What did you do to your pool today?


Bronze Supporter
LifeTime Supporter
May 8, 2012
Southeast Michigan
A fitting blew out on our pump and drained the water below the skimmer opening. :eek:
Now we have to refill to mid skimmer, to make sure the pump did not burn itself out, SLAM, lower the water level, cover and close for the winter. :hammer:


Bronze Supporter
LifeTime Supporter
May 8, 2012
Southeast Michigan
Do you happen to have vacuum pole , head and hose? Then you don't have to fill her up.
Thanks for the thought, but we always lose prime when I try to vacuum with a low water level. The vacuum port is on the inside of the pool wall and I have never been able to pull the hose over the top of the skimmer box to plug it directly into the skimmer opening.

Good news - the pump still works, did not burn itself out overnight. So the pump is running, circulating the water and I will be slamming it tomorrow. Closing will have to wait till next week since we are very busy and out of town this weekend.


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Aug 18, 2018
Dieppe New Brunswick
Just over 2 1/2 weeks ago I installed the safety cover. Now I unhook a dozen straps to finish closing.
Monday I dosed the pool with another 100 ml of Polyquat 60. After circulation for an hour I did my last backwash and rinse of the season. I lowered to the bottom of the skimmer. Turned off the pump just before it would gulp air. Then I shut the ball valve to the skimmer line. I plugged the skimmer for extra insurance. Then I turned the pump back on to draw from ONLY the main drain. I lowered the pool to just below the eyeball returns. I undid all the unions, drained the pump and sand filter, removed the eyeballs.
Tuesday a buddy came over and we blew out the Heat Pump and added RV antifreeze to the heater.
Today Wednesday I finish blowing out the lines and I plug them. Then I add antifreeze. I am done for the season.
The pool had got down to 51.5°F but has risen to 56°F. It is still a solid 60°F so I am good.

The pool is so clean clean clean! There are still leaves to drop so I am happy that I covered it early.

Tip a glass to TFP
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Well-known member
Apr 21, 2020
Apex, NC
I installed my safety cover on Sunday. The funniest thing happened. Each time my daughter brings her dog to my house, the dog heads straight for the pool and drive right into the water. Last night, my daughter comes over for dinner and brings her dog. Where she releases the dog from her leash, the dog can't see the pool. She takes off in a sprint after being released from her leash. She turns the corner and runs fast to the pool. Right before she reaches it, she stops quickly. You can just see the disappointment in her because she couldn't dive into the water.


Gold Supporter
Dec 26, 2019
NE Oklahoma
Saturday I winterized my water features pump/circuits. I am going to keep the pool going, but the water features will not be used throughout the winter, so no need to keep that pump going, just so it can cycle on during the freezing weather.

Used the shop vac to blow down the features themselves. When it came time to blow the main drain line out, the shop vac didn't have enough oomph. So I was about ready to pull the trigger on a cyclone blower, when I realized, all I needed was a blower. I have a perfectly good blower already on my equipment pad. It produces plenty of pressure to overcome the head pressure on the main drain line.

So I cobbled together this handy dandy adapter to connect to my pump suction union... and viola! I can use my spa blower to blow out the main drain line! I thnk next year I will plumb in a 3 way valve on the blower line so I can just divert the blower flow through a shop vac hose to blow things down.



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