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    Cool Closing Pool up for winter using the BBB method

    What is the procedure for closing the pool using the BBB method? This is my first year using the BBB method, what a great summer, so I'm new to closing this way. Also since using the BBB method I don't want to clean out my filter's sand. I'd rather reuse it next summer. So..... do I just drain the water out of the filter and store as is then? If not what's your tip? Man, I love this BBB. The cleanest, the sweetest and the easiest cleaning I have ever experienced.
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    Re: Closing Pool up for winter using the BBB method

    Start with the article in Pool School: http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...ove-group-pool

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    Re: Closing Pool up for winter using the BBB method

    This a article says to wait until the pool water gets down to 60 degrees before closing it. Why?


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    Re: Closing Pool up for winter using the BBB method

    Quote Originally Posted by rcroller4711 View Post
    This a article says to wait until the pool water gets down to 60 degrees before closing it. Why?


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    Re: Closing Pool up for winter using the BBB method

    I would say less active, not necessarily inactive.
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    Re: Closing Pool up for winter using the BBB method

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    I would say less active, not necessarily inactive.
    Picky, picky, picky.....
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    Re: Closing Pool up for winter using the BBB method

    Well it still grows just slower.
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    Re: Closing Pool up for winter using the BBB method

    I have closed early and I have closed late. The last 2 years I've closed early and just closed today. I SLAM to 20ppm, drain and cover. If you want to use Polyquat 60, go for it but you don't have to. Just open before May and you're golden. You should have no problems. I never have.
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    Re: Closing Pool up for winter using the BBB method

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    The last 2 years I've closed early and just closed today.
    Sad to hear that since I'm not far from you. Temps are forecasted for low 70s for the 10 day and 40s at night. I'll give it a couple more weeks. If nothing, I'll take the cover off and wait till the water hits 60.
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    Re: Closing Pool up for winter using the BBB method

    I am closing earlier than the previous 2 years, because I believe without a heater the swimming season is gone and I don't want to be cold doing it. I brushed, vacuumed and covered with winter cover but will continue circulation and water tests until the water drops 10 more degrees. Then I will bring chlorine to shock level and drain hoses and pool water to below skimmer. I didn't want to keep scooping leaves out, it was depressing. The last few days in the pool...that was my entertainment. Scooping with a butterfly net as they fell....Last two years I did everything in the same day after water was below 60...It was not fun...I did not have the deck last year. Thank you all for helping learn this process...
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