Having decided to open my pool myself (pool newbie), we decided to peek under the mesh safety cover last night.
The water is relatively clear (has some gunk, but we can see the bottom in the 8ft.), not green, and is approximately 56 degrees.
I've studied pool school, and done research but couldn't find answers to the following questions.
1) My 2 eyeball returns are currently underwater and capped with white, handled caps. If I open them, obviously whatever is in them will end up in the pool. Is that ok?
2) Stored filter pressure gauge seemed to have clear, rubbery material (silicone?) on the threads. Does it need some kind of lubricant or sealant when reinstalled?
3) My pentair sand filter has a hard, clear-white plug that goes in the bottom, I assume holding the sand and water in. Does this plug need lubricant or sealant? Does it go on hand-tight or mechanically tightened as much as possible?
4) Are there any parts in the pump or motor or filter that need lubricated, now while things are still dry?
(Oh, I see I need to update my signature! No in-line chlorinator anymore, and a new multiport!)