I bought an Aqua Leisure 18'x4' soft-sided pool last week from Sam's
Warehouse. The pool is set up and holding 5,600 gallons of water. One
of the shutoff valves is leaking from inside the housing and dripping
out through the handle area. The valve housing screws onto a second
piece that goes through the wall into the pool and has a plastic
strainer on the inside pool wall. The manufacturer is supposed to send
me a replacement but the representative had no instructions on how to
replace it without having water gushing out all over the place.
My thoughts are that since only the valve portion seems to be bad I
don't have to replace the entire assembly that extends into the pool
but to just unscrew the outside portion and attach the replacement
valve in its place. How to stop the water is the main issue. Would a
plastic bag put over the inside opening hold the water long enough for
me to replace the valve or perhaps unscrewing the strainer and stuffing
a rag into the hole be better?
No matter what happens, someone will find a way to take it too
There are ways to do these types of things without losing much water.
A couple years ago I had to replace a pressure switch in our spa. It was
located on the main water line right as it passed under the main control
circuit board (a $400 part to replace, if it got wet/ruined). The spa tech
told me it would have to be drained. Instead, we covered the entire circuit
board with plastic wrap, I had LOML standing by as I slowly unscrewed the
old switch. Once the switch was removed, she played "little dutch boy" and
plugged the hole as I prepped the new switch. We only lost a few squirts of
water, and the circuit board stayed high and dry.
Like the other reply mentioned, I'd try to come up with some plastic or
rubber that you can plug the hole from the inside of the pool. Done
properly, the water pressure will hold it on and you won't lose much water.
Worst case, you end up draining the pool, so there's nothing to lose,
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