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    Frozen ABG skimmer basket

    break ice today. check 2x4 today. check. pool noodles Sunday.... it is -1 now and in the 40s the next few days. Check
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    Frozen ABG skimmer basket

    thanks all...hoping in the next few days I can make that happen! also ordered one of these. Just trying to drain the water below the skimmer! https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0041HU648?pf_rd_p=c2945051-950f-485c-b4df-15aac5223b10&pf_rd_r=AXCPNVYFEK7RNCCTM196
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    Frozen ABG skimmer basket

    Yes ma’am. Both valves are open so it can freeze and expand. Not a fan of that much ice weight in the now filled skimmer :) anyone ever just close the valve and fill the skimmer with this? https://www.amazon.com/Champion-Non-Toxic-Swimming-Pool-Anti-Freeze/dp/B00ESJEVKY
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    Frozen ABG skimmer basket

    Thanks for the reply. What pipes would break? The only thing connected is the 12” pipe and valve you see in the photo. if I put something in the skimmer to block the water, that would still let the water accumulate in the skimmer and freeze like it did. I used the skimmer cover that came...
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    Frozen ABG skimmer basket

    Usually I drain the pool below the skimmer, actually down past the return as the snow and water pushes the cover down and pushes water out anyway. Because I had to add so much softened well water (versus untreated with iron) this spring I decided to not drain it. I installed the return plug...
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    10-12% Bleach

    Same in central Ny. Mid July you have to stock up. i like the convenience of one gallon jugs but really hate recycling that much plastic
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    Opening Pool & Solar Cover

    My cover can stay on for 4-5 days. I might test once a week gallon of 10% every few days and that’s it. This site has helped me understand my pool so much that that’s all it takes.
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    Thanks. Another clear opening.

    I do throw in a quart of algaecide also. pH 7.3 (was 6.8 a week ago) FC 8.0 CC nada TA 130 Ca 75 CYA 30 (or 40, I’m rusty) temp probably colder than it should be when testing :)
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    Question re Closing water level

    Re: Closing water level Will the water level this low be an issue?
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    Question re Closing water level

    Re: Closing water level Next year I'm putting skimmer cover and eye plug inside the pool and leaving water level high. They leaked a little but with the valves open that shouldn't be an issue.
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    Question re Closing water level

    I'm fairly certain everything will be OK. Last year I brought the level down to just below the skimmer, installed an eye and skimmer cover and plug. Left the valves open and they of course had water dripping out eventually and froze up. No issues. This year, I brought the water below the eye...
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    Closed. Almost

    LOL. Just realized mine shows 9:25 and yours shows 8:25 due to time zones. :)
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    Closed. Almost

    Sorry. 9:25? No I didn't add anymore. Sitting at 16.5 this morning. Im thinking I should be fine. Sometimes I'm more worried about bleaching the liner LOL. Wife would kill me.
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    Closed. Almost

    Thanks for for the reply. Post 4&8 cover it.
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    Closed. Almost

    Last night 17.5 FC and 1.0 CC Morning 16.5 and only trace CC do I need to add more bleach????
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    Closed. Almost

    Forgot to add, pH is 7.6. Didn't think it would be too accurate with 14 FC
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    Draining Winter Cover

    Ok. I like mine as it carries a good percentage of the leaves right off the cover.
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    Closed. Almost

    Thx. Will check in morning. Should be easy since the winter cover is on it and sun isn't affecting. Didn't like the 1.0 CC considering I closed last year using bioguard and was around 4.0 FC, i am still hopeful to open to a clear pool.
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    Closed. Almost

    So glad I checked levels before pulling the plumbing for the year. My free chlorine dropped to 14 and I have combined chlorine of 1.0. I have never had combined chlorine throughout the year. I just added 1 gallon of bleach since that's all I have. Do I need to add more? Again, I brought it up...
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    Pool equipment storage

    Would you remove the spider gasket? i left it all outside covered with a tarp last year.
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    Draining Winter Cover

    I use this one from harbor freight. Put right on top of my Rdiant brand winter cover. harbor freight water pump - Google Search - - - Updated - - - hmmmmm. Good thinking - - - Updated - - - How is is it with the leaves? mine sucks them right up.
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    Not Cold Enough for Closing, But Tons of Leaves

    We installed the winter cover already due to leaves. Put chemicals in and will do a final test and pull plumbing in a few weeks.
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    Closed. Almost

    Thx. I used the 7.x and figured it was all close enough since I used all three gallons. Errrrr I mean 21 oz less than that :) I read that about the Polyquat and hen saw a few threads where some said it wouldn't matter. I figured with the stability I've had, three gallons of bleach and the full...
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    Closed. Almost

    pH 7.5 FC 9.5 CC 0.0 TA 40 (was 100 a month ago with very little usage since) CYA 50-60 i noticed two things about the bleach I bought at Walmart. It is 8.25% but the available Chlorine is 7.86. In addition, it is not a gallon it is 121 ounces. 3 gallons of that in along with a quart of...
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    Getting ready to close

    Amazon.com : Kem-Tek KTK-50-0006 Pool and Spa 60-Percent Concentrated Algaecide, 1 Quart : Swimming Pool Algaecides : Patio, Lawn Garden
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    Does CYA always leave in winter?

    Thanks guys. Will do what I did last year and open to a clear pool (I hope)
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    Does CYA always leave in winter?

    Here's why. Currently at 50 or so. I have leftover Bioguard Silk Smart Sticks and I figure this would be the time of year to get rid of them due to low to soon-to-be no bather load. Also have a few bags of their shock. I figured using them now would help me get rid of them and be an ideal...
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    Pool equipment storage

    Last year was our first year. I took all the hoses off, removed all the plugs and then covered everything. All that stuff went inside the garage. Pump stayed outside and I did not remove the valve spider gasket. I wonder if I need to remove the gasket this year?
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    Question about algaecide in closing

    I used this last year. Before I found religion (TFP) probably will again this year Amazon.com : Kem-Tek KTK-50-0006 Pool and Spa 60-Percent Concentrated Algaecide, 1 Quart : Swimming Pool Algaecides : Patio, Lawn Garden