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Can't get my hayward filter lid off. It turns a little bit, then pops and won't come off....it's stuck. How can I get it off?

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Sounds like it is stripped. Hope it is the cap and not the part the filter is in. If you are very careful you may get the top off by taking 2 items you can pry with. Either screwdrivers or something similar. Have another person help if there is room. Place one of the pry items under the edge of the cap and put a little upward pressure on it. Have another person do the same thing on the opposite side. Now, carefully start to work the top off. Allow yourself time and patience. It will probably turn with difficulty but keep going. I assume it is plastic and maybe when you take the top off you will cut some new threads. They may allow you to use the same top or not, good luck...Lee

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