I've never messed with one myself. Typically I get a call that the pool
lights aren't working, I find and disconnect the offending fixture from it's
deck box and have the customer have their pool maintenance company fix or
replace it, then I reconnect it. Whenever it was "fixed", they leak, so I've
just been telling customers to have them replaced, which ultimately probably
saves time and money.
I agree, my guess is that there are a number of manufacturers and models,
and these pool maintenance companies would rather not take the time to
locate the replacement gasket, so they try to reuse the old ones, and maybe
add a little silicone sealant
That makes sense. The air in the "niche" probably couldn't escape so that
prevented more water from coming in.
There is no "pool maintenance" company. I bought the house as a foreclosure
and the pool was green with scum in it. I cleaned it all out but never
owned a pool before so I had to figure out how the pipes went.
I removed all the lights when I cleaned the pool to clean out the scum, and
then after that, they would blow the GFCI after five minutes. So, I think
it was my fault all along; I shouldn't have re-used the gaskets.
There's sooooo much to learn. I don't even know what all the bottom
fixtures are. I googled and googled and learned what I could. Is there any
way to get the old diagrams of the pool?
Just find a neighbor with a pool. In a few minutes you'll understand it all.
You probably shouldn't have pulled everything apart to clean it though. I
bought my house about 14 years ago, from an estate, and the pool looked like
green jello. The trick is to just dump $100 worth of chemicals in it, then
filter the hell out of it.
You're in for a real treat with your new money pit. All it takes is a few
hundred dollars each year, provided you do all the work yourself, and then
every three or four years, you have to go for a few thousand dollars, then
eventually, just when you get good at it, your pool looks like mine does
now, and then you go for your lungs.
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