This is my first time closing my pool. The pool store gave us an EZ Drain cover when we bought the pool. I've been following the TFP method and I've had a ton of success this year. I want to do the same for closing, but the instructions for this cover go against what I read here. They're telling me not to use chlorine based chemicals to close the pool. Also, not to drain below the return.
Here is a PDF I found online of the instructions: http://www.ezdraincover.com/EZ_Drain_Web.pdf
The version that I have is slightly different. Mine says to drain below the skimmer and install the skimmer plate and then cover the pool. It also tells me to buy a winterizing orb from my local pool store - does anyone even know what's in those things?? No clue how I'm supposed to remove the return in order to attach the hose fitting - if I drain and refill my chemicals will be totally off and my filter disconnected!!
Please please help!!