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Thread: Closing an above-ground pool; Draining the water

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    Closing an above-ground pool; Draining the water

    I had a pretty good neighbor that let me borrow his shop vac year after year to start the suction to drain my above ground pool at closing time. Well, he moved, and I'm looking to see if there is a cheap alternative to buying a Wet-Dry Shop Vac. Is there a cheap little pump out there that will be strong enough to start the siphoning process?
    10,000 Gallon AG, Hayward Power-Flo LX Pump, SandMaster High-Rate Sand Filter

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    Western Pennsylvania

    Re: Closing an above-ground pool; Draining the water

    I use my vacuum hose, I hook it up and vacuum to waste works very well.
    For me it means I can vacuum the pool and lower the water level at the same time
    15ft round above ground pool (6600 gallons)
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    Jandy gas heater
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    Re: Closing an above-ground pool; Draining the water

    Pretty easy actually on a AGP. Attach your vaccum head to one end of vaccum hose, put the other end over your return to fill it with water and then once all the air is out cover the same end with your hand and drag it over the pool wall. Water should start siphoning out, but do keep an eye on it as you call also empty the whole pool

    While it's draining is a good time to unhook all your filter equipment
    24'x52" AGP (13,500 Gallons), Intex SWG, (2)Solar Bear 4x20 panels, Hayward S220T Filter, 1/2hp Pentair Superflo

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