I'm going to close the pool myself this year (first year with the pool). I helped open it so I know there are plugs and drains and where they are. I've read for an hour but still have questions.
I have a large shop vac, an air compressor, and a stihl gas powered leaf blower at my disposal.
My pool set up: 1 main drain, 1 skimmer, 4 returns
1 valve chooses skimmer or main drain
1 return selector valve chooses between the 2 end returns and the 2 spa returns at the steps
I have a boost pump and line going to a polaris 280 wall fitting- the boost pump is tied in just upstream of the return selector valve (can't isloate it).
So.... I'm thinking I'm going to drain pool to 4" below the returns.
I'm lost on how to blow out the lines. To get the main drain- I can turn off the returns, block off the polaris port, and then put the valve halfway between skimmer and main drain- and blow air into the skimmer. That should get air down there. Then turn off main drain.
Then blow air in skimmer, and select step returns, then plug 'em. Then select wall returns and plug them. Then the polaris port should blow out.
Am I missing anything?
Where does the antifreeze go? Pour into skimmer?
I'm thinking the leaf blower will supply waaaaay more air than the shop vac- anyone try that yet?