should i put vaselien on my rubber gaskets?

Poolside Chat Episode #24: Can I Use Vaseline On My O-Rings?

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • Can I use Vaseline (petroleum jelly) on my pump and filter o-rings?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.


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Pool Pump Tune Up Kit

Finding the Tune Up Kit for Your Pool Pump

Welcome to the heart of pool season, ladies and gentleman. Hopefully your pool is up and running without issue; chances are, if you are reading this blog it likely is not. This article is here to discuss how to properly match a gasket kit to your pool pump.

It is that time of the season, when motors you were hoping to limp through until August have finally given up the ghost. Those poor motors gave it their all but the summer was just too long. You’ve probably already picked out the correct motor if you have read our previous articles or how to guides on finding the correct pool motor replacement or how to read a pool motor label. But what about the correct shaft seal? Or even the rest of the gaskets? (more…)

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Bubbles coming out of my pool return line

Why Do I Keep Getting Bubbles In My Jets?

Everybody loves a bubble bath, show me a person who doesn’t and I’ll show you a liar. Bubbles are fun but for pool owners bubbles represent a time for panic. For us, bubbles are no longer the sign of fun in the sun and frolicking, they are a harbinger of doom. Ok, that was a little excessive but you get the point. A stream of bubbles is a sign of the unwanted presence of air within our pool’s plumbing system. This air is likely the cause of a sucking air leak from a pump, union or diverter gasket. The leaks and the air pockets they form will lower water pressure and greatly decrease the capacity of our filter system. (more…)

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What is a spider gasket?

What Is a Spider Gasket?

Besides having the coolest name in the world of gaskets, this spoked piece of rubber helps our water move where we want, when we want it. The spider gasket is the main diverter seal within your pool’s multiport valve. For homeowners with diatomaceous earth (D.E.) or sand filters, we know the multiport valve as “that thing with the handle”. When we turn the handle on the valve we select Filter, Backwash, or Rinse, and the spider valve is the part making sure water does not lose its way to your desired destination.   (more…)

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