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Thread: water level at closing with an automatic cover

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    water level at closing with an automatic cover

    We have closed our pool the last two years on our own. The first year went well and we opened without a problem. Last year we did everything the same but had a very cold winter. When we opened I noticed that the skimmer had developed a crack. I have not been lowering the water level because of the auto cover. Now I am questioning if the water level should be down below the skimmer. Any feedback on that subject??

    Also, any ideas about how to fix the skimmer short of replacing it??

    Thanks.
    Strom

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    Re: water level at closing with an automatic cover

    Where is the crack in the skimmer? Is it the face plate or inside? Did you use a gizmo to plug the skimmer?
    14,000 gallon IG, Vinyl. Hayward 3/4 hp superpump, Penatair IC40 SWCG, Pentair automation, Hayward sand filter, Aqua Comfort heat pump, Hayward 400k Lo-Nox LP heater.

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    Re: water level at closing with an automatic cover

    We did use a gizmo same as always. The crack is on the outside of the skimmer...on the round part farthest point away from the faceplate opening.
    Strom

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    Dolphin DX4 w/remote, CircuPool RJ-30 SWG, Taylor K-2006, SpeedStir, Borates, Zeosand

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    Re: water level at closing with an automatic cover

    I am just south of you, down on the Ohio River. I have an automatic cover and always lower my water level to down below the inlet of my Aqua Genie. I do the complete closinig, as we get some pretty darn cold weather, along with snow and ice. Of course, lowering the water level means the auto cover can no longer "float" on the water surface when closing, it drags a bit, leaving about a 5"-6" gap at the end while in the closed position. I tried covering it with water bags, but they just fell into the pool and ended up ripping when I pulled them out. I also tried plugging the gap with pool noodles, but couldnt keep them in the gap the whole winter. As a result, I had tons of old leaves and debris in the shallow end of the pool in the spring. This year when I closed, I coverd the gap with a tarp that would reach across the width of the pool. I folded the tarp in half (back onto itself), and rolled water filled (3/4 full) bleach bottles down into the fold to keep it from blowing up during the winter. I anchored the top of the tarp (both ends) onto the concrete deck with more partially filled bleach bottles. I think this will solve my issue with leaves and debris in the spring. Hope I have explained myself well enough and hope it helps you out this winter if you decide to "winterize" your pool. If you come up with a better option for getting the auto cover to close completely, I would be anxious to hear what it is. I even spoke to my PB about it, as they have an auto cover as well, but they have the same issues.
    18,000 gal, 18x32 IGP, vinyl liner, 3 to 5.5ft depth. One inlet/skimmer (Aqua Genie), one main drain. Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter w/filtration rate of 20 GPM/FT, Two-Speed Pentair Whisperflo 1 HP pump, Natural Gas Hayward H200 pool heater, Aquabot T2 (200 Series) Robotic Pool Cleaner (my best friend), Automatic Electric Pool Cover (2nd best friend).

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