2013 Pool Closing Pictures....Let's see them

weird_tolkienish_f

Well-known member
May 31, 2013
148
Massachusetts
I love my pool, but by the end of the season I had a leaking multiport and a pump on it's last legs.

I'll be looking forward to starting over, new port, new pump, maybe new filter. Big $$$ but at least it'll all work well.
 

linda1

Well-known member
Mar 26, 2010
341
Western Pa.
Here is mine, but I'm only partially done. Still need to drain down disconnect pump and heater. Water was 67 a few days ago, so it won't be long before I can finish up. Wanted cover on before the leaves drop.
 

Casey

TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Apr 16, 2007
11,465
SW PA
I closed mine 2 or 3 weeks ago. I was sick at the time with a cold and I knew hubby was going to have brain surgery sooner than later and so we closed it. Can't wait til next year when me n hubby can get a full summer in!

 

flyweed

Bronze Supporter
Aug 3, 2009
525
SW Wisconsin
Posted this on my own thread, but here it is again. Still need to drain down, and disconnect pump, etc..but pool has been slammed, polyquat added, and pool cover on.
 

IL_WS

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Sep 18, 2012
125
IL, NW of Chicago
Looking at these pictures, it appears as though several of them have most of the water in them. Do you normally drain 12" below the drain, or just protect the drain basket from expansion?
 

redhdgirl417

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Sep 11, 2012
127
Mid-Michigan
From reading the comments, most have "sudo" closed as the water wasn't quite cold enough (60 degrees or below) to completely close. I drain mine 2-3" below the return outlet to remove the pump and hoses for the winter.
 

IL_WS

Well-known member
Sep 18, 2012
125
IL, NW of Chicago
redhdgirl417 said:
From reading the comments, most have "sudo" closed as the water wasn't quite cold enough (60 degrees or below) to completely close. I drain mine 2-3" below the return outlet to remove the pump and hoses for the winter.
So as water and snow collects on the cover, how do you protect the skimmer basket from being damaged by expanding ice? Or am I being overly concerned?
 

redhdgirl417

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Sep 11, 2012
127
Mid-Michigan
IL_WS said:
redhdgirl417 said:
From reading the comments, most have "sudo" closed as the water wasn't quite cold enough (60 degrees or below) to completely close. I drain mine 2-3" below the return outlet to remove the pump and hoses for the winter.
So as water and snow collects on the cover, how do you protect the skimmer basket from being damaged by expanding ice? Or am I being overly concerned?
You can use a skimmer gizmo or I take an empty algaecide bottle and put it nozzle size down. The water is drained below your skimmer so no frozen water will be in it. Remove the basket for the winter and I put a rock on top of the skimmer cover to keep it on. The skimmer itself is pretty hardy, mine survived just fine.
 

danpik

TFP Guide
Jun 4, 2012
1,729
western NY
My skimmer has a lid that snaps in place called, I believe, Aquadoor. Had it for years. The skimmer opening/flange has a rim like a Tupperware container and a lid like one that fits over it. Simply snaps in place. No water gets in the skimmer. My return is just as easy. I remove the "eye" and screw in a 1.5" PVC plug. Pull the cover over it and slip the plastic 55 gal drum in place under the cover and I am good to go.
 

Casey

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LifeTime Supporter
Apr 16, 2007
11,465
SW PA
Casey said:
My water was drained to right below the return and covered. Whatever water collect on top of the cover will force the pool water out of the return before it even gets to the skimmer. I've never worried about getting through the winters here in SW PA. I closed this pool the same way I closed my last one with the only difference being location (within 15 miles) and I do not anticipate a catastrophic failure due to ice, snow or rain. Sometimes our winters are mild and sometimes, they are brutal.