So after years of dealing with chilly weather and water getting tossed all over me while trying to tighten expandable plugs in the return and suction inlets, Im looking for ideas to make the job less messy.
I tried the Gigit winterizing jet insert and the Anderson winter duck plug. Has anyone else tried these? Im curious as to how well they really keep the water out of the pipes
I felt more comfortable with the duck plug because I can use it in conjunction with my liner blower and I can actually see when the lines have no water left in them (especially the skimmer line, all I see is a light mist coming out). The Gigit requires compressed air which I can provide but I know doesnt get the most amount of water out of the lines as possible.
I also had another idea......building a "periscope" type insert that can be screwed into the wall jets (a male threaded insert, short length of pipe, then a 90 degree to bring the pipe straight out of the water). Basically the top of the periscope would be above water level, you could blow out the pipes from the pump end (or even the periscope end if you wanted), then just seal the top of that pipe and you are set. You would need an o-ring where the PVC screws into the wall jet, but thats not much different than the Gigit or duck valve. Has anyone tried THAT idea?
Thanks in advance.