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    Winter Cover quesiton

    I have a 24' AG pool with a deck around half of it, my question is, what is the best way to cover it for winter, like what is the best cover and how to anchor it on the deck side. The winch cable will not fit on the deck side, since there is no room from top of pool cap to deck. I can not figure out how I will even be able to cover it this year. Help appreciated.
    AG 24' ( Columbia PL30-6 sand filter), 2hp 2 sp pump, cholorine, Tennessee
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    Re: Winter Cover quesiton

    Do you need to cover it? If you don't have a lot of leaves, you close late and open early and you don't have to look at the water, you might get by with no cover at all.
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    Re: Winter Cover quesiton

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    Do you need to cover it? If you don't have a lot of leaves, you close late and open early and you don't have to look at the water, you might get by with no cover at all.

    I have been considering that, I just did not know how much trouble that will be, like keeping the pump running and if we get freezing weather etc.
    AG 24' ( Columbia PL30-6 sand filter), 2hp 2 sp pump, cholorine, Tennessee
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    Re: Winter Cover quesiton

    I don't cover mine, I don't have trees close but have to scoop out a few once a month that blow in from across the road. I close, just don't cover. I close when the water temp is in the 50's and open again after the last good freeze and the water temp has started coming up. I had very light algae this spring that a 2 day slam took care of.
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    Re: Winter Cover quesiton

    Quote Originally Posted by msgtdan
    I don't cover mine, I don't have trees close but have to scoop out a few once a month that blow in from across the road. I close, just don't cover. I close when the water temp is in the 50's and open again after the last good freeze and the water temp has started coming up. I had very light algae this spring that a 2 day slam took care of.

    Do you still run the pump frequently and check the chemicals all winter?
    AG 24' ( Columbia PL30-6 sand filter), 2hp 2 sp pump, cholorine, Tennessee
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    Re: Winter Cover quesiton

    In a freezing climate, you still winterize the plumbing.
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    Re: Winter Cover quesiton

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    Do you need to cover it? If you don't have a lot of leaves, you close late and open early and you don't have to look at the water, you might get by with no cover at all.

    So if I do not cover it I still need to take the pump inside and lower the water level below returns and blow out the plumbing? And balance the water? Correct?
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    Re: Winter Cover quesiton

    Quote Originally Posted by fannd
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    Do you need to cover it? If you don't have a lot of leaves, you close late and open early and you don't have to look at the water, you might get by with no cover at all.

    So if I do not cover it I still need to take the pump inside and lower the water level below returns and blow out the plumbing? And balance the water? Correct?
    Whatever you normally do to winterize, other than the cover.
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    Re: Winter Cover quesiton

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    Quote Originally Posted by fannd
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    Do you need to cover it? If you don't have a lot of leaves, you close late and open early and you don't have to look at the water, you might get by with no cover at all.

    So if I do not cover it I still need to take the pump inside and lower the water level below returns and blow out the plumbing? And balance the water? Correct?
    Whatever you normally do to winterize, other than the cover.
    This may be a dumb question but if it is uncovered and no water circulating will it not eventually turn green?
    AG 24' ( Columbia PL30-6 sand filter), 2hp 2 sp pump, cholorine, Tennessee
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    Re: Winter Cover quesiton

    I disconnect the hoses, remove plugs in filter and pump, set filter to winterize, drain pool below return. Not in that order and only after the water has cooled below 60 deg. Algae doesn't grow well in the cold, so as long as you open before it warms back up you have very little to no algae growth. I had a little started last spring along the bottom where ground temp was a little warmer, an easy 2 day SLAM and no further problems all summer.
    Dan D
    Used 2003 Aqua Leader 27'x52", 17,800 w/10" hopper, SwimPro SW256T 250# sand filter, Hayward PowerFlo LX pump 1hp impellor, Emerson 1 1/2 hp motor, setup Aug 2012 Summer 2011 used Summer Escapes Ring pool 14' x 42", Intex 1600gph sand filter, HTH 6 way test kitTF-100 w/stirrer, Well water @ FC=0, PH=7.2, TA=290, CH=320

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    Re: Winter Cover quesiton

    Quote Originally Posted by msgtdan
    I disconnect the hoses, remove plugs in filter and pump, set filter to winterize, drain pool below return. Not in that order and only after the water has cooled below 60 deg. Algae doesn't grow well in the cold, so as long as you open before it warms back up you have very little to no algae growth. I had a little started last spring along the bottom where ground temp was a little warmer, an easy 2 day SLAM and no further problems all summer.

    Thank you for clearing that up for me. We may just try it this winter without covering.
    AG 24' ( Columbia PL30-6 sand filter), 2hp 2 sp pump, cholorine, Tennessee
    Taylor k- 2006 test kit

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    Re: Winter Cover quesiton

    I have the same question and yes, I need to cover our pool. Hard winters here in Hood River Oregon. Out AG pool is 12x20 and I have only found a 12x24 cover. Will that work? Also pool is up against deck on one side. I have never seen a cover up close and personal so I'm not sure how they are secured to the pool in the first place. I need to get one ordered today if possible. Thanks for your advise!

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