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Thread: Above ground closing and repair advice

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    Join Date
    Sep 2016

    Above ground closing and repair advice

    Hello everyone. I’m so glad I got recommended to this forum. I’ve learned a lot in my reading so far.

    We moved into a new place last year that included a pool with no previous pool experience. So far we’ve used a local pool shop for testing along with chlorine tablets and shock. It’s worked reasonably well, but it has gone sideways a couple times and was difficult and expensive to get clear again.

    I’m planning on reading this forum over the winter and will handle all testing and maintenance when we reopen next spring. No more trips to the pool store!

    I’ve been reading about closing and learned a ton, but have a few specific questions. I’d be grateful for some advice.

    24ft above ground—about 4ft depth
    Raised deck built along side
    It’s a bit older and not sure of brand—pool caps have a “JW” logo
    Hayward 2 speed pump
    Sand filter—sand was changed out this last summer.

    -There are a couple of small plumbing leaks that I’m planning to repair (with some help from a friend) at closing. One is at the outside of a return. It’s possible I may need to replace whole piece and not just the plumbing on the outside. Where and how could I find the correct replacement part?

    -At closing I’ll syphon the water down, take off the “eyeballs”, and plug the return lines. How do I flush the water out of the lines? Shop Vac from the end—Air compressor from the pool side?

    -We need a good new cover. What brand would you recommend where is good place to get it? I may use pavers if needed to weigh it down.

    -Last winter the cover was hard to keep clean and water off it. I used a syphon and it worked ok, but not able to get to the middle at all. What’s a good plan there—pool pillow, or an inner tube of some sort?

    Thanks so much for the help!

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    Join Date
    May 2016
    Coram, NY

    Re: Above ground closing and repair advice


    For blowing out the lines a shop vac should work. I use a shop vac and I have lines running underground.

    Pool cover - I like Robelle pool can find them on amazon.

    For water removal - I syphone with a hose, it works. You can also get a decent priced pool cover pump. I use an air pillow under the cover since I am in NY but it helps keep the water around the pool and not the middle.

    I hope this helps!!

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    Join Date
    Sep 2016

    Re: Above ground closing and repair advice

    Thanks so much for the help, I appreciate it.
    Some sort of pool pillow will be helpful. It was hard to keep clean and dry last year just like you describe.

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