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    Pump disconnected, should I cover the pipe open end?

    I'm wondering if there is any consideration whether or not to cover up the openings left by disconnecting the pump & removing the sight glass and pressure gauge on the filter. Should I cover up the pipe and filter holes? If so, what should I use for this purpose? The pool was closed last winter...
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    Fixable -- ball valves cannot close completely?

    The two ball valves connected to two skimmers, circled in red below, become very hard to turn and no longer close completely. As a result, when I try to lower the water level, as soon as it drops below the skimmer, the pump would lose prime. Is it possible to fix these issues with ball valves...
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    Winterizing plugs for Hayward Jet Air III returns

    I think I have a Hayward Jet Air III. When closing the pool today, I realized that the fittings were not installed, but I found a few spare parts that look right here (SP1434-B, SP1434-D, SP1434-T). I used either a size 11 or 12 rubber plug, which got pushed in a little too deep, and I was...
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    Correct pressure (<5psi or ~20psi?) and equipment (compressor/shop-vac/leaf blower) for blowing out the lines

    This is my first time winterizing our in-ground pool. I've read many many articles and forum posts on this topic for the fear that I may overlook something and end up damage the equipment or the underground piping. I have a Freeman 1.5 HP / 6 gallon compressor, a 3.5 HP Shop-Vac, and a Sun Joe...