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    Draining and taking down pool

    This is the first year for us having an Intex 42" x 15' above ground pool. I was wondering if I need to do anything special to it or if there are any tips for draining and taking down a pool. What should I do about cleaning it once it is drained? The water in the pool is still nice and clear.

    Thanks,
    jenb
    jenb
    Topeka, KS
    4000 gal. AG
    Cartridge
    Pump F1000C & Flow 1075
    5/28/12

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    Re: Draining and taking down pool

    is there any particular reason you are wanting to take down your pool?, i have a 18x52 intex ultra frame i am planning to leave up all winter i am just going to use the tips in pool school for closing a above ground pool, there are many threads on here from people who have great success leaving up the seasonal pools through the winter, like in Wisconsin their winters are alot worse than here in Ohio and where you reside in Kansas......just a thought.......Mike

    but if you are dead set on taking it down you need to drain all the water and remove the pump and hoses and dry them and drain the pump and dry inside of it,and use vasoline on any rubber seals to keep them soft and place then in a plastic tote in the garage. Then when all the water is out of the pool you must thoroughly wipe it dry inside and out before storage so it don't mold over the winter and i would store the liner in a plastic tote or trash can inside the garage to keep mice from eating it and once again make sure it is thoroughly dry, A vinyl liner can shrink when drained if left for hours in the hot sun so work quickly when drying the liner or wait for a overcast day to perform this task.....good luck.......Mike
    18x52 intex ultra frame pool 6981 gallons, 1 HP LL pump with 19 in sand filter,BBB method,borax 50ppm
    leslies DPD test kit + fas-dpd chlorine test kit + borates test strips
    thru wall skimmer,hard plumbed with 2 returns 1 1/2 sch 40 pvc
    1 large fountain 1 inch sch 40 pvc,shut off ball valves on all

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    Re: Draining and taking down pool

    If yours is the inflatable top ring pool disregard my first paragraph......Mike
    18x52 intex ultra frame pool 6981 gallons, 1 HP LL pump with 19 in sand filter,BBB method,borax 50ppm
    leslies DPD test kit + fas-dpd chlorine test kit + borates test strips
    thru wall skimmer,hard plumbed with 2 returns 1 1/2 sch 40 pvc
    1 large fountain 1 inch sch 40 pvc,shut off ball valves on all

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    Re: Draining and taking down pool

    I'm here looking for similar info. I've already drained my pool tho - so from what I'm reading I either have to take it down now or partially refill it. Correct? Or are there other options?
    Terre Haute, IN
    18 X 48 Intex Ultra-Frame AG
    Intex Saltwater Generator/sand filtration system

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    Re: Draining and taking down pool

    correct. if left too long in the direct sun it can shrink the liner so if it is already drained get it dry and store it away......Mike
    18x52 intex ultra frame pool 6981 gallons, 1 HP LL pump with 19 in sand filter,BBB method,borax 50ppm
    leslies DPD test kit + fas-dpd chlorine test kit + borates test strips
    thru wall skimmer,hard plumbed with 2 returns 1 1/2 sch 40 pvc
    1 large fountain 1 inch sch 40 pvc,shut off ball valves on all

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    Re: Draining and taking down pool

    I have 15'x48' Intex metal frame pool. We have to take it down because it's not very level and we are going to do better next year. I've been reading about storage options. For those that have used the trash can method, what size wheeled trash can will work for this size pool? Many of them seem to tape down and I'm wondering if they will work. We also found some plastic drums that are sealable for cheap and thought that might work. It sounds better than paying $150 for some Rubbermaid storage bin. I see a few larger trash cans at Lowe's that might work. Just wasn't sure how tight you could roll it back up. Do you put baking powder in it? I know when we rolled up our easy set the instructions encouraged sprinkling some powder? Thanks. It's time to come down.

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