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Thread: All right for a little water remaining in returns?

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    All right for a little water remaining in returns?

    Hey all,

    Attempting to close this myself after my first year of pool ownership.
    The returns have been blown with a compressor and I hear a small gargle after shutting the pressure off. This tells me that there may be a little left.
    Should I just pour RV antifreeze down the two returns?
    I have made pipes with 90 degree elbows that are screwed into the returns then capped. This means I can leave the water a little higher as I have an auto cover...

    Any suggestions on that last bit left in the pipe?

    thanks

    dannyboy
    25k Inground Vinyl - 3ft to 10ft, Tagelus TA-60 Sand, Minimax 400 Heater, Save T3 autocover.

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    Re: All right for a little water remaining in returns?

    It's probably fine as it is You might want to take one more stab at blowing the water out - when you blow out lines, the water clings to the sides of the pipe, you need to periodically stop the air flow so that the water can puddle - the next blast of air will remove most of the puddle, repeat the blow/ stop/ blow until only a very fine mist comes out. On the other hand, say you've still got ~ 1/2 cup of water in the line, 1/2 gal antifreeze will be more than enough to mix with the water and protect the line. (if you need info on a couple different ways to make the water puddle, I'll happily provide them for you )

    One other consideration in this is how deep the pipes are run in the ground - if they're below the frost level, that's a big plus - but I'd still try to get all the water out and use some antifreeze!
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

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    Re: All right for a little water remaining in returns?

    Thanks for the response Waste.
    The trouble is I have to blow the pipes and cannot see the pool from where I'm doing it.
    Will have the missus to confirm and will purchase a little RV AF...

    Cheers
    25k Inground Vinyl - 3ft to 10ft, Tagelus TA-60 Sand, Minimax 400 Heater, Save T3 autocover.

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    Re: All right for a little water remaining in returns?

    Dannyboy, this is usually a 2 person operation

    Glad to help and hope it works out for you!

    We'll be here if you have any other questions

    You're almost there, I think you can handle the rest of this
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

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