I need to adjust return inlets in my pool in order for a pool cleaner to
work properly. This is 10 yrs old pool, and nobody probobly touched
those inlets for all these years - so it is really hard now to loosen the
lock rings holding the eyeballs in the inlets. In fact, I couldn't do it by
They are plastic lock rings ~2.5 or 3 inches in diameter. Of course,
they are under water. I don't think it would be a good idea to use metal
pliers on them, and anyway I don't have pliers that big. Does anyone
know if there's some tool (plastic?) that could help me to unscrew these
rings, and where to get it? Or maybe there is some kind of lubricant
or something that I can apply to the rings, and which is safe to use
Just use a plain old pipe wrench. Don't be squeamish about immersing the
metal. Use a bit of paper as a pad if you want to avoid marring the
plastic with the wrench jaws.
PVC tends to embrittle over time, and threads tend to seize, so you may
have to break these off to replace with new. Not hard to find at pools
stores or the Web.
I wonder why it needs to be adjusted? All the jets do is force water back
into the pool in a roughly circular motion. I think that that is less
important than as long as you have some motion in the pool. My last pool
was 24,000 gallons it took 3-4 hours to get an noticeable circular motion
started. It sure was not much.
Check your return, in the cool deck. I ran mine so that I was drawing mostly
from the top and not the bottom. Helped keep the dust and dog hair in check.
Your situation might be different.
If you are thinking about circulation when you plumb the pool you don't need
eyeballs. I set my returns in at a slight angle. The plaster guy made it look
fine. You can throw a ping pong ball anywhere in the pool and it will be in the
skimmer within an hour or so.
The problem isn't uncommon. I found that with my Aquabug by Hayward that the
floating hose needs to float completely freely, not influenced by even a slight
whirlpool action. It works better if I direct the water return down, as opposed
to it's normal "skimming" position, which is hard to the side, causing a
Sure you do. You need to balance the output via impedance to even the
flow. Otherwise the outlets closer to the pump get most of the output, and
the further ones are starved (and the water there tends to stagnate, or you
have to pay lots more for extended pumping time to overcome the imbalance).
First grade pool plumbing or A/C ductwork design. Ever notice how fire
sprinklers or A/C ducts get skinnier after branching?
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