First time poster. New to the site, but it looks like it will be a huge help to me!!!
I've had the pool a couple of years, but have paid a company to open it. But for $400 I think I can do it myself, with some help. I have an automatic cover, so that is not a problem. I just don't want to wreck any equipment by forgetting something. I've read a bunch of threads, but still have a couple of questions.
I Found 4 plugs in the skimmer basket, and located where three of them go. One on the filter, one on the pump, and one on the plastic housing coming from the heater. The one remaining plug is pure white plastic, looks like a bolt with a hex head, and has a small black gasket on it. Can't figure out where it goes. I do have a separate pump that handles the Spa jets, and that pump is buried in a little underground box near the spa. I don't see any place where this little "bolt" would go, but it is pretty hard to get at this pump to see. Should I just start things up and look for water shooting out somewhere?
In my skimmer boxes, there are these long blue plastic "bottles" that screw into one of the two holes in the bottom of the skimmer. I can't totally read what is written on the bottles without taking them out, but it appears to be a "blowout extension". The other hole in the skimmer has one of those plugs screwed it. I assume I just take out the blue thing and take out the plug. Should both holes be open? There appears to be a little plastic flap that can swivel over either one of the holes (or neither). Where should that be for an open pool?
A BIG thank you in advance for your help!