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    Winterizing Question

    Well the Labor Day weekend has passed and time to start thinking about closing the pool in the next few weeks. This was our first summer with the pool and had lots of good times.

    We used Baquacil this year, but next year I will probably use the BBB method that I have read about. It sounds much cheaper. We have a pool cover ordered and know how the winterize the pool & pump. Is there anything I should do as far as the winterizing chemicals go? Anything to prep for the BBB method next year?
    Pool is a 21,157 gallon round AG vinyl lined with a sand filter and 1.5 hp pump.
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    Re: Winterizing Question

    To prepare for a chlorine conversion next spring you want to close normally, except that you should not add any of the sanitizer or oxidizer that you would otherwise add.
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    Re: Winterizing Question

    OK.. Great.
    How much time before swim time should I allow to get the pool going? 2 weeks? or more?
    Pool is a 21,157 gallon round AG vinyl lined with a sand filter and 1.5 hp pump.
    Website: http://www.cavecountryweather.com/index.php
    Webcam: http://cavecountryweather.com/webcamimage.jpg

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    Re: Winterizing Question

    Two weeks is normally plenty, though it does vary somewhat. Some conversions take a week, others can take as long as six weeks (though that is very rare). It partly depends on how much effort you put in for the first couple of days (hourly attention for the first two days speeds things up significantly) and it partly depends on how much baq-goo has accumulated in your plumbing over the years (which is more or less impossible to predict in advance).
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    Re: Winterizing Question

    Thanks again..... See you next spring!
    Pool is a 21,157 gallon round AG vinyl lined with a sand filter and 1.5 hp pump.
    Website: http://www.cavecountryweather.com/index.php
    Webcam: http://cavecountryweather.com/webcamimage.jpg

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