15 myths about pool parts

15 Myths About Pool Parts

11 thoughts on “15 Myths About Pool Parts

  1. My pool guy just replaced the o ring on the top of our filter that has been in operation for about 6 months. We had a pool in Northern Pennsylvania and replaced it once in 7 years and it wasn’t leaking then. His response was that the heat down here in Florida causes them to deteriorate much faster. I have a hard time believing this because the o rings on the water jackets of Diesel engines are subject to temperatures above 200 degrees 24/7 without fail.
    This is a salt water pool. Is he right or full of it.


    1. Bud – our Florida heat can take a toll on gaskets but it could also be the simple case of a bad gasket. There is always one in the bunch.

      I would go with a “wait and see” approach. If the new gasket goes kaput in a few months then you may have a bone to pick with the pool or manufacturer.

      Also, I am not a mechanic or a rubber scientist, but the rubbers used in pool filters and diesel engines probably use different compound structures. Most filter gaskets are basic o-rings, usually aren’t even viton rubber.

  2. I am replacing the gasket on my pool light, do I need to wipe the edges of the lens and or any of the light parts with Teflon o ring grease ( magic lube )

  3. I have a Hayward pump attached to a Clearwater Sand Filter. Do I have to use the high pressure hose or can I use a regular pool hose. The high pressure one doesn’t fit on the connection, it keeps sliding off and I tried a hose clamp and it does nothing.

    1. it depends on the model and size of the Hayward pump, but generally, I would stick with the high-pressure hose.Have you tried different plumbing adapters to gets the hose to fit properly?

  4. Help!! My know it all husband slathered all the gaskets and o rings with vasoline. How do i remove it without damaging the rubber. Also do you need to lubricate the diaphragm gasket on a Hayward de filter?

    1. The Vaseline takes time to deteriorate rubber and other compound o rings and gaskets. Just wipe them down and remove the residue with warm water and dish soap. Re-install with good silicon lube. The gasket in the D E filter should be good with a little lube for installation.

  5. I’m hoping someone can help! I lost pressure in my pump so I took everything apart and put it back together. I got back about 1/2 of the pressure but I still don’t have a full seal. I found the area that is causing the problem and it comes down to two options: find a way to create a gasket/seal in one pipe that is essentially a smooth PVC to smooth PVC connection with a screwed on sleeve connecting them OR to tear apart at least four connections that are glued (ex-husband!) together in order to replace the ONE part that has a proper o-ring.
    My question is really just if it would be of benefit to just buy the DIY gasket material and CREATE a more airtight seal between the two smooth pipe connections…and do you think this will work before I go handy-woman on it?
    Also-if you think it WILL work…what type of material for the DIY gasket would you recommend?

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