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    Taking down above ground inflatable ring pool

    First, thanks everyone for such great advise! We had a wonderful pool season because of you.
    Are there any special procedures I should know about when draining and taking down/storing my pool?
    18' round intex with an inflatable ring. Sand pump and swg.
    Thanks so much!!
    18x48 intex AG, 2650 Intex sand filter and salt system, I think around 5500 gallons

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    Re: Taking down above ground inflatable ring pool

    Glad to hear you had a good season. If you plan on completely taking-down your pool & equipment, now is the time to be picky. Once all the water is removed, it's probably best to let the vinyl air-out for a while to get it as dry as possible before you fold it up and store it to avoid algae growth. If you have the original box, it may be a good idea to try and store it in there as best as you can for protection from punctures and such during storage. The pump, filter, and equipment should be drained and moved somewhere out of the winter elements if possible. Perhaps a shed or spot in the garage if you have it. Perhaps others will have a thought or two. Have a nice evening.
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    Re: Taking down above ground inflatable ring pool

    If you can get an Intex pool back into the original box, I've got to see a picture of that!
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    Re: Taking down above ground inflatable ring pool

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffchap View Post
    If you can get an Intex pool back into the original box, I've got to see a picture of that!
    I have put mine back in the box for the last 2 years, with help. But I sure wish I could leave it up over the winter. Good advice on drying it out thoroughly. I also put cheap baby powder all over the pool as I fold it up. It keeps the vinyl from sticking to itself. I bring the SWG and all of the sand filter, except the tank, indoors (stored in original boxes). After draining the covered tank for a couple of days, I wrap a tarp snugly around it, secured with straps. It stays out under the deck.
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    Re: Taking down above ground inflatable ring pool

    I drain down as far as possible using siphon method, then use shop vac to get out remaining water. Do it on a calm sunny day, so you get some air drying time also.

    Following all this, the pool is still guaranteed not to be completely dry, since the top diameter is smaller than the base diameter, so you have that area all around the pool where the collapsed ring and pool wall are sheltering more wet spots and small puddles. I use a pile of swim towels to dry all this remaining water (crouching inside the empty pool, and burrowing under the collapsed wall to get at all the areas needing attention). This part is lots of fun (not).

    Once you have the air ring completely empty, and sort of zig-zag folded (in other words, the pool is now a flat circle on the ground, with the walls and ring folded inward as neatly as you can manage), you start folding up the pool on itself, exposing the underside. Here is another cleaning and drying step; often there is various organic stuff that has been flourishing under there during the summer, as well as wet dirt or sand (setting up the pool on a tarp doesn't prevent the mess, although I'm sure it would be a lot worse without the tarp). I usually let the exposed portions of pool bottom dry in the sun for a while after cleaning, before going on to the next lengthwise folding step.

    I would definitely advise a larger container than the original box (we use one of those car rooftop carriers -- like a giant fast food box -- works well for an 18' ring top pool), as trying to get the pool back down to the original package size sounds extremely frustrating. The whole job is tedious enough without adding that challenge, IMO! Also, the original box would not be mouse resistant, which definitely matters where we live.

    Our pool is always put away clean and dry, and has been pleasant to work with the next spring as a result. We did have two cracks in the ring this year (at fold points) -- I will try the baby powder approach recommended by the previous poster, to see if it helps this year. However, maybe the ring is just getting more brittle after several seasons of sun exposure.

    Usually I do all of the cleaning, drying, putting away myself -- so it definitely can be a one-person job. It's not fast work, though, so be patient and do other outdoor fall chores while waiting for the next step on the pool.

    P.S. The swim towels that are used for cleaning and drying the pool (usually about half a dozen of them) require a run through the laundry with bleach after this process.
    Last edited by singingpond; 09-08-2016 at 04:13 PM. Reason: try to clarify folding sequence
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    Re: Taking down above ground inflatable ring pool

    Thank you all for these great tips!
    18x48 intex AG, 2650 Intex sand filter and salt system, I think around 5500 gallons

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    Re: Taking down above ground inflatable ring pool

    I had a smaller ring top pool at first. I also had a "BIG CLIMBER" (sort of a STEP 2 PLASTIC FORT) in the yard. I would pull the pool up over the top and let it dry.

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    Re: Taking down above ground inflatable ring pool

    This year I am ordering a Christmas tree storage bag with wheels. The size is right (a little bigger than original box), the price is great, and I can hopefully move it by myself. I will update when I get pool stored.

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    Re: Taking down above ground inflatable ring pool



    AG, Intex 18' x48" Easy Set pool( =/- 5455 gal)
    Intex SF80110 sand filter & SWG ECO 7110, Hayward AquaCritter
    Well water, location is north Texas, usually up from late May to Oct.
    Taylor TF-100 test kit, TDS Digital Salinity meter and Taylor salt kit

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