Sadly, I think it's that time. The ring no longer holds air for more than a few minutes, the floor is bleached, the ring is brittle and faded, after the last rain it overflowed so the water is low and has a green tint. I gave it a last ditch effort, but the weather is turning cold and given the condition of it, it's time to pull the plug.
I don't know what we'll have next year, but we'll have something put up back there- hopefully bigger & deeper. I was thinking about using this pool as a ground cover of sorts to keep the grass away form the pool's edge. I hate trying to get the weedeater close to the pool. Maybe even pick up another decommissioned inflatable so there's be enough material to go under a larger pool. Taking these pools up leaves decaying grass where the pool was. Since I don't own horses I really don't want that aroma in the yard. I'd just as soon leave it where it is for now, but then the dog and everyone else will be walking & slipping on it if I drain it & leave it out. I'll probably leave it semi-filled for a while, then drain the pump & filter when the weather gets colder.
I guess this turned out tot be more of a vent than a question. I just wasn't ready for summer to end I suppose. Eh- there's always the city rec center pools. Nowhere near the same, but they're open year round. I just need to keep up with their schedules.
I got to wondering the other day if empty gallon bleach jugs would fit inside the ring and keep it afloat? Redneck? Yes. Effective? Who knows?