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Forum: Pool Startup, Shutdown, & Winter Operation

Spring startup; new pool startup; fall shutdown & winterization.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Closing an IG pool for the Winter

    Edit 12 Oct 06: Sorry I haven't gotten around to adding the pics I promised. The forum won't let me add any more attachments. Until this is resolved,...

    Started by Poconos‎, 09-18-2006 10:16 AM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Closing an AG pool for the winter

    This is the procedure I use when preparing my AG pool for closing. I actually cover it pretty early in the fall before all the trees start...

    Started by Watermom‎, 09-04-2006 10:51 AM
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    09-04-2006 03:03 PM Go to last post
  3. Exclamation Sticky Thread Sticky: FAQ: Common Spring Startup Errors

    This FAQ as been expanded, and moved to www.poolsolutions.com/gd/spring-swimming-pool-startup-problems.html Ben / PoolDoc

    Started by PoolDoc‎, 03-29-2006 09:59 AM
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  1. late pool opening, should I circulate water and add chlorine?

    I have for various reasons not opened my pool for the 2015 season. I did a fairly late closure last fall, which is normal for me the past 14 years. ...

    Started by moriskod‎, 06-25-2015 04:49 PM
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  2. Thank you pool doc!! Your the best.....

    Well I had some major issues last yr and pool doc helped me immensely. I also just read this sticky and believe that was my issue last year, and well...

    Started by Lawrosa‎, 04-16-2012 05:27 PM
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    06-24-2015 06:05 AM Go to last post
  3. AG Pool Closing with High CYA

    Hello. I have read the sticky thread on Closing AG Pools and am somewhat familiar with the "Best Guess Chart" but I still could use a little...

    Started by bottomcat‎, 10-13-2014 11:08 AM
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  4. Question Best time to open an IG pool in NJ

    Here is NJ, it is still quite cold (44F right now). Its expected to go into 50s and 60s over the next few days. So the question is when is the...

    Started by gagan‎, 04-01-2015 12:22 PM
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    05-17-2015 02:14 PM Go to last post
  5. Opening a green, DE filtered pool (sigh)

    Hi all, Been a while since I've been here, return to see the peril the place is in for the moment. Really hope it's temporary, this place is...

    Started by ChuckD‎, 04-30-2015 09:48 PM
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    05-06-2015 01:04 AM Go to last post
  6. Emptying Pool - Sewer Outlet Needed

    We're about to empty our pool prior to summer, but our local requirement is that we drain it into the sewer outlet. There's supposed to be one in the...

    Started by BuddyF‎, 01-25-2015 07:17 PM
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  7. Cover Options and Cover Types

    I need some expert opinions about winter covers and ways to use them. My first winter I used the cover the standard way, air pillow in the middle,...

    Started by Steveromo‎, 09-24-2014 08:43 PM
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    11-19-2014 11:38 AM Go to last post
  8. Pump operation during freezing conditions

    It's been quite a while since I posted. I've been enjoying summer and my recently resurfaced pool ;-) I've also followed BBB for water maintenance...

    Started by Kidney‎, 11-17-2014 02:38 PM
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    11-17-2014 07:32 PM Go to last post
  9. Winterizing hybrid pool - Do I need a pillow if I don't use a cover?

    Hey guys, do I still need to use an air pillow if I don't use a winter cover when winterizing? Is the air pillow people use to prevent the water...

    Started by DennisP‎, 11-13-2014 09:03 AM
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    11-13-2014 07:10 PM Go to last post
  10. Unhappy Forgot to backwash DE filter, now pool is sealed up. Advice????

    Our pool store offers the service of closing pools for the winter. I wanted to vacuum one last time (IG, vinyl liner pool) and I had just finished...

    Started by poolgal13‎, 11-03-2014 12:26 PM
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    11-05-2014 07:47 PM Go to last post
  11. Closing chemistry recommendation

    I have researched AND researched pool closing chemistry. After due diligence, here is my recommendation for IG vinyl liner with solid cover, freezing...

    Started by FormerBromineUser‎, 10-13-2014 11:09 PM
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  12. Without antifreeze

    Without antifreeze, won't an AG pool liner bust or split when the water freezes? I've already unhooked all the lines and stored the filter and pump. ...

    Started by SusanG‎, 10-28-2014 02:12 PM
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  13. Raising water level instead of lowering to close!

    I'm getting ready to close our 21x43 foot AG pool. I am not going to cover it. Last year I left a leave net on till all the leaves fell but we got...

    Started by tnt69‎, 10-15-2014 11:28 AM
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  14. What To Expect? (non-closing)

    So we do NOT close the pool in the winter. What should I expect over the winter? Do I need to keep the chlorine up to regular standards? I assume the...

    Started by Tom.B‎, 10-06-2014 10:21 PM
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    10-10-2014 08:15 PM Go to last post
  15. Salt water closing kits?

    Was checking out closing kits online and saw they had kits just for salt water, is there something special you need to add for them? This is are...

    Started by joelmilot‎, 10-05-2014 09:02 PM
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    10-07-2014 11:12 PM Go to last post
  16. Pool lights

    This will be our second winter with the new pool, winterized last year like the sticky post noted. Over the winter I read a post where they took...

    Started by joelmilot‎, 10-05-2014 08:52 PM
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    10-06-2014 11:42 PM Go to last post
  17. Any recommendations on what winter cover and pillow to use?

    I'm looking to cover and use a pillow on my 18x34 AG. I thought of using the 4x15 pillow since the pool is so long. Any thought on what make of...

    Started by rdefino‎, 10-02-2014 01:59 PM
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  18. Overwintering question from a new pool owner

    We purchased our home last fall and the above ground pool was clear but it was too cold to swim so we, drained the pool below the skimmer, put...

    Started by DJCBW‎, 09-26-2014 11:13 AM
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  19. High FC vs Phosphate testing

    Hello: I was hoping to close the pool this weekend. I super-chlorinated over a week ago (I usually do before closing), but now that I have my...

    Started by TCP007‎, 09-27-2014 11:09 AM
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  20. shock level with solid cover when closing?

    I read the sticky notes for closing, But I am ready to start closing with a solid cover and first time using a 4x15 air pillow." that should be...

    Started by rajung‎, 09-12-2014 07:03 AM
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  21. Winterizing Without Draining its okay?

    My inground pool has two suction ports, one in the skimmer and one a foot below the skimmer. within the past I actually have drained the pool...

    Started by Kimberly Dukes‎, 09-20-2014 01:49 AM
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    09-25-2014 08:38 PM Go to last post
  22. Labor Day and Another Season Winding Down.

    Labor Day: Up in the Northeast it means the final weekend of barbecuing, pools closing, and kids going back to school. And, of course, most of the...

    Started by CarlD‎, 08-29-2014 09:30 AM
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  23. Winter Cover

    I have installed the winter cover. Its just a typical "tarp" style cover and I used to air balloons to help prop it up in the middle. I have...

    Started by columbusdan‎, 09-19-2014 12:28 PM
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  24. First real winterizing, oddball setup.

    I have/had a truly oddball setup for my IG pool...at least as compared to most of the others I read about. I have posted on here about it as I have...

    Started by columbusdan‎, 09-15-2014 09:18 AM
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  25. Do I need to plug the Skimmer for winter

    I plan on disconnecting the filter and lines completely from the and putting the filter in the basement. I was going to plug the return, but the...

    Started by rdefino‎, 09-17-2014 10:37 AM
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  26. Getting cold need to close the pool

    It's getting really cold here in CO and it's time to close the pool down. We had a dusting of snow already. I tested the water and was wondering how...

    Started by dtjoseph95‎, 09-13-2014 01:03 PM
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  27. closing pool for the season

    this the first year I have used the bleach method to much success! are there any special things i need to do to close the pool down and cover it. I...

    Started by sobrien2‎, 09-11-2014 12:51 PM
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  28. does return need plugged?

    for 2 years since getting our first pool" 16x32" I always drained water level to 6 inches below return. My return is a light/return combo. I always...

    Started by rajung‎, 09-08-2014 09:45 AM
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  29. Getting ready to open 40k gal pool AKA "the Swamp"

    Hi! I'm new and so glad to have found this forum! We are getting ready to open our pool, it has no cover we just plugged the pipes and let it sit...

    Started by KJohnston‎, 05-08-2014 12:01 AM
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  30. Winterization for a soft sided pool.

    I am starting to think ahead and plan for winterization. This is my first year with a pool. I have read the sticky's on winterization but I have a...

    Started by swimdaddy‎, 08-27-2014 07:42 PM
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