I have read Pool School and many posts about closing my IG pool. However, I find that I do not understand all the Jargon being used, making it difficult to understand. You helped me open my pool this spring and need to close it myself this week. It would be most helpful to get some step by step instructions that even a female novice can understand.
I raised the chlorine level to Shock yesterday. Today, I would like to lower the water level. I have already removed the stair rails. I have attached pics of my equipment and set-up. Using the Pool School instructions, I have the following questions:
Store Equipment - I have removed the rails but wonder if I should do something about the holes and screw things in the concrete for the winter? What about the freezing and thawing. Will it cause problems?
Drain – I have the Aqua Genie skimmer/inlet setup. No eyeballs. I would like to lower the water level using my main drain, but unsure how to do that. Do I move my filter arm to waste and close all the pipes off except for the main drain one?
Remove Fittings – No eyeballs to remove, just skimmer basket.
Blow out the Lines – No Clue. I have a Leaf Blower but it has a very large opening at the end. Need Step by Step directions here please. I am NOT against renting whatever equipment I need to do this.
Drain Plugs – Assuming this is just the reverse of what I did this spring?
Anti-Freeze – How much? There is an RV dealership just down the road from me. If I can’t get it there, will a PS have it?
Seal the Pipes. I have a “gizmo” and a cover that goes over the skimmer/inlet combo opening. Do I need to tape it on to make sure it will stay? It doesn’t look like it would make a tight fit from looking at it.
Cover – I have an automatic cover and once the water level is dropped, it “drags” over the water, preventing it from closing completely. There will be a 4-5inch gap between the cover and the wall. I tried covering the gap with water bags to no avail. They either fall down through the gap into the water, or fall over off the gap onto the cover, depending on how much water is in them. It is a futile effort. I threw them out this spring. Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated. I get immense amounts of worms and debris in the shallow end due to this problem. Maybe I can lower the water level with the cover already closed? Would this be possible?
Cover Pump – No problem with this one.
Slide - I did not see anything about this?
I would like to close by mid week so any help would be appreciated. Weather is to be sunny and mid 60s until Weds.