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    Heat Pump recommendations - Gulf Stream

    As written previously in this thread, the heat pump works fine, it just takes longer to heat up the pool. Regarding efficiency, the pump must run longer, which now brings us back to more electricity. If one must run the pump 8-12 hours per day to heat up the pool because of a heat pump, then gas...
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    The concept of closing an in ground swimming pool

    If you have time, search on line to see if they sell new gaskets. Outside of this, you may have to replace the whole unit, as I do not recall if there was a gasket with the Pentair Shut off valves. The water is under the frost line and you should just leave it open. The other option is to try to...
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    The concept of closing an in ground swimming pool

    Please upload a picture of the areas in question. Spray solution of soapy water on the shut off valves to see if you have air bubbles. It may from the top of the valves, which would require the gasket replacement, and not on the inside. I was referring to the inside. If air is not leaking from...
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    The concept of closing an in ground swimming pool

    Go back into the pump housing and insert a black winter plug. Unfortunately, I have learned that the shut off valves are not 100% air tight, no matter what the manufacturer states. What kind of pump do you have?
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    Purging main drain with air compressor...will this work?

    I am assuming you are claiming that your main drain is tied into the skimmer, and there could be a diverter valve. Unless you are working with a Cyclone and some adapters, there may not be enough air volume to move the water along. However, if this was my set up, I would work with blow-thru...
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    Pool closing in Northeast

    My pool was built in 11-2013, and then closed during construction. Pump not in use until spring of 2014. Pump left outside from 11-2013 until 05-2018. Pump technically lasted 4 years. It looked really bad. Upon start up, the pump would not turn over. Tried a new capacitor, with no luck (have...
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    The concept of closing an in ground swimming pool

    Sorry for the late response. The Poly 60 will eat away at the chlorine, and vice versa from what I understand. It is always best to allow the levels to drift down the minimum, based on CYA relationship. Hard to tell if lower levels, based off CYA would cause any problems. It is always good to...
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    The concept of closing an in ground swimming pool

    A little air loss is normal and and a little backpressure will not damage the piping. The compressor should be shut off before closing any valves during "air locks". Remember that air has to escape first before water can get in. I have loosened winter plugs, allowing air bubbles out, only to...
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    The concept of closing an in ground swimming pool

    Twist the hose on the adapter, but hold the adapter with one hand and the hose with the other hand. Reverse the process when you take it off. Or maybe the hose is just larger than needed.
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    The concept of closing an in ground swimming pool

    Stick a screwdriver vertical, and turn counter clock wise. Isolate each section with the shut off valves when pushing air through. Again, you may have to work with adapters (larger to smaller) in order to create something to work with. There should be blow thru-plugs for the piping, but the...
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    The concept of closing an in ground swimming pool

    All gauges and drain plugs are removed after you are done. I have no idea why you have 5 Gizzmo's, but they are usually for skimmers only, not inside the pool as winter plugs are used inside the pool. Extended plugs are for areas that are hard to reach because they are tucked inside. Without...
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    How to air lock main drain in IG spa with no diverter valve?

    Do the covers in the SPA come off, which will allow you to work backwards? You could always use the blow-thru plugs. A lot depends on the air volume. The cyclone would be able to push enough air through the system to have both areas bubble long enough where you can create the "air lock". Then...
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    Blowing out the main drain

    Please provide a little bit more detail about the main drain. I need to know how you did it, what type of compressor and where you hooked it up to. Also, the shut off valve selection makes a big difference. If you can isolate the main drain by itself and you have separate shut off valves for...
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    having pool techs close pool

    Once you add the chlorine, let it go for the winter/early spring. Do you have a mesh cover? If you open up early, you will be surprised how quickly the SLAM will go. You may also want to add regular tarps over the cover (if mesh) to block the sunlight!