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Thread: North Texas/DFW TFP'ers - To close or not to close???

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    North Texas/DFW TFP'ers - To close or not to close???

    Hi all,

    This is my first winter with a pool (also first winter in the DFW area).

    Can any locals chime in on your pool closing / winter maintenance procedures?

    I'm thinking it's mild enough around here to not close & just run the pump when temps drop close to freezing?

    We're still swimming, since day temps have been around 90 and the pool hasn't dropped below 82 or so.

    Hoping to go as long as I can

    Those of you in the area without pool heaters, what's the latest you've been in the pool and what was the water temp?
    13K gal - IG gunite/plaster - 1 1/2 HP pump - 300lb. sand filter - SWCG
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    Hi TFPJules111,

    I noticed that you are from Denton. I am in Corinth, I have had a pool for the last 10 years( currently building a new one) in this area and I can tell you that I never closed our pool. I always just let it run and let it kick on when the temps dropped close to freezing. The main reason I did this is I had an attached SPA, so we used it through the winter. This year I will probably just leave it on, but change the run times to be at night when the temps are low, that way its not always running.

    Hope that helps!

    Jim
    Jim

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    UNDER CONSTRUCTION: 32'x 27' Freeform in tiered yard. 16'X4'X4' Moss Rock waterfall, Tanning Ledge w/3 bubblers, Gas Fire pit w/scupper, Aqua Blue Pebble Sheen, 18" raised spa. w/6 Waterway therapy jets on upper tier w/40" Moss Rock spillover, Pentair IntelliTouch, Pentair IntelliFlo 4 x 160 (Pool/Spa), Pentair 2HP Whisperflo(water features), MasterTemp 400BTU, Pentair 520 Cartridge Filter, Pentair Legend Platinum Cleaner w/booster

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    Not too far from you guys down here in Carrollton. We too have an attached spa that we plan on using all winter. Pool will be open year round. Have a freeze sensor that will kick on pump if needed and I will run pump as needed. Will take skimmer socks off the baskets when leaves start falling heavily.

    Jim, your "under construction" pool sounds awesome!
    7000 gallon IG freeform w/ 6 ft. spa, 21 ft weeping wall, Hayward SP4020NS Northstar pump, Colorlogic LED’s, DE6020 filter and H400IDL2 400,000btu heater. Aqua logic 8 zone controller with Aqua Rite salt chlorine generator, Stonescapes pebble finish – Aqua Blue and flagstone coping, stamped/stained concrete deck

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    Quote Originally Posted by txborn
    Jim, your "under construction" pool sounds awesome!
    Thanks txborn... if your interested you can check out the contstruction thread here
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/viewtopic.php?t=2172
    Jim

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    UNDER CONSTRUCTION: 32'x 27' Freeform in tiered yard. 16'X4'X4' Moss Rock waterfall, Tanning Ledge w/3 bubblers, Gas Fire pit w/scupper, Aqua Blue Pebble Sheen, 18" raised spa. w/6 Waterway therapy jets on upper tier w/40" Moss Rock spillover, Pentair IntelliTouch, Pentair IntelliFlo 4 x 160 (Pool/Spa), Pentair 2HP Whisperflo(water features), MasterTemp 400BTU, Pentair 520 Cartridge Filter, Pentair Legend Platinum Cleaner w/booster

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    Thank you both for your input - I don't have a spa, but I think I'll keep it open and see how it goes.

    Jim - Your pool build looks AMAZING. I've followed the progress on your gallery site. Good luck with getting it finished!
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    Thanks TFPJules111! We are pretty excited about it. Hopefully it will keep moving along and get done soon.
    Jim

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    UNDER CONSTRUCTION: 32'x 27' Freeform in tiered yard. 16'X4'X4' Moss Rock waterfall, Tanning Ledge w/3 bubblers, Gas Fire pit w/scupper, Aqua Blue Pebble Sheen, 18" raised spa. w/6 Waterway therapy jets on upper tier w/40" Moss Rock spillover, Pentair IntelliTouch, Pentair IntelliFlo 4 x 160 (Pool/Spa), Pentair 2HP Whisperflo(water features), MasterTemp 400BTU, Pentair 520 Cartridge Filter, Pentair Legend Platinum Cleaner w/booster

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    Last year was our first winter with a pool. Didn't close it. Freeze guard kicked on a few times during our cold snap. Pump/filter can run less as well. From 8 hours a day down to 4.
    WetEdge Satin Matrix, 16K gallon, Pentair NSP-60 DE filter, Pac Fab Challenger, 2HP pump, BBB, Polaris 360

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    Thanks for the tip, sammm. Less pump runtime is always good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sammm
    Last year was our first winter with a pool. Didn't close it. Freeze guard kicked on a few times during our cold snap. Pump/filter can run less as well. From 8 hours a day down to 4.
    That's exactly what we did...our pool is a large fixture in the back yard, with no kids and locked fences we didn't worry about covering it or closing it (+ it still looks nice for fall parties!)

    I cut it down to about 4 hours a day myself and will probably get a freeze guard this year after our nasty winter last year.
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