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 Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: whitemocha (OH)

The plastic sump wrench and I can no longer remove the pre-softener whole house plastic sediment filter housing. I used Vaseline last time I changed the thing. Even tried whacking the sump wrench with a hammer while carefully holding the copper pipping. I'm getting tennis elbow. Any suggestions for loosening this thing??

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: redwood (CT)

Has the pressure been bled off or, is the housing still under pressure?

Vaselene may not have been a good idea. It is a petroleum based grease and may attack some plstics...

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: whitemocha (OH)

Oh yes, I didn't forget to release the pressure. Turn both in and out handles off, release pressure and unscrew. My (actually licensed) plumber told me to put Vaseline on the gasket and threads last year and been doing that every three months since!! Maybe I overtightened it after the last filter change. I don't have any special plumbing tools/wrenches, etc. It's a blue plastic sump with OmniFilter written on top. And little for anything to grab on to except shallow tabs for the useless plastic wrench.

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: fsp (NC)

You may try a "cheater bar" (long piece of ridged pipe that will fit over the handle of your wrench that acts as an extension) to give you some extra leverage.

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: whitemocha (OH)

Hmm. Sounds like a good idea. Will let you know...thanks!

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: whitemocha (OH)

Finally got it! Your idea got me to use the only thing available-short extension nozzle from the vacuum cleaner-but it was a little too big. So thinking the problem may be the difficulty of putting enough pressure on the skinny, flat sump wrench bare handed, I popped off the foam pad from the leg lever of the bench press, lol. It allowed me to contort myself and support the pipes and literally, chest press the wrench, and alas, it gave. Of course though, within minutes after changing the filter and re-tightening, it leaked.

Funny thing though. While hunched around the thing doing the plumbers-chest-press, I notice for the first time in five years, a warning saying never tighten it on with the wrench, only use wrench to loosen. Have always wrench re-tightened or else it will guarantee leak. Finally got it to stop using Vaseline and the wrench. Dunno why such a simple piece of equipment has to be the biggest dreaded chore of the seasons. I couldn't stick around and see if it leaks after the second time of carefully eagle eying the threads and hand tightening yet. Stuck a bucket under it and came back to thank you. Brain surgery has to be easier.

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: fsp (NC)

Thats great! Way to use what you got! I'm glad you were able to handle it. I think once you tighten it with a wrench once, you will have to get it at least that tight every time after that.

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: whitemocha (OH)

Ahhh! Over-tightening creating a forever need to over-tighten never crossed my mind either. I don't think I'll live the amount of time it'll take to know it all about home maintenance...but you've gotten me one step closer. Thanks again for the assistance!

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: North Carolina Plumber (NC)

They make a special plumbers grease thats safe to use on the threads and o-ring. If you use it, hand tight will be plenty to keep it from leaking.

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: fsp (NC)

Good call, faucet is what I use too.

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

Omni Filter of Delevan, Wisconsin, suggest that you hand tighten the filter housing, after servicing the filter. A very light coating of silicone grease will assure that the "O-Ring" will last longer and a water tite fit.

If the housing continues to leak after hand tightening, consider replacing the "O-Ring" with a new OEM one.

The wrench is used, only have both pressures have been shut off and the filter housing valve relieved.

Best Wishes

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: royboy (SC)

Ah yes; one of my pet peeves. Plumbers grease is one of the worst cases of mis-naming a product. It is petroleum based and useless for almost all plumbimg applications. Get a tube of silicone grease and use it for all plastic and rubber items. I don't even carry the so-called plumbers grease anymore.

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 Re: Sediment filter housing stuck
Author: e-plumber (NY)

Dow Corning 111 is GREAT stuff and a tube will last a loooong time

e-plumber
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