Were the pop-ups removed in past winters?Ok, so last (possibly) unresolved question: Do I remove the pop-up jets from the top step and sitting shelf and plug them with regular winterizing plugs instead?
Yes, from what I remember the pop-up that's on my top step (of three steps (each step has a pop-up)) was removed (currently my water level already lowered is only about 2" above that step; and then the pop-up that's on a little step/sitting shelf on the other side of the pool by the deep end (this is currently about 7-8" below current lower water level.
Again, if the ports are flush, I see no problem with this, but it has to be quick and you must have 2 hands. You would be surprised if a plug is inserted quickly, that 3 or 4 turns and a few seconds later and you are done. Considering you will have no water that can show you small tiny bubbles, I would shut off blower and listen carefully for air. I think the reason why the Paramount blow-thru plugs are cut is because the black housing is this way as well.can we just blow air through each of the ports (without the blow thru plugs) and quickly close them with regular plugs?
How much anti-freeze for each port?I have the paramount cleaning system in my pool and this is how I close. I remove the paramount module and store inside for winter, then use a cyclone to blow air thru all of the ports. You will see air coming out of the floor jets just like if you are blowing out the main drain. Once the floor jets are blowing out air you have airlocked them. I do not have the schrader blow thru plugs, I then pour pool antifreeze down each of the ports and place the cover back on. This is how the pool company that closed my pool for the last three years has done it. If you don't have a cyclone a powerful shop vac may also work.
My pool company removes them from steps and shelf and swim out a total of 10 are removed. They are removed and plugged. He also uses the blow through plugs in the manifold.Ok, so last (possibly) unresolved question: Do I remove the pop-up jets from the top step and sitting shelf and plug them with regular winterizing plugs instead?
Thanks. You know, I didn't even notice that. The reason I kept saying Paramount is because I have a Paramount manual/brochure (passed down to me with all the other manuals by prior owner) and it's for, like you said, a very similar but I guess not identical, system.Your cover says Anthony Pools, not Paramount. It is a similar but different system. That is why your pipes are different then what we have been describing.