First I want to say thanks to the site... you have been a tremendous help with my first season of having a pool. It was rather easy... Opened pool (which was closed early last year by a pool company as the home was owned by a relocation company), cleared up the green in a few days with SLAM, and had a crystal clear pool all summer long. I was able to get the SWG dialed in perfect and all I had to do was add a bit of Muratic Acid every two weeks to keep the PH in check. It was really easy!
So, I plan to close the pool this year myself and have a couple of questions. I have read the sticky, and I dont think my questions were addressed there. So here it goes!
1) Installing the safety cover... Will this thing sink? It looks like the proper way is to lay it over the pool, and then anchor it up in the proper order. During opening we had a tough time getting it off with all the water on it, even though it is mesh. Next year I plan to lower the anchors and slide it off instead of un-latching it as we go.
2) Water level must be within 18" of the surface to support the snow load. What is the best way to maintain that with rain / snow melt? The closing company lowered the pool too far so many of my springs were ruined by the huge snow load this year. Then when it melted, water made it into the skimmer boxes and froze. The pool company had an inverted antifreeze bottle in the box so we didnt sustain damage, but I feel that was a close call. I have a submersable pump... should I put it in a bucket in the deep end and leave it there... pumping out when needed...obviously as long as the hose isnt frozen?
3) Instead of blowing the lines to skimmer boxes, can I just pump them out with pool pump? I would drain below the boxes with the main drain, then open the valve to each one while keeping the main drain open. Would this allow me evacuate enough of the water in the lines for winterization?
I appreciate your feedback!