why did my o ring stretch?

passionsrlz

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Jun 4, 2010
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Dayton, Ohio
I took out my filter cartlidge to clean it today and when I went to put it back together my o ring was slightly to big.....what on earth made that happen and do I just have to get another one?
 

Bama Rambler

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They stretch as the age. Some more than others. As long as you can persuade it to fit back in there it'll be fine. You can order them online but I don't know of a place besides the pool store that might have them in stock.
 

sonflower

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Jun 2, 2010
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Fort Worth, TX
This happened to us. I'm sure ours was age....but....

also...what happened is at some time in the past, hubby put some vaseline on the o-ring. Big mistake (but he/we didn't know that at the time). The lubricant, if any, should be silicone-based.

And that is not right your PSS doesn't keep a supply of o-rings...I live & work in small towns & our PSS does...so that seems odd to me. The blasted thing was $9.99 though so look online for a better deal.
 

passionsrlz

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Jun 4, 2010
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Dayton, Ohio
Thank you guys. my only concern is that I cant turn my filter on and I don't want my pool to backslide. I just now got it under control. I will try to get it back on. Maybe two sets of hands will help trying to hold it up, make o ring fit and seal it with only two hands is very difficult.
 

Bama Rambler

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If the ring is too long, a temporary fix is to cut the ring into with a razor blade (or x-acto knife) and trim a little off it and super glue it back together. That'll get you going till you can get another one.
 

passionsrlz

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Jun 4, 2010
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Dayton, Ohio
I would have been scared to do that! If I can't convince it to go back together I will try that while I await another o ring. I swear it's just one thing after another. The pool feels like another child!
 

Bama Rambler

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We used to make all our o-rings out of stock material. We had a fancy holder to ensure a square straight cut but I've made hundreds with my pocket knife and a board. It's easier to do than you think. If you wanted to get fancy you could slice it at an angle but I don't recommend you try that until you've done a few dozen. :)
 

dansdad

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May 24, 2013
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I man handled it back on but it is on its way out......
I am so glad someone else had this problem as I now know to just go to the pool store after I jimmy this thing to fit. I want to check out my filters...turn it on...if filters are ok I'll just buy another ring, if not another ring and new filters. Thanks for the thread
 

dansdad

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May 24, 2013
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Well I tries to glue it like Bama said but I guess hes much better than I am. Anyway as much as I don't like going to Leslies ...they had one. Lid back in order. Maybe I will order another and keep it around. THANKS EVERYONE!!!!
 

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