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Thread: Getting ready to open!

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    Getting ready to open!

    Of course, in an area where there's only occasional freezing nights, and I never unhooked anything, just ran the pump when the temp. got below freezing, it's no big deal. I did make a few purchases to upgrade my system:

    1. Got a 3 way valve to put between my pump and my filter so I can vacuum to "waste." I have a cartridge filter, but a lot of dust and grass / weed clippings did get blown into my pool over the winter, despite the solar cover, so vacuuming to waste is a good idea. Also desert dust storms that come in the summer can deposit an unbelievable amount of dust in the pool.

    2. Got a hose to put on the valve outlet while vacuuming to waste, or the filter drain while I'm draining the filter, so I can direct the water away from the pool a little bit!

    3. Got a ball valve to put between the filter and the hose that goes to the pool inlet, so when I'm cleaning the cartridge, I just have to turn a valve instead of taking the return eye out and plugging the return!

    Those purchases seem like they will make cleaning the filter and pool a little easier than last year. Other than that, I've put one bag of dichlor in, and some trichlor (measured my CYA, low enough to need to add a little more, but since there is some, decided to go the dichlor - trichlor route.) No visible algae, but pool sides feel a little slimy. So I guess I need to hold at shock level for a few days. I can hardly wait to swim! (Still a little cold, though, even in the desert!)
    Above ground soft side Omega pool
    20 feet diameter, 4 feet deep
    Hayward sand filter
    Hayward 1 HP Matrix pump
    Hayward Aquabug Automatic Pool Cleaner

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    Re: Getting ready to open!

    Got everything hooked up, no leaks. One thing I did discover though. If you have a single speed 1 hp pump, and vacuum to waste, you lose a WHOLE LOT of water. I decided my pool wasn't dirty enough to need to do that.
    However, I am glad I put that 3 way valve in. In case I need to empty my pool for some reason, (Put vacuum on the bottom, turn on pump, and that should do it!) or my pool gets really dirty, or whatever.
    Above ground soft side Omega pool
    20 feet diameter, 4 feet deep
    Hayward sand filter
    Hayward 1 HP Matrix pump
    Hayward Aquabug Automatic Pool Cleaner

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    Re: Getting ready to open!

    I'm jealous! I think I'll have to wait another 6 weeks or so....

    The desert? Where abouts? Can you add your location to your profile....thanks!
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
    http://www.PerfectlyClearPoolService.com

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