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    Closing my pool

    Though I didn't post much the wealth of information here has been so helpful this Summer and I will be forever grateful. I am closing my pool after a few 90* days here in Boston. I actually went into my pool today and it was still crystal clear. I loved the idea about keeping the stablizer in a sock attatched to the pool I have to say I think that is what really kept my pool chlorine at good levels all year.

    My question for closing is... do I really need Winter pool shock??? Also I am trying to rig a tarp above my pool cover to deter the leaves that got so heavy and fell into my pool this year. I'm not doin that again... Any ideas??? My pool is an above ground 25x15 oval. I have a mesh cover... and I bought a tarp that is huge...

    Ree ps thanks in advance off to bed!
    ~Ree~ 15x24 above ground oval pool.

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    Re: Closing my pool

    The most important thing is to delay closing/winterizing your pool until the water temperature drops below 60F consistently - closer to 50F would be even better. This will lessen the likelihood of algae.

    If "Winter pool shock" is a special shock-labeled product, that is unnecessary. Right before you close the pool, just use plain unscented bleach and raise the FC level to shock (a.k.a., SLAM) level according to your CYA level (see Chlorine CYA Chart to determine the shock FC level). You can optionally add a polyquat 60 algaecide.

    Here is a complete article on Closing (Winterizing) Your Above Ground Pool.

    As for the leaves, I do not have a better suggestion than the cover/tarp you tried previously. Maybe someone else will chime in with a better suggestion on that.
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    Re: Closing my pool

    Take a look at leaf net covers. You can put them over your winter cover and they will keep the leaves from collecting on your winter cover.
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    Re: Closing my pool

    The leaf net cost more than my solid winter cover, but it's well worth it. Be sure to take it off before freezing temps.

    I'm confused on how using a sock to dissolve stabilizer into the water changed your results so drastically. Unless you've been using LC without stabilizer, even so the sock would only be there for a day or two before all the granules dissolve.

    As previously stated, don't close it until the water is 60 or below.
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    Re: Closing my pool

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedo

    I'm confused on how using a sock to dissolve stabilizer into the water changed your results so drastically. Unless you've been using LC without stabilizer, even so the sock would only be there for a day or two before all the granules dissolve.
    Hi the sock actually allowed for the stablizer to disolve at its own pace rather than slurry.
    ~Ree~ 15x24 above ground oval pool.

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