Hi all. I've just ordered a pool skim. I presently use just the little aquatech pool blaster for frequent vacs. We decided to wait a year til we knew what we were dealing with to get a 'bot or suction side cleaner. That's because as you will see in the pics, we literally have a forest surrounding the pool...which might help explain why it was such a swamp when we bought it
I am looking for robot/cleaner advice PLUS any tips or suggestions overall for leaf management and closing this year. I'll give you some background:
We have one skimmer, 3 returns, octagonal shape. We keep the jets pointed up to get debris over to skimmer now.
I am hoping to "manage" to stay open until the water is good and cold, 50ish, in order to avoid a repeat of the 12 days of shock and awe I had this spring. This may turn out to be futile given the volume of leaf traffic I expect. I also hope to do an AA treatment for some iron staining this fall, and was debating a phosphate reduction ONLY because I'm at 25,000 ppb (which is crazy, but leaves leave a lot of phosphate behind, as does Jack's pink) and that level just seems like a wee bit much to overwinter...enough food to feed a season of algae. I've had no trouble with same -- just BBB chlorine daily and never let it drop. That won't however, be an option come winter.
Michigan gets good snow cover usually, but also has erratic unseasonally high temps now and then when it's supposed to be winter
I do not use a SOLAR cover at all (though I probably should) and we can live with the heating bills. The reason I am not using a cover is because my back is tricky and I find them awkward to handle. I don't really have a good footprint on the pool to work with. I also don't really have anywhere to put the cover, and with so much constant debris from flowers, etc. even during the summer, it actually seemed easier to just skim with a leaf net than having to clean a cover AND the pool NOTE: We have a solid winter cover with mesh square in the center that we WILL be using to close, just so there's no confusion!
I've read elsewhere on this board that geekgranny uses 2 pool skims, I believe, and I am wondering if I'm a candidate as well. Please feel free to chime in with any opinions on best cleaners that will WORK in tandem with pool skim and 1) Acorns 2) Maple Keys 3) lotsa leaves, as you can see.
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