Hey all, been reading my face off for a couple days here, great resource for pool owners!!
I purchased a house and moved in in November. So there has been snow on the ground since move in, just melting now. (yay!) I haven't "seen" the pool in action since I first saw the house summer 2007.
Little info, the pool is a 16x40 Lazy L IG vinyl 8' deep, 3.5 (I think?) Shallow end, brominator, sand filter and the usual hayward pump. Solar array on the pool house, solar cover. Currently covered with a solid winter cover. Since we had an extreme amount of snow this year (15 feet total) there was probably more snow on the cover than in the pool. I've already drained off most, I was worried about the weight pulling the cover in.
I'm really itching to open this thing up, and I may do it early this year.
Your resources here have been a great help. I was going to rely on the old owner coming by and showing me how to open the pool, but they generally didn't do it until late May, and I don't think I can wait that long.