Hi there, After past posts indicating leaks in my returns and such, last year I decided to replace the lines and leave them above ground for testing as well as peace of mind before burying them this year. So far no problems, had a great swimming season and blew them dry in the fall. I decided to winterize the skimmer to pump line also myself for the first time, again, a breeze.
The only thing that was worrying me and justifying the pool store's $175 price was the main drain to skimmer line, I couldn't wrap my head around doing it properly.
When I mentioned this to a friend that I've known for about 10 years, he tells me that that's what he did for about 2 seasons many years ago and he'd gladly help me out.
He simply blew the line continuously on and off and poured antifreeze ( about 1.2gal.) down the skimmer blew, poured more, blew till red antifreeze was seen escaping from the drain at which time he plugged the skimmer hole. This didn't sit well with me as every year when I opened the pool ( as was taught to me by the pool company I was using) I'd pull foam out from that line.
Well an early spring is greeting me with what seem to be a water line much lower than I remember leaving it at, not to mention that It's usually almost at swimming level by spring with all of our melted snow. there's still snow and ice in the pool so it's hard to tell but with my shallow end at about 30-36 inches I bet the whole liner floor will be dry there when the snow is gone.
Was his method sound?
Are there other possibilities I should be looking at?
If it is the drain line, what kind of repair is in my future?