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    is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    I am in Lake Forest which is a north suburb of chicago. I am going to open the pool myself. Is it too early or is now a good time?
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    I'm not totally familiar with Chicago weather, but I suspect that now is a fine time to open. You can open as soon as there is no longer a significant chance of a hard freeze.
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    You're good, open it on up!

    Let us know if you need a hand with anything, and we'd love to see it when you're ready. Welcome to another pool season.
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    Take that cover off!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    Take that cover off!
    You've been saying that a lot lately.
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    I'm in Gurnee, and I should have opened already. My pumps are getting hooked up on Monday.
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    You've been saying that a lot lately.
    It's that time of year!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    "Take the cover off!" seems to be the forum's slogan. LOL
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    What is this thing called "opening"?
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    What is this thing called "opening"?
    If I stayed open all year, I'd have to buy ice skates just to use it!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    Do It! I opened last week!
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    Thanks guys. I brought the pump out of the basement and hooked it back up but I decided I am going to drain the water out as i want to fix two of the legs that started to poke out at the bottom. I also want to move it about a foot over since i will have it drained.
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    too funny Richard

    Once the northerners open, what do you do with it?
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    Open it. If I didnt have a few inches of Ice, I would be opening mine too. Gotta wait a week or 10 days up here. I try to open by the end of April each year even up here. Then the cleanup begins and after that, Heating up the water to take the first dip.
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Diesel View Post
    I am in Lake Forest which is a north suburb of chicago. I am going to open the pool myself. Is it too early or is now a good time?
    We opened ours up Easter morning and we live in Michigan.

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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    I am in Peoria and am waiting for another month or so. Weather looks sketchy and my kids are in school for another month. I have rolled back my autocover and ran the robot and it is clean and the levels are great. Just not going to run the pump and heater for a month to have the kids swim once.

    Plus this last month will generally give me a free 10-15 degree water temp gain from the heat of the sun and the cover being closed.


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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    I opened today in Western suburbs of IL. I have not yet started the pump; I am letting the rain refill to opening levels first. With our weather, I would suggest you open soon before water temps get to close to 60.

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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    Today 4/21/15 in Wisconsin it started to snow.....
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    Swampwoman called it: when she opens her pool then the snow and/or ice hit. She said "Tuesday or Wednesday". She was right on the money!

    But seriously, what do you northerners who open the pool now DO with the open pool? Do you just let the pump and filter run with the pool uncovered and LOOK at the water till mid-May, or heat it, or jump in and freeze? LOL
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    Re: is it too early to open pool in chicago?

    Me? I cheat... I have an auto-cover. I open to let rain water in, then close back up again. When the water level is above mid-skimmer, I start 'er up at my leisure. I am about an inch or so short now.

    We Northerners need to open before the water gets to 60 degrees and then it can take a while to get everything balanced. Occasionally we get surprised with something and have to deal with it. My neighbor opened to a brown swamp last year after 15 years of opening clear. Stuff. Happens.

    Another neighbor is up, running, heating, and has had 3 swims and a pool party for the kids already. Good. Stuff. Happens. Too.

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