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    Couple of questions since winter is coming

    OK Dumb questions because I am tired and would like some clarification.

    1. Since I am about to drain and put pool away in a few weeks I would like a faster way than the drain plug. This took close to 48 hrs all together last time I did this. I want something faster. Do most of you use a sump pump? Do you rent or buy one? If buy would the cheapest one work ok and how much faster would it be to drain?

    2. OK this is the really dumb question. I am still about 2 inches off level. I just want to make sure I am digging the correct side. I need to dig the side that the water is low on correct? Meaning if my water is high on the right side I need to dig on the left side to level it out. I tried using the board and level in a circle last time and that helped but somehow this did not get me exact.
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    Think about it........why would you dig the low side even lower?
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    And yet ... Winter is coming.

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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    lol nutjob. I was thinking the same thing. Above ground pools in Winterfell?
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    Hrddrv,

    In answer to your second question, YES you need to dig on the left side. Your water is actually level all the way around. Your WALL is lower on the right side, so you need to dig down on the left side!
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    Quote Originally Posted by hrddrv
    1. Since I am about to drain and put pool away in a few weeks I would like a faster way than the drain plug. This took close to 48 hrs all together last time I did this. I want something faster. Do most of you use a sump pump? Do you rent or buy one? If buy would the cheapest one work ok and how much faster would it be to drain?
    Start a siphon with your vacuum hose. The other way is to start draining two days before you plan to take it down.
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    Thanks everyone. And I was hoping someone would get winter is coming. I had just seen a commercial for Game of Thrones. I was told that I might be able to rent a pump from Lowe's/Home Depot so I might do that. I really do not want to wait 2 days with all the leaves and pine straw that would fall in those days like last year. As far as leveling again. I think that is going to be my winter project. If I can get everything with in a half inch I will be very happy. I just want this to last 2 more years till we start looking at a new house with a pool.
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    Get yourself a good level and a 2x4 cut the size of your pool.. as you level out the area, you can double check it as you go. Inexpensive and no guesswork.

    As far as draining the pool... I would get a couple of hoses going and syphon it out as someone else suggested. Why spend the $ on something that you can do for free w/a little patience. ?
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    Deflate the ring and lay down on the side, lots of water will come out. Use the drain and/or siphons to finish the job.
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    Better hurry.. Winter is coming. lol
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    Quote Originally Posted by msgtdan
    Deflate the ring and lay down on the side, lots of water will come out. Use the drain and/or siphons to finish the job.
    Will not do this. I do not want another mess like I had when I had a over flow during the 11 inches of rain we had. Not too mention my son was hanging on the side once and it did similar and washed away a lot of my rubber mulch.
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    Quote Originally Posted by Glock
    Better hurry.. Winter is coming. lol
    I still have at least 3 weeks of swim time left. LOL. Actually went out tonight and with the wind it was a little chilly. Pool temp said 74. So it might be coming down sooner than I want.
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    74? Holy cow, mine is at 84 and I freeze my baggettes off at that!
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

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    74? Holy cow, mine is at 84 and I freeze my baggettes off at that!
    It was in the evening and has been cloudy/rainy the past few days/weeks. There are a lot of springs around here that stay around that temp so you get used to it. I am sure that this weekend during the day it will be around 78 or so.
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    You can come jump in mine, I think it made it up to 68 yesterday. We've had some really cool nites the past few weeks to bring it down to about 64, it's getting closed up this week.
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    Re: Couple of questions since winter is coming

    Will not do this. I do not want another mess like I had when I had a over flow during the 11 inches of rain we had. Not too mention my son was hanging on the side once and it did similar and washed away a lot of my rubber mulch.
    Didn't say it wouldn't be messy , but it is quick .
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