, it appears that the pool builder installed a return fitting. I don’t think it would be glued. There is a tool that fits in those inside slots to remove it. In any event the PB needs to correct his mistake.