To drain or not to drain....winterizing an Intex Ultra Frame XTR

KayDub23

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May 17, 2020
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New Hampshire
Hello all, New England gal here, I've read "all" the posts on here about winterizing Intex AGPs and haven't found an answer to this...I read the Swim University article on winterizing, as recommended by many folks here: (How to Winterize An Above Ground Pool in 11 Steps). There's just one thing we don't quite understand: Swim Uni says not to drain the water below the skimmer if you don't need to, just plug up the holes and leave the water in because it's better for the pool walls. Intex also says to just plug the holes and leave the water in, albeit those are the directions for warmer climates. We are inclined to leave the water full, since it's easier and because the walls on this style of pool bow in when it's anything but full.

Anyone in a colder climate have experience leaving the water in? I will post some pics of our set up later today, but it's the out-of-the box Intex skimmer/return with no modifications. TIA!!!! : )
 

cowboycasey

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yes ma'am, you will blow the water out of any pipes or disconnect the pipes if you have a little pump after you plug the holes.. then just leave the water in.. I do not cover mine up but some do... :)
 
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jlt19

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Aug 20, 2019
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St. Louis, Missouri
I'm thinking of doing this with my "regular" AGP. I'm not really understanding the benefit of wasting all of the water to drain below the return, then refilling in spring. I keep a submersible pump "on" all winter over the cover, so I'm not worried about overflowing the pool. Are there any other considerations I need to consider? I plan on covering the skimmer with a heavy duty garbage bag and I take off all the hoses and store inside.
 
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CT-Steven

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May 26, 2020
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CT
We're not draining. The pool came with some black plugs, we loosened the hose clamps removed the plastic intake and return and plugged the holes. I would assume that you could also just use rubber stoppers from your hardware store. I'll be closing this coming weekend, all the equipment will be washed and put away in the garage...
 
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CT-Steven

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May 26, 2020
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Unscrew the strainer from the inlet (might have 2 screws holding this in place).
Loosen the hose clamp on the back of the 1.25" hose just enough to allow the intake assembly the ability to move (do not remove hose or clamp yet).
Carefully wiggle the plastic intake assembly out of the liners insert.
Place plug that came with pool in hole.
Remove hose.
 
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Woodstock1234

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Aug 4, 2020
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Illinois
Unscrew the strainer from the inlet (might have 2 screws holding this in place).
Loosen the hose clamp on the back of the 1.25" hose just enough to allow the intake assembly the ability to move (do not remove hose or clamp yet).
Carefully wiggle the plastic intake assembly out of the liners insert.
Place plug that came with pool in hole.
Remove hose.
Got it thanks! I couldn't get my hose through to the inside of the pool, so it sits on the outside clamped. It hasn't leaked so I left it. (One woman show here lol)
Will try to push it all the way through or will drain some water as I had planned. I like the idea of leaving as much water in the pool as possible.