04:10PM | 09/13/05
Member Since: 09/12/05
1 lifetime posts
I can't remove the sump off of my whole-house water filter to replace the filter. I assume I must have overtightened it last time I replaced the filter. I tried tapping the plastic wrench lightly with a hammer to loosten it and just succeeded in breaking the wrench. Is there any way to get the sump off or do I need to remove the whole filter and replace it?

Gary Slusser

07:50AM | 09/17/05
Member Since: 02/17/04
112 lifetime posts
Possibly you aren't shutting off the water and relieving the pressure before you attempt to remove the sump? Otherwise get a strap wrench, hold the plumbing to prevent damage and use a cheater wrench or piece of pipe on the strap wrench handle to increase the leverage and loosen the sump.

When installing it, make sure the oring is clean and do not use petroleum type lubricants, water only or food grade silicone ONLY. DO NOT lube the threads of the head etc., water only if not dry and then do not over tighten. Oring seals are not pipe thread type seals and they are only snug, not tightened until they can't turn anymore.

Possibly you have the type filter that has the oring on the outside of the sump, they have this problem of not being able to get them off. A better design is with the oring in a groove in the sump that mates with the flat surface of the bottom of the head. So if you have the first type, maybe throwing it out and getting a good filter is in order.


Quality Water Associates


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.



Post_new_button or Login_button

Write a message on your pumpkin but avoid the trouble of etching or carving. Go for chalkboard paint instead! Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... A kitchen in a greenhouse—who wouldn't enjoy spending time in this light-filled space? Details that enhance the conservato... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... The Infinite Artisan Fire Bowl from Eldorado Outdoor is made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete, and offered in Oak Barr... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon