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  1. Leebo

    Replace liner "now" or wait?

    My main worry is a dramatic tear all at once when it’s most inconvenient for you. It sounds like you’re on borrowed time, personally I’d act now on your terms (even though the terms aren’t the greatest) rather than act later on the liners terms. You’re still able to use the pool right up until...
  2. Leebo

    Replace liner "now" or wait?

    The fact you suspect it’s leaking a lot is concerning to me. Can you expand on that comment? Maybe post some photos??
  3. Leebo

    Re-thinking closing pool next winter?

    One of the largest suggestions that I’ve said many times would be to simply learn your equipment. Do this over the Summer, you’ll enjoy it ALOT more than doing it a week before a major storm. Having the knowledge of how to close your pool will allow you to quickly close it in case of poor...
  4. Leebo

    Dallas plumbing repair suggestions

    Check out Craigslist or Facebook as neither of those look like they’re difficult fixes. I suspect there’s some general handyman in the area that could fix that in an hour or so. Unlike so many pool build we’ve seen in the past it appears the builders left you extra plumbing which in your case...
  5. Leebo

    Urgent help due to crack!!

    https://www.troublefreepool.com/wiki/index.php?title=Valves#Pentair Take a look at this page, do any of those look like the part?
  6. Leebo

    How to deal with a frozen pool

    While it’s a very poor article as a whole, it’s a start. We’ll take Marty’s response and catalog it for future use. Additionally in time we’ll add to this article as I can see where it’s beneficial for users to have this sort of thing noted. 👍 Additionally, Thanks for Supporting TFP...
  7. Leebo

    Restarting Pool after Ice & Snow

    https://www.troublefreepool.com/threads/how-to-deal-with-a-frozen-pool.224207/#post-1965706 In this guide we’ve included a few tips to help you out. There’s no need to rush things as there’s a possibility you may have ice in places you can’t see. Let everything thaw naturally, your pools gonna...
  8. Leebo

    How to deal with a frozen pool

    As the days go on I do hope to expand this thread into some additional tools so that in the future were better prepared. How we’ll do that, who knows. I wanted to get the info out there to members who are unprepared to deal with the skating rink in their back yard and who’s eager to see what...
  9. Leebo

    How to deal with a frozen pool

    Good addition!!! Good catch!!!
  10. Leebo

    How to deal with a frozen pool

    Well Texas, that was fun wasn’t it? While there’s still some poor weather down south, things are looking up. We’ve noticed over the last few days many of yinz down south aren’t used to what we up north call “Winter.” We’ve compiled a list of some very simple tips and tricks to help you out as...
  11. Leebo

    Few days of below freezing temp. What to do?

    The goal wouldn't be to avoid the questions.........it would be for responders to have a quick "one stop" answer plus an article we can send out via email
  12. Leebo

    Few days of below freezing temp. What to do?

    This statement goes for all who reads this, If you do take photos of items like removing drain plugs, placing noodles into your skimmer, or whatever you’ve had to do during this “trial by fire” please…..send them to me. There’s no doubt in my mind we’ll be able to use them in the near future.
  13. Leebo

    Few days of below freezing temp. What to do?

    A few random thoughts, One of the worst things to do when there’s problems is to rush things. Going slow allows you to avoid simply making things worse. Once your pad is drained the best route is to walk away. Next is the idea of a “one stop guide.” I can tell you, the idea has crossed my mind...
  14. Leebo

    Few days of below freezing temp. What to do?

    Odds say the surface of your pool will be safe. Every year our pool up in Ohio sees several months where the surface is several inches of ice, and no damage. You’ll be fine I’m sure for the week. Personally my main worry would be the equipment. With the drain plugs open I suspect the water will...
  15. Leebo

    Few days of below freezing temp. What to do?

    That is correct, don’t put the plugs back in yet. Leave them out so there’s a spot for any water that may find it’s way into the system to escape.
  16. Leebo

    How are my fellow Texans doing this morning lol

    The lid to the pump
  17. Leebo

    How are my fellow Texans doing this morning lol

    After you turn off the breaker, open the lid and remove any drain plugs you may find. My gut says it didn’t freeze solid and taking action now may help you out.
  18. Leebo

    Few days of below freezing temp. What to do?

    The gizmo will become a weak point in the skimmer and allow the ice to expand. It’ll take the abuse rather than your skimmer. If you want some added protection tear an old pool noodle into pieces and shove those in there as well. They’ll add even more protection.
  19. Leebo

    Houston Area Freeze

    Running the pump should address the problems BUT be prepared. Power outages are a very real possibility in the area if snow hits and you’ll be forced to scramble to drain all your equipment. Don’t wait until next week to learn where your drain plugs are.
  20. Leebo

    Drain Equipment- then what for pipes?

    You’ll just start tearing it into larger pieces and shoving it into the skimmer itself. This will mostly fill the skimmer up with the noodles and not as much water. Then if/when the water starts the freeze that’s in the skimmer the noodles will become the weak point of the system and allow the...
  21. Leebo

    Drain Equipment- then what for pipes?

    In a pinch a torn up pool noodle places into the skimmer will help too if you can’t find a gizmo. Other than that your plan seems solid. 👍
  22. Leebo

    Antifreeze in Skimmer

    Don’t poke a hole, let it stay full.
  23. Leebo

    0 degrees coming to Dallas

    Just keep things running, moving water won’t freeze. 😐 There’s several good bits of info in this thread that should help you out. The one item I’d toss out however is that you please take a few minutes and learn your equipment while things are warm’ish outside. There is a huge potential for...
  24. Leebo

    Antifreeze in Skimmer

    Are you totally closing your pool? Pour some into a water bottle and place the water bottle into the skimmer. Don’t fill it all the way up, but maybe 1/2 full. Once this is in there the bottle becomes the weak spot and takes the bulk of the pressure. You also can place torn up pool noodles in...
  25. Leebo

    PSA for everyone expecting cold and storms

    Another item, BUY TOILET PAPER! While I suspect many have learned from Covid to buy TP this is a friendly reminder to those who may have forgot. For those living in areas where ice is expected there’s a good possibility you’re not gonna want to leave if the weather is bad. Just look at the...
  26. Leebo

    Another freezing question - Oklahoma

    Be VERY careful breaking ice with a vinyl pool. Having the ice tear the liner is a possibility
  27. Leebo

    Another freezing question - Oklahoma

    While leaving the pump running will be just fine, you’re tinkering with some headaches right now. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with your equipment in case of power outages. My gut is saying colder days and worse weather is heading your way.
  28. Leebo

    FREEZING in Texas with fountains!

    I ask all this as I have zero experience with fountains, How hard is it to drain the plumbing and just shut them off? I personally would really worry about these freezing somewhat quickly if a power failure occurs. Plus I wouldn’t count on the builder “thinking this one through” as I’d bet they...
  29. Leebo

    Freezing weather

    Having the power on is a major win for sure. Now let’s plan on it happening again and get you ready. 👍 Using a tarp and building a “tent” around the equipment would be a major help. This will block any wind and rain plus help keep some heat inside. Assuming you’ve got power, place a heat lamp...
  30. Leebo

    Extended freeze with possible ice storm expected in Houston

    Another option if that’s the case would be using a tarp to cover things up. It won’t be as warm, but it will block the wind while not giving the rain something to “stick to.”