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    going on vacation

    Any tips on preparing a pool for a few days of no maintenance? I don't have a timer yet and I don't want it to run the whole time I am gone. It will only be off for three days. Can I just clean it really good before I leave and boost the FC to SLAM levels?
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    Re: going on vacation

    That sounds like about all you can do. Not circulating for 3 days is certainly not ideal and could result in low FC spots in the pool.
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    Re: going on vacation

    I notice from your sig that you have a 2 speed pump. Why not just leave it circulating on low speed. I think if you boosted to shock level AND kept up circulation, it would work for you. But as Jason above said, no circulation is taking a risk.
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    Re: going on vacation

    Honestly, my concern is what if a hose bursts or comes loose and I burn out the pump? Not sure how likely this is. Just don't like the idea of running it that long with someone checking on it.
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    Re: going on vacation

    I was out of town for 5 days with the pump shut off and the pool uncovered. I raised my pool to mustard shock level, let it circulate for an hour and then turned everything off. It was after 7 pm when we got home and unloaded the car, so I didn't test until the next day. I still had .5 FC in the water. Bumped FC to normal target level and all is good. I just need to get in there and vacuum.image.jpg
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    Re: going on vacation

    Thanks, Zea3. I still have a couple of weeks to decide pump or no pump. Good to know it can be done.
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