I want to try to close our pool this year because I'm tired of paying the PS hundreds of $$ and them only doing half the job.
However, I am SO clueless when it comes to anything mechanical. I think I can handle it, once I know what to do. I'm so afraid of messing it up and ruining our pool.
So, I went ahead and took some pictures so you all can see our set up.
**Disclaimer, I know our water is GREEN right now. We're struggling so much with it. We can get it clear, but it won't stay that way for long. I'm sure it's because we use the Frog. However, I had a case of those BacPacs I wanted to get used up since we already spent so much money on them. I'm going to get the pool clear before I close it up for the year though.
So, here's some of my questions.
1)Should I drain some water? I don't think the PS does at all.
2)I have these two parts (the white screw in plug and the white tupperware lid type thing). Where do they go and should I be using them. The PS does, but honestly, I don't think they always do everything the right/best way.
I can't get the pics to copy and paste to the site, but I'm sure you know what I mean.
3)Can you walk me through it step by step? I know that's asking a lot, but I really don't know what I'm doing. Like first add chemicals, then add drain water, then drain and unhook hoses and equipment.
3)Is there anything I need to do to the pump to get it winterized, other than draining it?
4) What do I do to the filter? I saw in Pool School about removing the multi port. Really? The PS doesn't do that. Doesn't that leave a big opening in the filter? How do I cover it? I don't even have any idea how to get the multiport off.
5) The PS has only ever put the winter cover on and that's it. No pillow, no leaf net, no weights etc. In Ohio we obviously get a lot of rain and snow and ice in the winter. So far it hasn't been an issue, but I probably should be doing something more right?
6)Anything need done to the heater?
Sometimes I think the PS "half-*****es" things in hope that something major breaks and we'll have to make a big purchase.
Ok, here's our pics.