First would like to thank everyone that helped me with my pool issues this summer. We have a gunite pool thats around 20,000 gallons. We want to repaint the pool a different color right before spring time. We dont have a pool cover (which we will have next year for closing) and I dont see the purspose of having to run the pump when the pool isnt in use. So after I do a full cleaning of the DE filters and draining of the pool. I am sure that all the water needs to be out of the filter also. Should the pump and filter be covered to protect from the cold. I am sure that this question get answered a lot but I am a newbie for closing a pool. All help would be great.