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    Does This Water Level Look OK for Winterizing?

    Hi, is the water level low enough for winterizing? I have pillows and live in southern IN/Louisville KY area. Both skimmer and return/Aqualuminator are plugged. Just worried about ice bumping the return (I have no idea how much freezing/ice occurs inside the pool.) But I also have a new liner...
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    Lower Water Level in AGP for Winter - exactly why?

    Hi, this is my second winter closing my AGP. New vinyl liner approaching it's first winter. Last year I lowered the water level 6 inches below the skimmer and left the skimmer mouth open. This year, I got a skimmer plate plug (which has a slow leak, so the pool drained out to just the bottom of...
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    Should I close or not? Freezing, but need pump parts repair.......

    Thank you very much. The gasket came in and the system is back up and running well with no air leak. I will replace those wood shims, because they are already soaking wet. Now, all that's left to do is close LOL. Even though this thread started with a big mishap, I was able to learn a lot...
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    Should I close or not? Freezing, but need pump parts repair.......

    Is it possible to keep the air bleed off valve open just a bit to allow a small stream of air that's getting sucked in (till I get a new gasket where the leak is coming from) to escape, while running the pump? I need to slam and then close. I can't judge what is a lot of air vs. a little in the...
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    Should I close or not? Freezing, but need pump parts repair.......

    Hi - You're right.....freezing is 32 not 35 LOL! I'll shut it down tonight. I will be winterizing (reducing water level, unhooking equipment and storing it elsewhere). I still need to SLAM for 24 hrs and vacuum/brush the pool before closing, which I can do this weekend. Do you think that it's...
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    Should I close or not? Freezing, but need pump parts repair.......

    Hi, I am getting ready to close soon and just did some maintenance on my pump/filter. There seems to be some air leaking into the system because I am getting tiny bubbles in the return that reappear once I bleed the relief valve. We are expecting about 35 F temps tonight worse case, and I had...
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    Should I close or not? Freezing, but need pump parts repair.......

    Thank you. I found one more screwdriver hidden away in the tool box and lo and behold that worked! You're so kind to post. I just had the wrong tool that didn't get deep enough to catch. I have a lot to learn. However, I just set up the system and if the wooden shims needed to level the pump so...
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    Should I close or not? Freezing, but need pump parts repair.......

    Edited above to include the picture. The screws are brand new, came installed into the Hayward base from the factory (I'm assuming. There was no manual.) Could NEW screws be frozen? I think maybe your sentence above got cut off - was it vinegar or an acid or something? I have flex pipes...
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    Should I close or not? Freezing, but need pump parts repair.......

    Hi, I just got a new base for my AGPs pump and cartridge filter. Old one cracked. My equipment is disassembled so I can put it back on the new base. It's a Hayward Xstream voyager pro cartridge filter, and ecco waterway pump. There are two screws that came with the base for mounting the pump...
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    Closing for one night TONIGHT? Please help!

    Hi - Just a follow up. We did get down to 28. Since the water was at 50 F at nightfall (at 48 a few hours ago), it did not freeze in the trickle that was escaping the plugged skimmer. I did end up draining the equipment and bringing it inside for the next two nights. In hindsight, I probably...
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    Closing for one night TONIGHT? Please help!

    Update - problems: 1) A trickle of water is leaking around skimmer plate plug out the open hose to the ground. I assume it will keep draining the pool to the bottom of the skimmer then stop. What will happen to skimmer if this water freezes and doesn't drain fast enough? Should I use a...
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    Closing for one night TONIGHT? Please help!

    Thanks. So, my revised procedure of plug skimmer/return and unhook/drain/cover equipment only will be enough?
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    Closing for one night TONIGHT? Please help!

    Hi, Change in plans. I need a new strategy to "partially close" my AGP tonight where it will be 28 F for 8-10 hrs. The next night will be 38. I am having my pump and filter assembly repaired in a few days so I can't fully close yet. (Weather is nice the next 10 days, just not tonight.) So far...
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    Should I close or not? Freezing, but need pump parts repair.......

    Thanks. I am so glad I asked. Now I don't have to go crazy-rush to close in the next 1.5 days, and I can take my time w/ the proper 24 hr. SLAM. It IS more work disconnecting/moving equipment twice but at least I will close knowing that everything is correct and working. Kristin
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    Should I close or not? Freezing, but need pump parts repair.......

    Thanks. Can I confirm - Don't I want to use a rectangular skimmer plate, which I just bought, to cover the skimmer opening from inside?, plug the return (I have an aqualuminator light but did buy a generic plug for it so hope it works), then detatch hoses from the skimmer and return? Do I need...
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    Should I close or not? Freezing, but need pump parts repair.......

    Hi - thanks so much for your reply. Unfortunately it should be a hard freeze for 8 hours or so down in the mid-20s/30 F range for 7+ hrs. Water temp is 51 F right now. Your idea is looking good - to put a plate over the skimmer and plug the return, drain the pump and filter and store it in a...
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    Should I close or not? Freezing, but need pump parts repair.......

    Hi, I'm in a dilemma. I'm in Indiana/Louisville with a 27' AGP, and it's set to freeze at 30 F on Sunday night...But....I have been waiting to close because my pump needs 2 new parts and they won't be available till next week (when pool repairman comes). My goal was to keep the pool open as long...
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    Do I need a skimmer faceplate and return plug on my AGP if I drain below the skimmer?

    Hi, my second year closing my AGP. Last year I drained the water (Indiana winters) to 6 in. below the skimmer....BUT.......I did not plug the hose to the skimmer or the faceplate, and unknowingly left the Aqualuminator return bulb in. BUGS got into my crystal clear pool over winter. I'm thinking...
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    Pump Accident - I Fell on Pump/Filter Setup, now Pump won't start!

    OMG I just reset the breaker and now I have a pump that is running again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much. I can't believe that I didn't think of that. But I didn't. Hence, this forum. Now, should I be worried about the electrical wires going into the pump at all...
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    Pump Accident - I Fell on Pump/Filter Setup, now Pump won't start!

    So, I was putting JB Water Weld on a hairline crack in my skimmer, all proud of myself, when I lost my balance and feel backwards on top of my pump/cartridge filter housing and knocked them both over. Epic fail. Here is a picture of the damage - cracked plastic 'station', which seems not too...
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    Welcome Big Bertha!

    That's beautiful pool and great setting....looks refreshing and peaceful! Will be worth it!!! Enjoy.
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    Aggressive Frogs in AGP!

    Oh my gosh...your tree frogs are so cute! The second pic...hes so proud of himself LOL Mine are totally not cute....