handyman gaugeA handyman doesn’t normally work on swimming pools often, but for a leaking pressure gauge, a beginner could certainly do it.

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The pool filter pressure gauge sits on top of the filter and not only tells the pressure at the filter tank, but also bleeds out air. Air will rise to the top of the tank which is where the gauge is located. The gauge sits on top of a valve that allows air out. 

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If the valve leaks while the pump is on, or if you can hear a sucking noise right after you turn the pump off, then the valve is leaking and should be replaced. Fortunately, this is an easy fix. 

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The valve simply unscrews from the top of the tank. The valve and gauge will usually come in two pieces. Open the valve to allow air into the system and then unscrew the old unit from the top of the tank. The new valve will have an o-ring installed and you can just screw it right on to the top of the tank. 

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Wrap the threads on the bottom of the pressure gauge with teflon tape and screw it onto the top of the valve. Orient the face of the gauge  so it is convenient to see and then turn on the pump. Bleed out the air using the valve an then close the valve when water starts to flow from it.

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