handyman pool oringA handyman doesn’t often work on pool equipment, but when you do, you don’t want to get any air into the system. Assuming the equipment is in good shape, you need to pay attention to the o-rings. You will find them where two parts (halves) of the equipment meet. You will see them where the top and bottom of the filter meet, and where the top of the pot joins the bottom. You probably won’t be getting into the valves, but if you do, there will be one there as well.

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When you have the equipment apart, the o-ring will sit in a groove. Use a cloth or towel and clean out the groove where the two halves meet. It will be somewhat greasy which will attract and hold small amounts of debris. Clean out this debris as this can allow air into the system.

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Use a product specifically designed for pool o-rings and gaskets. You can buy a tube at any pool store.  Squirt some product in the palm of your hand and place the gasket or o-ring in your hand. Use your other hand to pull the o-ring through the palm of your hand. You want to squeeze your lubricated hand around the o-ring as it passes. This will lubricate the o-ring as it passes through your hand and clean the debris off of it as well.

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