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why are plugs needed in return and skimmer?


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Old 10-12-22, 10:30 AM
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why are plugs needed in return and skimmer?

my friend has a soft side pool and said she needed a plug for the 2 inch return and one for the 6 inch circular skimmer that she now took off both pieces of plastic for the winter

she doesnt know why those things need plugged, just said they do. i dont see the issue with water running out in winter. heck it's probably better water runs out isnt it?

so whats the real deal?

also i see plugs readily available but i cannot find anything thats 6 inches to plug the hole in the pool wall where the skimmer went
 
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Old 10-12-22, 07:52 PM
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Not quite sure what a soft side pool is..... vinyl liner.... in-ground ?
Have never heard of a 6" plug.
Maybe post a picture of what she has.

My pool has two skimmers and two bottom drains.
I have two returns.
It's in-ground with tile so I have to lower the water several inches below tile so the frozen water doesn't crack it.
I have to blow out the two side returns and cap them off as they are below the water level.
I also have to blow out the skimmer/bottom drains and cap topside.

Basically any line that can freeze needs to be charged with air.
 
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Old 10-15-22, 01:26 PM
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Old 10-15-22, 03:52 PM
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Hmmmm.... I didn't think those pools were left filled in the winter.

I was looking at the reviews..... there were many complaints about leaking seams.
Where is this pool located ?
I'm not sure I'd leave it filled as when it freezes and expands... it may open seams.

I was just thinking... a friend of mine has a similar pool.
He used to lower the water below the skimmer, put one of those big blow up balls in it and cover it.
 
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Old 10-15-22, 05:31 PM
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pa. she had another pool like it and it lasted a few years until the kids wanted a deeper one. cant be taken down in winter
 
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Old 10-15-22, 10:14 PM
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As I mentioned... my friend uses an inflatable cushion and covers his pool.
He pumps the water from the top of the cover to keep it from rising too high.
Pool cover pillow

The expanding ice will cause damage..... especially if it's too high.
 
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Old 10-16-22, 04:37 AM
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so it sounds like my supposition that you dont cover the plugs and instead let water out, is correct, i told her since you cant do winter stuff, if you let rain and snow in and plug the holes, there may be pressure greater than the design can handle.

im sure in reality it's done, but i cannot imagine going out in winter to pump water off a pool. its crazy. easier to put 5 pillows high and angle the cover to let water run off naturally
 
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Old 10-16-22, 06:28 AM
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since she cant do stuff during the winter. would it be best to really lower water to maybe half? also wondering if maybe a net would be better than cover. cause lets face it. all those leaves will just go in pool in spring anyway. best let snow and water in during winter

but she keeps asking me about the plugs for the side of the pool. i dont see any positive to doing that. just negative by possibly raising water level.
 
 

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