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Forum: Pool Startup, Shutdown, & Winter Operation

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

  1. 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 11:51 AM
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  2. 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 11:16 AM
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  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 10:59 AM
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  1. "Foam" on surface

    I just found this forum. It seems like an awful lot of nice people trying to help. I just opened the pool three days ago-what a mess. Green and...

    Started by hoosier56‎, 05-26-2006 08:51 AM
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    05-27-2006 11:21 PM Go to last post
  2. "Skirted" Winter Cover for AG...any experience out there?

    I thought I was shopping early...you all have me beat. Does anybody out there have experience with a skirted winter cover? We live high on a hill...

    Started by heusiknb‎, 08-09-2006 11:25 PM
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    08-10-2006 08:23 AM Go to last post
  3. "Throttle down" on vacuum to waste?

    My water is clear 2 days after opening, but I have some algae sitting on the bottom and sides of my pool. When you vacuum to the waste line, does it...

    Started by kevreh‎, 05-23-2006 09:52 PM
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    05-24-2006 09:50 AM Go to last post
  4. Question "Winter Pill" ??

    The other day we saw a new product called Winter Pill made by SmartPool. It's a round ball filled with some sort of enzyme-based liquid which is...

    Started by VickieC24‎, 10-07-2007 01:57 PM
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    10-07-2007 06:12 PM Go to last post
  5. Unhappy (Sob!) This Pool Season is Finally Over!

    Saturday was the day. Overnight the water had finally plummeted from 72 down to 60. So that meant close, and close now! Did the usual--been...

    Started by CarlD‎, 10-16-2007 08:22 AM
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    10-17-2007 08:34 AM Go to last post
  6. 1 Week New Pool

    Hi all! Just had my new construction, pool finished last week, and have a few questions. My builder, says not to use the automated ( tab)chlorinator...

    Started by t-cell‎, 06-18-2013 02:30 AM
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    06-19-2013 02:43 PM Go to last post
  7. 15ppm chlorine?

    How do you test for 15ppm chlorine when closing down the pool? I have only been able to find tests up to 10ppm. The pool store said I wouldn't need...

    Started by mohawk‎, 10-12-2006 08:47 PM
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    10-13-2006 08:26 AM Go to last post
  8. Question 1st attempt with opening

    Hi all, I have had my vin pool for a few years. I am going to open it up myself next month :eek: and I need a quick brief on the pitfalls and...

    Started by Bergerman‎, 03-28-2006 05:19 PM
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    04-12-2006 12:14 AM Go to last post
  9. 1st closing of pool, cover, water question

    Well just had our pool completed with half surround deck, 16 x 32 Doughboy. Have all lines dry and pump removed and ball valves closes.drained 6 in...

    Started by rajung‎, 09-27-2012 08:29 AM
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  10. 1st time AG owner trying to learn the ropes of BBB!!

    Hello all - I thought I was behind this year and late getting my pool up, but the weather here in the heartland has been horrible so I still have...

    Started by kpr2k07‎, 05-25-2011 08:45 PM
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    05-25-2011 10:22 PM Go to last post
  11. 1st time pool owner!!!!! Any advice??????

    18x28x43 true L vinyl, will be finished in about a week. Any suggestions for a good start up?

    Started by mjmontgomery‎, 07-10-2014 01:04 AM
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  12. Exclamation 1st time to let pool go over winter....need help to clean it up.

    Hi all! I am a new member...and basically a new pool owner. We moved to Alabama from Indiana 3 years ago. The house we bought came with an inground...

    Started by SunflowerMel‎, 03-14-2012 12:10 PM
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    03-14-2012 01:05 PM Go to last post
  13. 2 quick questions

    New here...just 2 quick questions. My sand filter is making a noise...leaning in it comes from the water going back through the return pipe to the...

    Started by Txboynjgirl‎, 04-21-2012 09:13 PM
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    04-23-2012 01:22 PM Go to last post
  14. 20 gallons of acid???

    I am a new pool owner and have read many posts here. I now have a question. 22000 gal in ground, wet edge pebble sheen finish, Clean clear 420...

    Started by rcci01‎, 08-27-2011 01:07 AM
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    09-15-2011 07:53 PM Go to last post
  15. 22k gal pool with cloudy water 5 days after opening

    opened pool 5 days ago, checked chemicals readings 21750 gal. vinyl inground pool: FAC 2 ppm TAC .2 ppm PH 7.4 TA 66 ppm <= bogus reading...

    Started by Tdraym1‎, 05-31-2018 03:10 PM
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    06-01-2018 11:05 AM Go to last post
  16. Unhappy 27,000 gallon green swamp HELP

    I just took the cover off my pool vaccumed it and the added 5 bags of shock,algaeside, clarifer& iron mite I did that @ 9pm last nite pool is still...

    Started by ms dean‎, 05-22-2012 01:46 PM
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  17. 2nd year Pool

    We used this forum and calculated last summer and kept our pool looking awesome all summer. This summer we cleaned the pool filled it back up with...

    Started by Mrshampton‎, 05-20-2018 09:48 PM
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    05-20-2018 11:52 PM Go to last post
  18. 50 year old concrete pool.

    hello all, my wife and i recently inherited her grandparents house, with a 18x36 concrete pool, it may be 20x40, not sure, the pool was built in the...

    Started by jeffjr464‎, 10-05-2011 06:13 PM
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    10-05-2011 07:37 PM Go to last post
  19. Unhappy 50,000 Gallon Monkey On My Back

    I have a 50,000 gallon IG Vinyl pool that came with the house. I maintained it last year using the local pool shop and then found this forum. I...

    Started by korinian‎, 04-15-2006 01:43 PM
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    04-20-2006 11:35 AM Go to last post
  20. 6% sodium hypochlorite vs. 68% calcium hypochlorite for start up?

    After reading several posts, I am more confused and uncertain than before as to which of these chemicals is best to use for spring start up. We will...

    Started by Mtheuck‎, 04-03-2012 12:24 PM
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    04-07-2012 10:44 PM Go to last post
  21. A bit early but...

    I've got a 20x40 pool with a heater and sand filter. I've had a pool company open and close my pool for three years, but this year I intend to do it...

    Started by psteward‎, 06-02-2006 10:32 AM
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    06-05-2006 10:58 PM Go to last post
  22. A few odd pool closing questions....

    This is my first winter with my my IG pool (20,000g) and I had it professionally closed. I still have a couple of questions: 1. When the ladder...

    Started by revhendrix‎, 11-03-2006 11:24 PM
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    11-04-2006 07:35 PM Go to last post
  23. Moved: a little help with SWCG newbie

    Started by c130jake‎, 09-08-2006 11:09 AM
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    05-25-2006 04:03 AM Go to last post
  24. Question A small pool, 12' x 3.25' .. 2150 gallons

    I have upgrade from the kiddy pool :) I am totally green hoping to be royal blue. What is the basic chemicals do I need to use, just got it filled...

    Started by Bearsbee‎, 07-04-2011 02:05 AM
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  25. Exclamation Aalkalinity question

    I'm a new pool owner and am busy learning about pool chemistry and how to spend money. I think I have the basics, and that pH is important, along...

    Started by linux‎, 04-12-2011 02:14 PM
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    04-14-2011 01:01 PM Go to last post
  26. Question Above ground Intex 15 ft round pool - take down or winterize?

    We have the 15 foot round Intex pool with the metal frame, that is about 4 foot deep. We live in South MS. We usually only get a few freezes a...

    Started by blessedbeingmom‎, 09-27-2010 09:59 AM
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    09-27-2010 07:14 PM Go to last post
  27. Above ground pool / not cleaned for 2 years

    What's the best way to clean an above ground pool that set for 2 years? This is actually the third year now since its last cleaning. There is algae...

    Started by joeb59‎, 06-26-2011 07:01 PM
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    06-26-2011 07:59 PM Go to last post
  28. above or below the skimmer to close?

    Since this will be my first year in closing.........can anyone simply list the steps in which to close one........or steer me in the right direction?...

    Started by traceyb‎, 07-18-2006 04:49 PM
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    07-24-2006 01:04 PM Go to last post
  29. Added bleach to shock pool, now ph is too high

    We recently purchased a home with a pool that was full of green muck. I have no pool experience, but after reading lots of the threads on this site...

    Started by ginar‎, 04-14-2011 02:58 AM
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    04-14-2011 09:38 AM Go to last post
  30. Adding bleach with no filter circulation

    My pool made it through the winter with clear water, however, when we first took a peek to see what the water was like(about a month ago), the motor...

    Started by ksherman‎, 05-20-2014 04:14 PM
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    05-20-2014 04:29 PM Go to last post

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