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Old 03-07-2010, 06:39 AM   #1
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Twist lock plug is stuck!


I am installing a new pool pump - but the old one doesn't want to let go. It's a twist lock plug (I think)...it won't come out. I tried turning and pulling both directions...I am a bit embarrassed that I can't figure this one out. It's been installed for six years - could it be fused to the outlet?

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Very well could be. May be the reason why the old pump didn't work.

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Does the plug still twist? (maximum is about a quarter inch)

If not then you are stuck (no pun intended).

With the plug twisted all the way to the left you can try inserting a screwdriver between the plug and the receptacle and prying it loose. Insert the screwdriver and pry just a little in different places all around, don't just insert it once and pry.
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Does the plug still twist? (maximum is about a quarter inch)

If not then you are stuck (no pun intended).

With the plug twisted all the way to the left you can try inserting a screwdriver between the plug and the receptacle and prying it loose. Insert the screwdriver and pry just a little in different places all around, don't just insert it once and pry.
This might be obvious, but worth mentioning. If you try prying with a screwdriver, PLEASE make sure the power is off to the receptacle first.

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Are you sure it's a plug and not the end fitting of liquitight conduit?

Some of those kind of look like plugs...

http://www.crouse-hinds.com/crousehi...iquidtight.jpg

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