I’m so lost I don’t even know what I don’t know. I have been dreaming about a pool for years, following TFP for ideas and advice, and finally got it done. In November in Oklahoma. The 16x36 fiberglass pool was finished five days ago. The concrete folks will be here next week to start plans. Hopefully the next week they will do the work for the deck. Then the concrete needs to cure for two weeks before the Loop Loc cover can be installed. I bought a $100 pool cover from a pool supply to cover the pool in the meantime because we live on 40 acres of pasture land and have LOTS of blowing grasses all winter. The pool has been uncovered for five days, and the skimmer basket is filling up every 4-5 hours with tumbleweeds basically. So the $100 cover should help that. My question is about winterizing. Right now we are running the pump and filter because the PB told us we needed to sump pump water from under the pool several times after the install to be sure the water used during the install is removed. That’s why we didn’t just winterize it immediately after installing. Also, the concrete folks will create a cantilevered edge for the pool, so we figured we would need to clean that up before we winterized. So now we anticipate have a pool running for several weeks during freezing weather. Our days are low to mid-50’s; nights are mid to high 20’s. Maybe we are doing all this wrong. We need advice on ALL of it. Can we remove plugs, let the water drain out of the pump and filter, cover the pool and leave it for a week or two until the deck and edge is done? Or do we have to do a full winterize, including blowing out lines, lowering water levels, etc.? Should we just keep running the filter and pump nonstop for the month (approx two weeks for concrete to be done; then two weeks for concrete to be ready for the Loop Loc cover to be installed)? We are overwhelmed. Thanks for any advice snd for reading my saga. Our pool builders said “Pull the plugs so the water drains. Float a plastic bottle of salt water in the skimmer. That’s all you ever have to do.” But from reading here that doesn’t sound like all we have to do.