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    Worst thing ever in your pool?

    What is the worst thing you have ever had get into your pool, for me it was one of these:

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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    We know you have to have pics of it sitting on the bottom......

    Worst thing in my first 3 months of pool ownership have been dead frogs, sorry not exciting.
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    Wow,

    Our biggest intruder was a mouse in the skimmer.
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    Been a pool owner for a total of 7 days now. The worst thing I've found so far are bumble bees. And I found out that they can tread water so I'm careful about pulling the skimmer basket out without looking first.
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    Worst thing was a toddler oozing from his swim diaper . . luckily his daddy saw it right away and pulled him out . I checked the chlorine and it was already at zero . . added some bleach - the chlorine held - and we were back in business

    However, it's always very sad for me to see dead critters in the pool . . the worst one to find was a baby bunny. Now I use a "Frog Log" to hopefully help critters on their way out.

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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    No photo of the event, the priority at the time was getting it out of the pool, although the scuff mark where it went in is still on the coping. The Mule had just returned from the shop with a new carburetor and someone left a return spring off which meant when the accelerator pedal when pressed it did not come back up. The result was the Mule speeding through its parking space with the brake pressed to the floor, going through the pair of french doors, just clearing the door opening by about 1/2 inch, sheering the doors off their hinges, but some how not breaking any of the glass panes, then the left wheels went into the water in the shallow end and the Mule flipping onto its left side and coming to a stop about where the steps are in my avatar photo. The front bumper tore a 3-4 foot long gash through the liner and of course all the water left the pool (that Mule was the same model as shown in the photo, but did not have the brush guard on the front, instead had a straight bar style front bumper).

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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    We had a dead baby bird floating in ours a few weeks ago and also found one backswimmer..........yuck those things are ugly.........[attachment=0:31qw72hh]2012-06-19 11.32.39-1.jpg[/attachment:31qw72hh]
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    I found a scorpion on the bottom of the pool saturday morning
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    Worst for me was a dead baby snapping turtle in the skimmer. Yard backs up to a creek, so frogs are common. In fact, the skimmer closest to the house actually is ahead of the other skimmer in body count. Not sure why.
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    Worst thing ever in your pool?

    Hehe we almost had a lawn mower in ours. Scuff marks on the coping here too! I didn't hear about that story for about a week after it happened. I think Hubby would have kept it to himself forever if I hadn't asked about the marks.
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    Tie between:
    Sick but living skunk (pool wintered empty.)
    50lbs. of nasty snapping turtle--twice, once with water, once without.
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    A couple of years ago, I was opening the pool and pulled the top of the skimmer and curled up in the top was a snake! I was so freaked out! It got scared also and went into the water. I got my neighbor to come get it out!

    After that, I got smart and started using a tool (bent up hanger) instead of my fingers to pull up the skimmer plate.

    This year, while opening the pool, I again pulled off the skimmer top and laid it down only to find a HUGE black widow on the underside of the skimmer plate, right next to the hole. It scared me so badly that I stayed away from the pool for a week!
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    Nothing as bad as most of the above. But this year, I'm removing dead baby birds from the solar cover almost every day. My son thinks it may be due to a red-tailed hawk that has taken up residence in the neighborhood.
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    Well. I was going to empty my shallow end skimmer one day. The wife, kid and neighbors are in the pool. I open the lid while telling my wife about whatever and something EXPLODES out of the skimmer, nails me in the chest and knocks me flat on my back. I thought that I was having a coronary.

    Wife starts screaming and vacates the pool. Son is laughing head off. Neighbor tomboy shouts "OH COOL!" I am lying and waiting to die.

    After about what seems like 20 minutes but is really 2, I get up and decide that I am in fact NOT having a heart attack, and see a 5lb BULLFROG at the bottom of the deep end. The neighbor girl is already at work with the leaf rake and retrieves the culprit to take home to show mother. She was as unimpressed as I.
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    Baby plums. They're too large to go into the Broom Vac.
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    My dad has now killed 6 horseflies with pool noodles. Skimmer likes to pick up spiders and other bugs. Ants tend to go right through the skimmer basket and pump basket to get chopped up by the impeller and end up in my cartridge. That's a lot of fun, seeing tons of chopped up ants in the pleats.
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    First year I owned the pool, the day before I closed it for the winter, had a deer in there . Tore the liner, solar cover, etc. Had to drain and replace the liner.
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by WestSidePool
    First year I owned the pool, the day before I closed it for the winter, had a deer in there . Tore the liner, solar cover, etc. Had to drain and replace the liner.
    One, did you shoot it?

    Two, did your insurance cover it?
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    I had 2 chipmunks and a mole in my skimmer all at the same time. Had to have the hubby take care of that!
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    Re: Worst thing ever in your pool?

    Mole, Mouse, Frogs, Beatles, Wasps, etc.

    Nothing really unusual...
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