How to Replace a Spider Gasket on a Multiport Valve

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Follow these steps for spider gasket replacement for pool filter multiport backwash valves. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VALVE USED IN THIS GUIDE IS FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY. THE DIFFUSER ON THIS VALVE COMES WITH THE SPIDER GASKET PRE-GLUED IN.

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Step 1

Stop pump and release all pressure from system.

Step 2

Place the selector handle at the "winterize" position (this lifts the plug off the seat).

Step 3

Remove the bolts and nuts holding the cover to the valve body. Remove the cover assembly.

Step 4

Remove the old gasket from the valve cover assembly. If the gasket is glued in, you may have to scrape it out with a small screwdriver to get most of it out. Be care that you do not score the plastic groves.

Step 5

Make sure that the gasket groove is free of water, grease, oils, debris and parts of the old gasket. Use NON-acetone finger nail polish remover to remove any gasket residue. Make sure the remover is NON-acetone or it will melt the plastic. Please note that not all multiport valve gaskets are glued in. If the gasket on your valve isn't glued, you would bypass Step #6.

Step 6

NOTICE: Once this step is started, continue through Step 10 without interruption. Using an Adhesive For Valve Seat Gasket apply glue sparingly (a bead about 1/16" wide) to the bottom only (not the sides) of the spider groove in the valve body. The glue lines must be continuous and intersect at the intersections of the grooves.

Step 7

Insert the new gasket into the groove with the rounded bead up. Press the gasket firmly into all groove areas to seat the new gasket evenly.

Step 8

Align the tab on the cover assembly with pin on the valve body, fastening it with the bolts and nuts removed in Step 3. Tighten all bolts evenly.

Step 9

Depress the valve handle and rotate it to the closest standard position (FILTER or RINSE), being careful not to rub the plug on the new gasket. Release the handle, allowing the plug to hold the gasket in place while curing.

Step 10

Minimum cure time is 2 hours. Curing for 24 hours is recommended for full strength.

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Inyopools  Posted: 10/19/2017 16:53 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Bill - Yes, that is a match for your model. And Since your model does not have a Winterize, you can use use any of the other positions when disassembling the valve. Just make sure it is assembled in the same position and lift it straight off when pulling it apart.


Inyopools  Posted: 10/13/2017 15:41 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Ralph - If your gasket was not secured with glue, it may have rolled out of parts of its groove, causing the seals between the ports to leak. Pull the top of the valve off again and see if your gasket has moved out of the grooves. If so, check for any damage to the gasket, replace if necessary, then glue the gasket into the grooves as suggested in this guide.


Ralph  Posted: 10/09/2017 18:57 PM 

I replaced my gasket but forgot to put glue on it, is that the reason that even when in filter mood my filter is throwing water out like if it was in backwash? It even drained out my whole spa... anyone know if this is the issue or something else? Only time water stops coming out like if it was in back wash is if I close all the valves off


Inyopools  Posted: 09/15/2017 12:13 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

DMG123 - As you probably know, some valves come with the spider gasket glued in solid. The only way to replace the gasket is to but the key assembly that holds them. When you say the gasket was completely melted, was it damaged or was the gasket just installed solidly? Was it deteriorated to the point where it leaked like the first one? If so, that is highly unusual, and I would talk to the company you bought the valve from.


DMG123  Posted: 09/11/2017 19:20 PM 

Hi, I have replaced my multiport valve last year due to the gasket seemingly melting into place, unable to remove anything more than bits and pieces. I just received the new valve, which came with a gasket, flushed the lines and went to check the gasket after and again, completely melted. Anyone ever deal with this? I am wondering if they came melted in, from being stored in a warehouse in the heat or something?


Inyopools  Posted: 09/03/2017 14:42 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

john p - It sounds like the previous owner used the wrong glue when he replaced the gasket. You may be at the point where you have to buy a new Key Assembly that holds the gasket. See our guide on "How To Replace a Pool Multiport Valve Spring" This guide includes information on replacing the Key Assembly.


john p  Posted: 08/30/2017 21:14 PM 

I did everything this guide said up until removing the old gasket. I physically cannot remove it no matter how hard I pull and I can’t upturn it with screwdrivers, pliers or any other tool. I’ve basically torn off a lot of the rubber but there is still so much I can’t remove. I don’t know if I’m doing it wrong or the original person who installed did it wrong. Please helP


Inyopools  Posted: 07/18/2017 16:09 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Anonymous (handle won't turn) - The white plastic bearing washer underneath the handle may be broken. See our guide on "How To Replace a Pool Multiport Valve Spring" for instructions on locating and replacing this washer.


Anonymous  Posted: 07/16/2017 22:20 PM 

I just replaced my gasket and now the handle won't turn and water is still coming out the backwash line while it is set to filter. Any ideas?


Luke  Posted: 07/03/2017 17:45 PM 

I just ordered your Vari-flow 5 Gasket for my Pentair Multi-port Backwash Valve (27-1140) being run with a Triton Sand Filter and a Hayward pump. This is my second try so I'm just trying to get it right! Will this work? Thanks....


Inyopools  Posted: 07/03/2017 16:09 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

O2Rocker - The plug is the upper part of the assembly that the gasket is set in. The intent here was to make sure you depressed the handle all the way down so that the gasket in the plug does not rub against the lower body of the valve while the gasket glue is drying.


O2Rocker  Posted: 07/02/2017 11:37 AM 

Step 9 says, rotate handle being careful not to rub plug. What "plug" are you referring to and how do you avoid rubbing it? Thx.


Inyopools  Posted: 06/17/2017 13:52 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

nece - It is not absolutely necessary to set your MPV to "winter". Just make sure to line up the top and bottom of the MPV together correctly when reassembling the MPV.


nece  Posted: 06/16/2017 15:00 PM 

I do not have a winter setting on my valve. It is a Haward and looks identical to the one in the picture. What should I set the valve on when changing the spider gasket?


Inyopools  Posted: 05/15/2017 9:34 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

Karen - Unfortunately, we do not sell replacement parts for the NE6170 Filter 6 Way Valve.


Karen  Posted: 05/12/2017 17:34 PM 

I need a spider gasket, but the only numbers I see on the filter is NF6170, it's a 1.5 hp blue wave sand filter, water leaking out of back wash, pool stays cloudy


Inyopools  Posted: 03/19/2017 23:44 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Spider gasket - Inspect the gasket again for tears or breaks. Then try lubricating it. If that doesn't work try gluing the cross points on the gasket to the key assembly. don't use a lot of glue. And remember to turn the pump off before rotating the handle.


Anonymous  Posted: 03/14/2017 17:30 PM 

Hi, I have only recently changed the spider gasket. About a couple of years. It still looks new. It has started to leak again from the multivalve. When I replaced the gasket before I did not put any adhesive or lubricated it.


Inyopools  Posted: 09/28/2016 22:29 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Backwashing without shutting off pump - There's a good chance that you have blown the spider gasket. Do you see water flowing or leaking out the waste line when the valve is in filter mode? Pull off the top of the valve and take a look at the gasket.


Anonymous  Posted: 09/28/2016 10:27 AM 

Hello , my wife did a backwash without turning off the pool first, we have been losing a lot of water since. could she have broken a pipe somewhere?


Inyopools  Posted: 08/13/2016 11:44 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

valve leaking - It sounds like you have a spider gasket going bad. That's the only thing that controls the flow of water through the filter. Check the gasket for cracks and replace it if required.


Anonymous  Posted: 08/12/2016 20:46 PM 

I have a sand filter and an inground pool.I turned off my filter, n switched to backwash to empty water from my pool. I then turned filter off and switched back to filter. There is still a little bit of water leaking from waste pipe it wasn't before


Inyopools  Posted: 08/06/2016 10:49 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

lesg - I could not find a match on FIMTA 50-90 v-w. Try matching your spider gasket to one of these listed in our Spider Gasket EZ Find list.


lesg  Posted: 08/04/2016 6:43 AM 

Hi
I have a problem with my 5 way new seat system. The seal is broken, the only name I can find on the unit is FIMTA 50-90 v-w.
Could you please advise?


Inyopools  Posted: 06/27/2016 15:44 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

spider gasket - The large hole in the spider gasket that takes up half of the gasket in used in all modes as the gasket is rotated around with the handle. See our guide on "How a Multiport Valve Operates II" for a more complete explanation.


Anonymous  Posted: 06/26/2016 18:23 PM 

Is the lage hole in the spider gasket for the filter o the backwash?


Inyopools  Posted: 06/20/2016 14:23 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

ronald - I'm not sure what the image you sent me is - http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/idrack/X5031-2.jpg. It doesn't look like the standard SP0714T MPV. Can you send me a set of pictures of the old Valve, top and side views? Can you measure the stem of the old Key Seal Assembly and the stem of the new Key Seal Assembly? Is your filter a sand or a DE filter?


ronald  Posted: 06/18/2016 8:07 AM 

I can't tell what make and model this multivalve assembly is? Mine is old and faded. http://imgs.inkfrog.com/pix/idrack/X5031-2.jpg
I believe its a Hayward so I bought the replacement for the Hayward SPX0714CA Key Seal Assembly but the shaft is shorter so the assembly does not reach the diffuser (?) to make a seal. The shaft is shorter by about 1/8th of an inch.

thanks
Bought


Inyopools  Posted: 06/14/2016 11:53 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

Krissea333 - I 'm not sure why you removed the valve handle. You want to separate the valve cover assembly from the valve body by removing the 8 screws. See step #3. This will prevent any water flow to the gasket grooves and give you a dry surface to glue.


Krissea333  Posted: 06/13/2016 8:32 AM 

I am trying to replace and glue the spider gasket but it seems that there is water still flowing after I remove the valve handle. It's not gushing but there is no way I can dry the groove to glue the gasket in. Do I need a whole new valve?


Krissea333  Posted: 06/12/2016 22:33 PM 

I am trying to replace and glue the spider gasket but it seems that there is water still flowing after I remove the valve handle. It's not gushing but there is no way I can dry the groove to glue the gasket in. Do I need a whole new valve?


Inyopools  Posted: 06/12/2016 13:19 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

TerryR - Take a look at the spring and washers on the valve stem. They may need to be replaced. See our guide on "How To Replace a Pool Multiport Valve Spring".


TerryR  Posted: 06/10/2016 18:30 PM 

I replace my gasket that comes as a hole now it's leaking thru the handle suggestions ?


Inyopools  Posted: 06/10/2016 10:05 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

Pool Issues - Many manufacturers have gone to gluing the gasket in to keep the gasket from slipping out. They no longer sell the gasket by itself. If your valve manufacturer sells the gasket separately, slipping out might not be as large an issue. Some customers hedge by spot gluing the gasket at 3-4 intersections to help keep the gasket in place yet make it easier to replace later.


Pool Issues  Posted: 06/08/2016 14:53 PM 

Hello All, I've gotten mixed answers on whether or not to use glue for my new spider gasket on a Hayward sp715xr50.. Does anyone here know for sure? Thanks in advance.


Inyopools  Posted: 06/07/2016 10:35 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

Careless - It sounds like the spider gasket in you Multiport valve is blown and will have to be replaced. Depending on the manufacturer, these gaskets are sold separately or pre-glued into the Key/seal Assembly like this one. If they are pre-glued, you will have to by the assembly to replace the gasket.


Careless  Posted: 06/06/2016 22:23 PM 

I may have turned the multiport handle before the pump was completely stopped (not paying attention). There was a pop and now I can only use the filer port. I do not get any suction when the handle is on any port union except filter. Should I replace the multipart valve or could I have other damage?


Inyopools  Posted: 06/02/2016 16:14 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Lynchrose - I'm not sure what multiport valve you have with your Jacuzzi Sandtrap filter, but this appears to be the key assembly that is used with the MPVs that mounts on your filter. If this looks like your key assembly, you are right. The spider gasket is glued onto the assembly and can not be purchased separately.


Lynchrose  Posted: 06/01/2016 7:22 AM 

Hi we have a Jacuzzi Sandtrapp St-24 filter
I've noticed and all of the diagrams there was no picture of a separate gasket . Do I have to buy one pre-glued or do they sell the spider gasket separately?


Inyopools  Posted: 09/16/2015 17:10 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

hawaii pool - We sell your SP-715x62 MPV spider gasket separately which may indicate that it does not have to be glued in. When you take your valve apart, see if the current gasket is glued in. If it is, I would recommend gluing the new gasket in.