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    vacation tips?

    I will be away just over a week and I am concerned of too much water evaporation since its been in the 90s for the past week. I assume, I should switch over mostly to the main drain?

    Any tips would be appreciated.
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    Re: vacation tips?

    I think that would work just fine. If you have a solar cover, you could put it on to slow down the evaporation and keep some of the junk out of the pool.
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    Re: vacation tips?

    I have the same situation and was thinking of the following.

    Cover with Solar Cover (to help with evaporation)
    Turn off SWCG (to keep chloring from going through the roof while I am away)
    Run Main Drains only, not skimmer (just in case comething clogs the skimmer)

    I am most concerned with turning off the SWCG, but if I do not, the chlorine will be really high after a week.

    Is this a prudent method, or should I do something else? This is my first time going away, and I will be gone for about a week.
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    Re: vacation tips?

    Winger -- I'd leave the pump pulling from both the skimmer and MD's That way if the skimmer plugged up it'd just pull from the MD's.
    I wouldn't turn the SWCG off. I'd just turn it way down and let it run. If the FC gets a little high you can uncover it and let it burn off after you get back. If you turn it off the FC will possibly go to zero and you'll have to fight that once you get back.
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    Re: vacation tips?

    Bama:

    Thanks. I'd rather have too much chlorine than too little while away, so I'll keep the generator on, and both skimmer and MD going all while the solar cover remains on.
    Jim

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