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    Might as well close the pool!

    The water temperature is 65 degrees, (thanks to a ow of 46 last night, similar tonight, too.) with no temps forecasted above 80 for at least a week here in west-central PA. Looks like there won't be much swimming around here. I will just run the pump, add a little bleach, and call it a year until I can cover it for the winter.
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    Heater not an option?
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    Your water is not cold enough yet to fully close the pool. Although maybe you know that ...
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    I know, hence the adding a little bleach and running the pump a little bit. I am just a bit disgusted that it is mid-August and the water is below 70 degrees. It would take a week of 80+ temps to get it warm enough to enjoy. With lows in the 40's, it takes too long for the heat loss to recover. Keeping the pool covered isn't doing any good. Same thing happened last year. For some reason August isn't as hot as it used to be....,
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Your water is not cold enough yet to fully close the pool. Although maybe you know that ...
    Sorry I don't. Could you elaborate?
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    Quote Originally Posted by PAGirl View Post
    I know, hence the adding a little bleach and running the pump a little bit. I am just a bit disgusted that it is mid-August and the water is below 70 degrees. It would take a week of 80+ temps to get it warm enough to enjoy. With lows in the 40's, it takes too long for the heat loss to recover. Keeping the pool covered isn't doing any good. Same thing happened last year. For some reason August isn't as hot as it used to be....,
    Do you have little ones who want to swim? It's funny because the first week I had ours open in May, my kids were willing to brave just about anything to get in. Now that I have not one but two separate heat sources, they won't even stick a toe in unless it's above 82!
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    PAGirl, I wish I could trade some of our heat for your coolness. Our water has been hitting 96. I had to take out our sprinkler/cooler because the Polaris kept hanging up on it. I know you all had a bad winter. How long was your swim season this year?
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    PAGirl. I know what you mean. Being in central PA also I just get pi$$ed watching the weather report. I am still under construction, mostly just the deck now but it has been swimmable with a ladder over the side since mid July. I can probably count how many times on one had we have been in it. It's like the year I bought a snow blower, it snowed twice.

    I haven't removed the cover in over a week. Been just dropping in about two cups a day, and walking away. I will say the water hasn't gone below 80 since I filled it up. When I did my bleach dump, it said 81. I didn't think I would need a heater with the clear solar cover, when it was warm it hit 91 in a couple days. Now I am thinking I might look into it for next year.
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    Heaters are definately worth it..My Husband heated up the pool enought to swim on Easter and hopefully we can swim till the end of September:http://www.troublefreepool.com/image...y_swimming.gif
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    Wow, that is impressive. Heck I am just hoping to get in it at all.. haha. I will look into it for sure. I am moving my equipment pad after I close it, I'll be sure to keep space.
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    Quote Originally Posted by CeeElGee View Post
    Do you have little ones who want to swim? It's funny because the first week I had ours open in May, my kids were willing to brave just about anything to get in. Now that I have not one but two separate heat sources, they won't even stick a toe in unless it's above 82!
    Pre hot tub, the girls would swim in any temp. Post hot tub, they won't get in unless it's at least 82. At 82 they swim for maybe five minutes. My how a little warm water can change people. Lol
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    With a temp of 45 degrees right now, I wouldnt be surprised if the water was near 60.
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    Same in The Netherlands
    We have a big party today So I have been heating up for 3 days now, but I loose at least 1 degree celcius overnight. I guess today will be the last swim of this season (perhaps a newyeasrs dive at the end of the year).
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    I'm in Michigan, PAgirl, and know what you mean about feeling a little robbed.
    I said to H last night I'd like at least one NIGHT hot enough to enjoy a moonlight swim with the torches aglow.

    We DO have a heater, and have been heating it, and I still swim most mornings after working out, even though the air temps are cold. As expensive as it is to heat, I will suggest that you might get more enjoyment from your pool if you consider heating it. You just have to kind of decide if its worth it to you. Eg. Our gas BILs are roughly equal to a cold winter month with Therese kinds of temps, but I guess I feel the enjoyment, however fleeting, of that early morning swim is worth it.

    I don't know about PA, but next week there's supposed to be some warming going on here
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    Agree with original poster. I am in central NY and this week has been rain rain rain and the water cooled off to 70. Might as well close it, can't wait for Labor Day, to shut it down...
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    I'm in western Pa. and we have been in the same boat with rotten weather and little swimming. Several nights have gotten down into the 40's. I do have a heater, but I hate to run it for hours to warm the water up and by the time the water is warm the sun is gone and more than likely raining. My crew won't get unless it is a nice sunny day and water around 86. Maybe next year will be better!
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    It has been a very cold August and I've only been in the pool twice this month because the very cold nights. Each time I swam this month, I had to turn on the heater because my pool was in the upper 70s, brrr!

    I am really bummed because I spent a fortune removing trees in July to get more sunlight, but these cold nights and cool days have been a bummer.

    I think I'll put my safety cover on my pool soon to keep the leaves out and wait a few weeks longer before I close the pool.
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    Perhaps I shouldn't mention that it's close to 100F around here and the pool is a nice 83.
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    Re: Might as well close the pool!

    In central Illinois it has been cold and overcast as well. Definitely not a good pool summer. I usually heat at beginning of year and turn off heater and have to install fountain by July 4th to cool off. Not this year. My rule of close when the kids go back to school may happen this weekend if the weather does not warm up like it is supposed to.


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