Forum Title: I read all the guides on closing but I think I have more questions than answers
Pool dimensions are listed below. I live in Franklin, TN so we drop below freezing several times in the winter. The pool cover is the green thingie with the little clips that you raise with an allen wrench all around the pool. 2 returns, 1 main drain, 1 skimmer Questions: 1. So we drop the water all the way below the returns? I don't think it was that way when we opened it this year so I want to make sure I'm doing it right for our climate. 2. Antifreeze is necessary for any pool you're properly closing? 3. For 'blowing out' the lines, just stick the shopvac hose in the intake below the skimmer and watch the returns until they're blowing air only? 4. I don't understand the comment about 'blowing out' the main drain because it seems unless the pool has no water, you can't blow this out right? Its on the bottom of the pool. What am I missing? 5. You just pour antifreeze down the tube under the skimmer? Is that it? 6. The compression fitting goes into the tube under the skimmer right? Do you put compression screws into the returns as well? 7. If it rains alot here and raises the water above the returns what does that mean? Will that ruin the 'closing' because the antifreeze could end up in the pool itself (see question above about compression thingies in the returns) I'm trying hard to understand all this without bothering anyone but I wonder if this would be best handled by a pool company familiar with the pools in our area. I hate to do something radically different than SOP and get into a situation where I've misunderstood how to do this and ruin the pool. I had no problem learning the TFPT over the summer but closing scares me a little. Thanks
Category: pool Post By: LONNIE ZIMMERMAN (Vineland, NJ), 02/27/2019

Your comment at the end negates all the questions. If you are uncomfortable, pay to have it done. Schedule time to be there and watch what they do carefully. Ask up front what chemicals they will be using and if you are unsure ask here before you let them use something that may cause problems down the road. The most common thing is no copper based algecides.

- LUIS PATTERSON (Joliet, IL), 03/30/2019

I am going to give you my experience of closing my pool myself for the first time this year next to your questions I quoted below (I bold and underlines my comments). But also if you have never done this and never seen it done and your so worried have a pool company close it for you the first year and watch everything they do and do it in the future (but that your choice) that is what I did. nyvram said: Pool dimensions are listed below. I live in Franklin, TN so we drop below freezing several times in the winter. The pool cover is the green thingie with the little clips that you raise with an allen wrench all around the pool. 2 returns, 1 main drain, 1 skimmer (I have the same setup) Questions: 1. So we drop the water all the way below the returns? I don't think it was that way when we opened it this year so I want to make sure I'm doing it right for our climate. I live in NY a lot of below 0 days and when my pool company closed last year they did not drop my pool that much they drooped it to 1/4 way into my skimmer and that is what i did this year 2. Antifreeze is necessary for any pool you're properly closing? I would recommend it especially in the skimmer 3. For 'blowing out' the lines, just stick the shop-vac hose in the intake below the skimmer and watch the returns until they're blowing air only? I take all of my equipment apart and i blow my lines from the equipment pad from the unions, but i have seen videos blow there lines from the skimmed, i feel better blowing it from the equipment pad 4. I don't understand the comment about 'blowing out' the main drain because it seems unless the pool has no water, you can't blow this out right? Its on the bottom of the pool. What am I missing? Its good to blow out the lines of the main drain then seal the line immediately to keep the line somewhat clear so there is no water on the surface (sorry if im not using the correct terminology) 5. You just pour antifreeze down the tube under the skimmer? Is that it? I recommend purchasing an ultra gizmo and screw it into the skimmer then blow the lines and pour antifreeze in it and then seal it with the cap, then tear some old foam pool noodles and throw them in the skimmer for added protection 6. The compression fitting goes into the tube under the skimmer right? Do you put compression screws into the returns as well? For the skimmer like i said i recommend the ultra gizmo, for the returns while your blowing them out and as there bubbling that is when you plug them with the rubber plugs or the screw on plugs. 7. If it rains alot here and raises the water above the returns what does that mean? Will that ruin the 'closing' because the antifreeze could end up in the pool itself (see question above about compression thingies in the returns) what kind of cover are you using if its a mesh cover then you may need to drain water out from time to time, if its a solid cover it becomes a non issue I'm trying hard to understand all this without bothering anyone but I wonder if this would be best handled by a pool company familiar with the pools in our area. I hate to do something radically different than SOP and get into a situation where I've misunderstood how to do this and ruin the pool. I had no problem learning the TFPT over the summer but closing scares me a little. Thanks Click to expand...

- MITCHELL VAZQUEZ (Denton, TX), 03/24/2019

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