Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: BBB question about closing

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Mickleton, NJ
    Posts
    229

    BBB question about closing

    Last year the pool was less than 2 months old at closing. I had the pool store close it up and I wasn't home when they came. We closed late Sept. and dh and I opened the poolourselves in late April. Water was crystal clear. I didn't have my test kit yet so I'm not sure what the levels were. However, since I was listening to the pool store then I dump a bag of "shock" in, and then a few pucks. In May I got my TF-100 and when I tested FC it was at 27! CYA was at 70! I went BBB at that point and haven't looked back. Didn't need anything but bleach all season and I've been crystal clear.

    I still want the pool store to close the pool this year. We had a very rough winter here last year and the cover and pillow were put on very well and I would feel better if they came to do that. However, I don't know if I want them dumping any chemicals in the pool. Currently my CYA is at 55, it finally came down with all of the spash out and rain (took forever). I'm wondering if I should have them just break down equip and cover pool but not add any "winterizing chemicals." However, I'd love to open as clean next year. So finally after all of that background, my questions...

    What do you add for winterizing? Increase FC? etc.

    Does you pool open clear in the spring?
    Currently Pooless

    Former Pool:Buster Crabbe resin and steel 30'x15' oval 52" ABG pool Pentair sand dollar filter 1.5 Pentair Dynamo pump13,500 gallons

  2. Back To Top    #2
    JasonLion's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    37,879

    Re: BBB question about closing

    Most places will do a closing without adding any chemicals if you ask. When I close I bring the pool up to shock level the day before the closing and add some polyquat (algaecide). Then I have a service company do the actual closing and make sure they don't add anything.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    Creator of PoolMath and Pool Calculator. Other handy links: Support this site, TF Test Kits, Pool School

  3. Back To Top    #3
    linen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    8,649

    Re: BBB question about closing

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    Most places will do a closing without adding any chemicals if you ask. When I close I bring the pool up to shock level the day before the closing and add some polyquat (algaecide). Then I have a service company do the actual closing and make sure they don't add anything.
    Jason...just curious, why have a company do it, is it that much more involved with a IGP? Is there some sort of guarantee that comes with the service? When I read the pool school closing IGP article, it all seems pretty straightforward.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    176

    Re: BBB question about closing

    I would also be interested to know this, since I've been thinking about getting a bigger shopvac so I can blow out the lines myself. If there's a reason which prevents you from doing it yourself, maybe I shouldn't be trying it either!
    20k gallon IGP
    Plaster over gunite
    3/4 hp Hayward pump
    Purex Triton DE filter
    TF100 test kit w/ speedstir

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    653

    Re: BBB question about closing

    I've been doing it myself for over 40 years. The tricky part is blowing the lines. A good compressor/blower is key, and so is the right hardware for connecting it. There are lots of right answers. I have a big 5HP/50 gal compressor in my basement that I connect at 15psi through ordinary garden hoses to a hose spigot on the pump output thoughtfully put there by Anthony & Sylvan. A pancake compressor won't do it, and neither will a small Shop-Vac. You need some real beef to sleep well on real cold nights.
    Current: 28,000G 18'x36' I/G AnthonySylvan Plaster; Waterway 60 sq.ft. DE Filter; 1.0hp x 1.65 SF Two-Speed (B2982) WhisperFlo; 2004-Present
    Previous: 40,000G 20'x40' I/G Koven unlined WWII salvage 5/8" marine steel; Lomart Stainless Sand Filter; 3/4hp Hayward SuperPump; 1946-2003 (managed by me from about 1964)
    Ancient Taylor K-2000, upgraded with Taylor CH, TA, and FAS-DPD, and TFT CYA tests.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •