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    Pumping off the winter cover with a fountain pump

    This is my first year closing a pool and I am still learning what will work best for my pool. With all the leaves I know I have to get a leaf net next year. I bought a 264 GPH fountain pump at Harbor Freight for around 12.00. It comes with various fittings and works quite well. I took a plastic gallon jug and drilled a lot of holes in it. Putting the fountain pump in the gallon jug and then submerging it in the water keeps the leaves from clogging up the pump. A couple of smooth round rocks in the container also keeps it weighed down. Attachment 43696Attachment 43698
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    Re: Pumping off the winter cover with a fountain pump

    Interesting. So you just place this on top of your cover to prevent it from accumulating excess water and collapsing? Do you ever anticipate any problems with freezing?
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    Re: Pumping off the winter cover with a fountain pump

    It is not an automatic left out there forever pump. Just drag it out and use it to get the excess water off when needed. We are definitively expecting freezing here. I would post before and after pictures of the pool but have reached my maximum allowed photos.
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    Re: Pumping off the winter cover with a fountain pump

    Understood. Certainly a lot more convenient to plug that thing in during bad weather as opposed to manual labor. Nice idea.
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    Re: Pumping off the winter cover with a fountain pump

    Ah ha, photo bucket - Before pumping the water off:



    After pumping the water off:
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    Re: Pumping off the winter cover with a fountain pump

    Wow, certainly a big difference.
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