I have had nothing but headaches with my fittings since we put the SWG on - none of the fittings are getting tight enough and with any vibration, they loosen more and hoses have blown off. This is the 4th time now. The first time we lost nearly a foot of water in the pool and refilled/topped off. Twice since fittings on either side of the SWG have blown off and we lost water - 2" only then 4", both times we topped off, tightened up and moved on. Today while I was running my cleaner the hose blew again while we ate lunch (figured I could clean the pool safety for 30-45 mins!) Ha, lost over a foot of water into the yard.
Now I am topping off again and, just my luck, its not going to be very warm again for a while - only in the upper 70s so I don't suppose I'll get warm water again before I HAVE to drain below the skimmer to close. I was cussing a blue streak and cursing my pool, my husband, my kids, the swg, the gravel around the pool, EVERYTHING. I guess it was bad enough for all 4 parrots to start screaming in the house so I got my self cooled off and replaced the hoses and fittings AGAIN with newer ones that have longer collars on the ends. GRRRR. I don't suppose I'll get to swim again before I close for the year. Its hot and humid outside right now and my pool water temp is down to 78F with all the new fill/top off water - I'm mad!!
BTW, the vibration I'm talking about is storms and big winds, which we have had our share of for the past 2 weeks. Really strong - move the deck type winds. My pool was filled with tree branches and debris as the winds lifted the edge of the solar blanket on one side so the **** got underneath and sank.
Edit: I am going to hard plumb it all with pvc next spring - DH is concerned we won't be able to get all of the water blown out and will have problems. Our solar is hard plumbed to a certain extent (the nearly verticle parts) then to flex hosing to the diverter and so forth. We have an air compressor - I'm thinking we pvc plumb to threaded fittings, remove hardware at closing by unscrewing threaded parts, blow everything else out and go - any thoughts? I am starting to hate hoses.....