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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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    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.......

    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!

    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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    Can you paint an AGP stainless service panel?

    Hi, I just found out from a replacement liner installer (when my liner was replaced) that my pool has a stainless steel service panel that is still covered with a black thin film the installers (years ago) kept on. It looks really bad from the outside, black with white water staining. I searched...
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    Aggressive Frogs in AGP!

    Hi, we have these two small toads who make TONS of noise every night. They did mate on our pool cover earlier and I had tadpoles to remove before we opened. For the past week since we finally opened, they are back louder than ever. Tonight we had a family late evening swim, and they both came...
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    Retaining Heat vs. Generating Heat

    Hi, I have a 27 ft. AGP that gets full on sun for 80% of the day with fairly windy conditions. I want to prolong the season well into September without freezing cold water. I know we can use solar bubble covers to retain heat overnight, and heaters (solar, gas, or otherwise) to generate heat...
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    Adding Borax - only 0.2 oz needed?

    Hi, after adding CYA to get to about 40 (still waiting to confirm testing in a few more days), my pH went down from 7.2 to 7.0. I have never had to increase pH before...it always creeps up to 8 over time. I did pool math, which said NOT to add baking soda if your TA was high, and mine is a...
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    New Water - Help on high TA - First Time

    Hi - new liner, new water. First time balancing TA. Above ground, vinyl. Taylor testing first time: pH = 7.4 TA = 160 CH = 125 FC = assumed 0 CYA = assumed 0 I read to add dry acid (using pool math) to pH of 7.0, then aerate. I don't have anything to really aerate with. I also need to add...
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    Pool electricity - How do you know if you have a GFCI on your pool pump and light outlet?

    Hi, this might be dumb, but I recently found out that our pool setup is 15 years old, and that electrical requirements for pools over 10 years ago might not have GFCI protection. I have a post by my ABP with one outlet for the pump and another, regular outlet next to it for the aqualuminator...
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    Re-using a dead solar cover - still worth it if bubbles are broken?

    Hi, our solar cover died last year by breaking down into millions of plastic circles. We do have high winds here in southern Indiana and I want to use the pool into September as long as possible. If I used my broken-down bubble one from last year (so just like a cover) would that still prevent...
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    Ball Valve Installation - clamp, screw, glue?

    Hi, I'm getting a new liner tomorrow and my 27 ft round AGP has NO shutoff valves which was a nightmare last year trying to do any maintenance. I want to install two ball valves, one beneath the Hayward skimmer and another on the return line (which has an unused pool light Aqualuminator...
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    New liner installed tomorrow - Preparation Questions (draining, sand, rust, etc.)

    Hi, the installer is coming tomorrow at 8 AM to replace our 27 ft round AGP liner. Pool is 15 yrs old, Aqua Leader Optimum Escape. I have a few questions: 1) When should I drain the pool? There is about 20 in. of water in there right now. The installer told me to drain it the night before. Is...
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    Minimum Water Level in an AGP

    I have 2 weeks to wait for a replacement liner for this pool. Opened yesterday to a ripped liner and only 25% water (although it was winterized to 6" below skimmer). What should I do to keep this pool safe till then? I already covered the two rips with plastic tarp/trash bags so no water would...
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    What kind of liner do I have? Overlap or J hook/Unibead?

    Hi, I need advice. I'm replacing my liner and can't figure out what STYLE I even have. I'm thinking J hook but not sure. If I can't find a J hook in stock right now, can/should I go to overlap? Thanks, Kristin
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    How big of a patch can be used?

    Hi. I just opened today, 2nd year. We inherited a pool with a very old liner. Last year, upon opening there were two horizontal tears in the vinyl liner along the waterline, about 3 ft. and another 4 ft. long, in the same area. I was able to patch them using "liner samples" from the pool store...
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    New Cover Flapping

    Hi, this is my first close. Using a brand new solid cover for round 27' AGP. Secured as directed but the cover is really flapping up in the Indiana wind. Are you supposed to roll the excess cover higher up on the sides before securing, OR, use that saran-wrap stuff that I've seen so wind can't...
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    How bad can it get? Can't confirm SLAM

    Hi, first closing. I need to close today. I have been maintaining SLAM level for 24 hours. Prior to the SLAM I brushed the pool and vacuumed up a few (less than 5) small leaves and bit of dust-like sediment from the bottom. I'm going to vacuum again as a bit of the 'dust' settled again. My pool...
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    Help - Shock timing vs. draining vs. cover?

    Hi, first closing. I'm confused, even after reading around, on the details on above ground vinyl closing. If I have to SLAM my pool at shock level for 24 hrs, then immediately drain the pool 6 inches below skimmer return (as the water is at 12 FC level) onto the grass, then immediately put the...
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    How to protect aging vinyl liner over winter

    Hi, looking for advice on my first pool closing for an aging vinyl liner in my above ground 27' round pool. Moved in and opened the pool in July to two, 2 to 3 FOOT horizontal slits/rips at the waterline. I was able to patch these with pool liner samples from my local store. I'm terrified that...
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    Closing and Possible Light Freeze - Help!

    Hi, First time closing 16K above ground pool in Southern Indiana. Planning to close in the next few days (sick kids prevented this earlier in the week, and weather got cold). It will go down to 38 F tonight with the possibility of a light freeze. Am I OK tonight just running the pump overnight...
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    Target vs. Minimum FC? Cost Implications?

    Hi. I'm a new above ground vinyl 16,000 gal pool owner in southern Indiana (came with the house.) I have LOVED this website and learned SO much the past month. I am actually enjoying learning about the pool and how to maintain it. I'm pretty much following all the advice here for testing...