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    Opening an older pool


    Im new to the gentle. LOL!
    I have been searching all day w/o success re: opening my mom's pool. Have a couple of questions for you.
    Pool details : One of the first concrete Sylvan pools built (yeah, its old)
    My mom had her filtration system re-vamped 15 years ago (?) Mom has always had the "pool guy" open and close her pool. I want to save her a couple of bucks this spring by opening it for her. I think I can connect the Hayward pump myself...disconnected and stored each winter because we live in Bucks County, PA.

    Pool cover is off.

    Questions do I get water into the lines? Do I stick a water hose into the filter basket thingy?

    This old pool does not have a skimmer. Bottom drain, side inlet, side outlet.

    I was born and raised in this pool and I do maintain the pool every summer. Never opened or closed since the re-vamp.

    Any help is appreciated!


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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Opening an older pool

    You need to fill the pump strainer basket with water, close up the pump, and then hopefully it will prime on it's own from there.
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    Re: Opening an older pool

    Welcome Becky
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