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    First time closing, two quick questions.

    I'm closing my pool for the first time. I have the cover on, pump and filter disconnected from each other. Water drained to below skimmer and return. My questions are:

    1. Do I need to plug the return and skimmer or anything?

    2. I know I need to store the pump inside, but do I need to store the multiport valve? Also, if they do, can I buy the plastic wrench that came with it? I broke mine in half just now trying to unscrew the valve. Its an ecco (waterways) sand filter.

    Thanks for the help.

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    24' Round AGP, 13,500 Gallons. 19" Ecco Sand Filter, 1.5 HP ecco pump.

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    Re: First time closing, two quick questions.

    I leave pump, motor and valve outside every winter and have had no issues.
    24,000 gallon ig fiberglass pool
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    madisonville, ky

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    Re: First time closing, two quick questions.

    i've never stored my filter, pump, or hoses indoors for the winter. No problems thru 3 winters. I do wrap a tarp around all of it though to shield it from the elements though.
    14,000 gal 24' AG, EcoKleer 1.5hp pump, 26" EcoKleer sand filter, Perma Salt (FML)

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    Re: First time closing, two quick questions.

    Is your pool hard piped? If so it may be a good idea to blow out the pipes, but since it's drained below the skimmer and return I wouldn't worry about plugging them.

    If it is plumbed with hose just unhook the hoses at the pool.

    Storing the pump inside is probably not needed where you are, but it's a good idea if you have the room for it, and it definitely won't hurt anything.

    I don't know if the multiport has a "winter" setting. If it does just put it in that position and if it doesn't I'd rotate it through all the positions and then leave it filter or leave it between two positions.
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    Re: First time closing, two quick questions.

    Thanks for the replies! The multiport does have a winterize spot, which is what it is set at. And it is not hard plumbed, so I just brought the two hoses and pump in.
    24' Round AGP, 13,500 Gallons. 19" Ecco Sand Filter, 1.5 HP ecco pump.

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    Re: First time closing, two quick questions.

    I did not see it mentioned, did you drain the water out of the filter?
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    Re: First time closing, two quick questions.

    Sorry, yes I did drain the filter and left the plug off (put it in the pump basket)
    24' Round AGP, 13,500 Gallons. 19" Ecco Sand Filter, 1.5 HP ecco pump.

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