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    Center drain for above ground pool

    Are center drains still recommended for above ground pools? I read a few sites that said center drains are being replaced with automatic cleaners. I'm looking to install a 15x30 oval pool.
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    Re: Center drain for above ground pool

    Welcome to tfp, tricitydeals

    What climate do you live in? If you live in a northern climate that freezes I would not do a center drain. Not worth the risk of freezing or the work to prevent it imo.
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    Re: Center drain for above ground pool

    Thanks for quick response. I'm from upstate ny. I assume I should stick with a automatic cleaner?
    Where can I find post on leveling the ground for for oval pool? I can't seem to find any search features.

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    Re: Center drain for above ground pool

    Use the google search up near the top right of each page.

    As for the bottom drain in your climate...I would skip it.
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