Vacuum Port cover broken

ScubaDoo

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Jul 3, 2019
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The vacuum port cover / trim piece broke off today when removing the plug while opening the pool...

My question is: is this piece vital? Is it preventing a leak? Do I need to drain below and replace (before I fill pool)?
OR
Is this just cosmetic? Can I resume with opening and replace underwater in the next few days? I assume the liner (and looks like) the liner is sealed around the port.

Thanks in advance
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ScubaDoo

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Jul 3, 2019
121
Great Lakes
Do you have pictures of the backside of the faceplates? There are a few different models. Easy to replace, can be done underwater.
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There is a gasket behind the liner, it's usually glued to the fitting itself though. Hayward 1408B is the part number for the faceplate. Replacing in a couple of days isn't ideal, but it's hard to say if it'll cause any permanent issues or not. I'd say just get it replaced as soon as you can.
 

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ScubaDoo

Well-known member
Jul 3, 2019
121
Great Lakes
There is a gasket behind the liner, it's usually glued to the fitting itself though. Hayward 1408B is the part number for the faceplate. Replacing in a couple of days isn't ideal, but it's hard to say if it'll cause any permanent issues or not. I'd say just get it replaced as soon as you can.
So now that pool is open and water levels are up, the plate should arrive today. Haven't lost any water/doesn't seem to be leaking from that area since.

So replacing this underwater is OK? Since it's currently sealed I wasn't sure if removing the screws now would allow water to reach steel wall and if that could lead to corrosion of the wall. I know its just temporary that the water would reach it and maybe I'm being overly concerned just don't want create a bigger issue down the line.

Also, is any silicone or sealant needed in the screws?

Thx
 
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