First I just want to say how thankful I am that this site is here. You are a wonderful resource!
We paid our pool installer 350+ bucks each time for the last 2 years to close our pool I just can't do it this year. I was not happy about paying it the first year but figured I would learn how to do it. The second year I wanted him to show us how to do it so we could do it ourselves, but he was pretty much done by the time I realized he was in the yard. I am 90% sure that he did not use anti-freeze and I know that he did not lower the water level . They specifically told me not to lower it before he came out. He said it was easier if the water level was not lowered. He blew out the lines, plugged the returns and put a gizmo in the skimmer bucket and put the safety cover on. He also somehow winterized the filter - but this part I am fuzzy about again because they did most of this before I even knew they were at the house. About 15 minutes, maybe 20, and he walks out with $350. That is about a week of substitute teaching for me! (before taxes!)
But I digress, a lot - Is it possible that he didn't use antifreeze - I am pretty sure he didnt. We live in Central PA, north of Philly and we had a very cold snowy winter last year. The pool was fine when we opened it - just green
I have been reading the main post on how to close an IG pool and there are so many variations, it is a bit daunting.
1. Is it possible/advisable to close the pool using an Ultra Gizmo/Super Gizmo and not use antifreeze?
2. Which is better to use to blow out the lines, an air compressor or a shop vac? Right now I do not have either and will need to buy or borrow one. Any recommendations that will not break the bank?
3. Is there an online video that someone could recommend on how to blow out the lines and prepare the filter for winter?
4. I do remember the pool guy telling us not to put a cover on the filer/heater during the winter because the condensation would increase the likelihood of rot/rust - but I have read on this site how some pool owners cover their equipment for the winter. We left ours uncovered the past 2 years. Which is the correct way to handle it?
Thanks in advance for any help