I think I have a good understanding of what to do but wanted to ask about a couple of things. The $250 to open it is just more than I can stand to spend on something I feel is fairly simple. I am a pretty handy guy, I replaced my pool pump motor myself mid season last year, so I should be able to handle this
I have a safety mesh cover, and I know pretty much how to remove it, as I have removed half of it before. Folding may be tricky the first go at it, will see. I know there are plugs in all the returns and I know how to remove and replace with eyeballs, done that before as well. Looks very simple to reinstall the salt cell as its just screw unions on each of of it, and it plugs into to my hayward panel. I know where/how to remove the skimmer gizmos.
My drain basket contains the following:
pump drain plugs (i see where those go)
Another small black threaded plug of some sort, not sure what its for. Does the booster pump have a drain?
plug for sand filter
pressure gauge for sand filter
4 small white threaded plugs. I know these go in the pvc lines coming from out of the ground to the equipment
Now, my equipment sits below pool level. I remember asking the guy about this the first time he winterized it, and him telling me (for some reason) he was going to drill drain holes in my pvc lines to be on the safe side. I know where the plugs go, I just cant recall why he did that, and if there is anything special involved to un-winterize the pool.
I wasnt there any of the times they winterized it so I dont know if they used antifreeze (doubt it), and I dont know what they did to get water out of the lines. Suck the lines out maybe?
So my general plan of attack was going to be...
install all plugs (sealant/teflon used here?) The PVC line plugs in picture appear to have silicone on them.
install filter gauge
install salt cell and plug in (should it be cleaned or anything first)
set valves where they should be
remove return plugs and install eyeballs (water level is currently above returns)
My pump pretty well self primes being below water level. Water level is close to normal level, they dont drain it down when winterizing and my under cover pump sits on the first step and keeps the water level there all winter.
so... check everything and fire her up. Do I need to wait any amount of time for water to hit the sand filter, or does it not fill up until the pump runs anyway?
What have I missed?
The PVC line plugs I am referring to
equipment below water level