showing broken fittting that is stuck... the white fitting is the new replacement.. you see threaded end is same as piece stuck in the pool filter enter image description here

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There are also internal pipe wrenches available just for this situation:

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Lotsa options, including the hacksaw method mentioned by bombcar, none of them foolproof or easy:

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Carefully use a saw like this

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it'll take a hacksaw blade.

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    If you cut most of the way through the pvc, but not into the threads in the filter housing, you should be able to use a small screwdriver or knife to pry the broken fitting out.
    – Mark
    Commented Jul 8, 2017 at 2:55

I used a Dremel and tried to grind/file/route away some of the pipe (essentially to make a channel along the length of the tube, to try to weaken the circle).

You'll have to be careful b/c you don't want to grind down the threads on the pipe that is the receiver of the connection. You'll also have to be careful b/c the Dremel is an electric tool and you're around water.

After this, I used a small screwdriver and a hammer to gently wedge it between to two pipes. Eventually it separated the two pipes enough where I was able to use some needle nose pliers to grab it and start to rip off parts of the pipe.

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