I have looked at pool school, and have a few questions, as this is my first winter . I am in SE Wisconsin, so my 33ft AGP will freeze solid. I just bought a cover and leaf net (which will be removed before the freeze). I plan to let the FC level drop to near 0 before I drain - I wanted to minimize the chlorine impact on my grass. I am going to drain to 2" below the lowest point (skimmer or return). Then I will shock it for 24 hours, put a threaded plug in the return hole, and put the cover on. I bought 3 of the 4x4 air pillows for under the cover. I have read to make sure the cover goes above the skimmer, to minimize pulling that will occur from the weight of the snow. The cover will be held on with the strap and winch, and some pool cover clips that I bought. I have been warned to stay away from the "milk jug" weighting procedure. All hoses and the pump will go in the garage until fall. The sand filter will remain in next to the pool, covered with a tarp, after I allow the water to drain by removing the hoses. Once all the leaves are down, I will remove the leaf net, and wait until spring to fire it back up. For you seasoned vets, am I missing anything? Is there anything I need to do to the skimmer besides remove the hose and make sure the water is out of it, since the water will be at least 2 inches below the bottom of skimmer faceplate?
Thanks for all the postings that allowed me to run this pool on bleach alone, have a crystal clear pool, and not be held hostage by the pool store people.