From my reading (and the Pool School here), above ground pools should have the water drained to ~6" below the skimmer (or return). If I do either of these, it seems like I won't be leaving enough water in the pool. LOL Am I just worried about nothing? I have the typical above ground pool setup, where the skimmer and return are close to the surface of the water. I haven't measured it, but it's no different than the 400 million other above ground pools.
The reason that I'm trying to verify this is because I've not drained this far before. When I plumbed my filter, I used union fittings so that I could just disconnect the line from the skimmer and return - any water that may have overflowed from the weight of the cover over the winter would have just went out onto the ground. However, I don't want to crawl under my deck anymore to undo the fittings. And, I had a hard time getting everything back together leak-free last year. So, I'm just going to drain farther this year and waste more water.
So, am I worried about nothing draining down that far?