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    How can I drain this?

    Hi everyone! It's getting to be that time again! This is my first season opening the pool. What are some suggestions for draining the nastiness that's accumulated on the cover over the winter?

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    Re: How can I drain this?

    They make small sump pumps - very small/light that can sit on top and pull the water off. Or even a small pump made for fountains will work if you have one to get most of it off.
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    Re: How can I drain this?

    I bought my submersible pump from Harbor Freight. I've never had any issues in 3 years, but if I do they are cheap enough to recycle and buy another.

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    Re: How can I drain this?

    Since that collected water is higher than the ground, all you have to do is put a hose in there, start a siphon and lay the other end down on the ground. It will empty on its own quickly.

    Just don't suck on the hose end so much you get a mouth full of that stuff. Just enough to get it started into the hose and quickly lay it down low. FREE!

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    Re: How can I drain this?

    To start the siphon put the hose in the water of the cover and pump water from your outdoor water spiqot for a few seconds and then disconnect it form the spigot quickly. Water should flow.
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    Re: How can I drain this?

    I just got it flowing using the siphon method. Thanks!

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    Re: How can I drain this?

    CLEAR TUBE, don't want any in your mouth. I have (2) clear 3/8 tube for this inside of left over plastic elec conduit.
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    Re: How can I drain this?

    Hey, that is genius!
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    Re: How can I drain this?

    Hey JoeSelf- Great tip! I shall recommend clear tubing from now on

    Thanks!!

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    Re: How can I drain this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ledvedder View Post
    Hi everyone! It's getting to be that time again! This is my first season opening the pool. What are some suggestions for draining the nastiness that's accumulated on the cover over the winter?

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    You should really be draining/pumping that water off as it accumulates. I pump off my cover at every thaw.
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    Re: How can I drain this?

    When I had an AGP, I left a hose in the pool all winter long.

    I attached a brick to the end of the hose to keep it submerged. The hose then runs down the side of the pool and out.

    But the trick is....have the hose drop to the ground then back up to a shepherds hook (or something to hold the hose up) before it runs out to the drainage area. The reason is, when the siphon is finished and it's sucking air, enough water stays in the raised portion of the hose. When you want to start the siphon again, drop the hose off the shepherds hook, water begins moving (starting the siphon). Remember to put it back on the hook before the water is drained so you can start it again next time.

    You can put a big loop in the line when hanging it off the hook.


    Another thing I recently bought for siphoning gas is called the Super Siphon. It has a brass ball in the end of it. You shake the end in the water and it moves water up the line - eventually starting the siphon. There is a Pittsburgh company that will sell any size hose. I bought 1/2" for siphoning gas from cans into my vehicles.
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    Re: How can I drain this?

    Quote Originally Posted by domct203 View Post
    You should really be draining/pumping that water off as it accumulates. I pump off my cover at every thaw.
    Very true. I'll have to keep that in mind for next winter.

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    Re: How can I drain this?

    You'll want to leave "some" water on the cover for weight, to prevent the cold winds from ruining the cover. If it flaps around, you'll get one good season out of it. If it's not flapping around you'll get two seasons out of it.
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