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    Boston opening questions

    As I look out my window and see the sea of white snow overing my pool and lawn, it is hard to believe that pool season is around the corner here in New England. Our pool was built last spring so this will be our first opening. As part of our package with the pool builder, they had a company put the cover on and do the close. Due to some bad weather last fall our scheduled close date was pushed back a couple of times. I did the chemicals, they blew out the lines and put the cover on. Unfortunately I was not here when they did it, but everything seemed ok. I did have to have them back out in late November to take more water out. We had a very rainy fall, and one of the drawbacks to a smaller pool is that it fills up very fast. At time of close water was 56 degrees. My cover is mesh. I will not be using that company again as they are located too far away and their customer service was lacking to say the least.

    Being as this will be my first opening, I have hired a new pool company to open. I will be here when they do it so in future years I can do it alone. It is a very popular company in the area so I had to schedule it back in February. I wanted to open on April 27 or May 4, but those dates were already taken. My scheduled open date is April 20. Here are my questions. Is that too early of a date up here to open? It is not uncommon in this neck of the woods to get temps at freezing or below freezing at night in early May. If the temps do drop, what do you do? Just run the filter all night? I have read that a lot of people open when their water temp hits the upper 50s. How do they check the temp with a winter safety cover on? Because we had to reschedule my closing last fall, I was not here when they put the cover on. Should I take a portion of it off to get a water temp, and schedule the opening around the water temp? How do I even take the cover off? I am excited and eager for the cover to come off and swim season to begin, but don't want to do it if I run the risk of issues due to cold weather. I am gone for 10 days in the middle of May and don't want to wait to open that late after my return.

    On a side note, water was very clear when I looked at it a week ago through the mesh. Some leaves got under the cover, but nothing the polaris won't clean in a few hours. The pool was a big block of ice.
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    Re: Boston opening questions

    If you can't get at the water, a decent rule of thumb is average daily air temp (high+low)/2. Yes, if it drops below freezing running the pump will keep the water from freezing. If you have a loop loc type cover, you just pull a couple of loops off and peel it back. That's what I do when Spring rolls around. If you have your pump on a timer you can just set it to run during the coldest part of the night if you go out of town.

    It's not that big of a deal to open your pool yourself, unless you can't physically handle the cover.
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    Re: Boston opening questions

    Is your cover a loop lock cover? It has a lot of straps with a spring and loop at the end that connects to metal pegs that are attached to the decking? If so you will need this tool to take the cover off.

    https://www.amazon.com/Loop-Metal-Sp...r+removal+tool

    I am not familiar with your area, however I do not think 4/20/17 is too earlier to open, and as you stated if you are going to have below freezing temps you can run the pump.
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    Re: Boston opening questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocco View Post
    Is your cover a loop lock cover? It has a lot of straps with a spring and loop at the end that connects to metal pegs that are attached to the decking? If so you will need this tool to take the cover off.

    https://www.amazon.com/Loop-Metal-Sp...r+removal+tool

    I am not familiar with your area, however I do not think 4/20/17 is too earlier to open, and as you stated if you are going to have below freezing temps you can run the pump.
    I have a Meyco cover, and they left a tool like that behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bruce View Post
    If you can't get at the water, a decent rule of thumb is average daily air temp (high+low)/2. Yes, if it drops below freezing running the pump will keep the water from freezing. If you have a loop loc type cover, you just pull a couple of loops off and peel it back. That's what I do when Spring rolls around. If you have your pump on a timer you can just set it to run during the coldest part of the night if you go out of town.

    It's not that big of a deal to open your pool yourself, unless you can't physically handle the cover.

    I cannot imagine it being very difficult at all. I am sure I could manage the cover. Even if I could not the cover is clean of leaves so if it fell in the pool partially it would not be a big deal. Because I was not here for the close, I want to be here for the open. That way I can do it myself the rest of time, plus I am sure then I figure out how it was closed so I can do that myself as well.
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    Re: Boston opening questions

    It's my first year opening as well. We are just a town or two away from you in the western suburbs. We (actually our builder) are opening 4/10. My wife and kids are excited to have the spa open and I am tired of looking at the cover. We didn't close until early November and we also have a mesh cover. Before it snowed this week I drained a couple inches off. Our water is still clear as can be with just a few leaves on the bottom. Summer can't come soon enough. The water is going to be cold, but it's quick and easy to heat the spa.
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