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Old 04-30-2008, 08:14 PM
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Default First time opening my inground pool

i asked alanejackson about this but I bet I dont get a usealbe response, so I will ask you guys.

I am sure I complained about this last year but one of the reasons I have not spent much time on the forums is I bought a forclosure home about a year and a half ago. Basically eveything in the house is broke unitl I fix it. Well last year the pool worked fine. I had a pro come close it and was going to have someone come open it this spring.

now the trouble begins. The guy called me in March or Feb stating he would come open the pool including getting the water and leaves off the tarp cover over the pool. A couple of weeks ago he called and said I had to get the cover off myself, from the looks of things that would be most of the work. So I decided to do it myself. Well of course i spilled about a ton of leaves and water into the pool turning the clear water to a dirty mess with leaves. Well I spent a couple of days straining them out. Then I added the chlorine, turned on the filter and the water had cleared up a lot, I got out a lot more leaves with the net and the filter basket filled with leaves and stuff several times. It was beginning to look like a success after all. Last night I had to go to a dinner. After work I checked the basket and it was so full the water had stopped flowing. I emptied the basket and the water started flowing again. that was about 24 hours ago. I got home from work tonight and checked the basket. I was completely empty, which I thought was bad because I knew no one but me would empty it becasue i have teen age kids who would not do a thing if I dont tell them. Anyway, the filter basket was empty and the water was not flowing. I lifted out the basket, nothing. Under the basket are two openings or outlets. One was competley clear. The other is full of sand, not filter sand but sand and gravel, like from the creek. I tried to push the garden hose down the hole and it appears to be completely full of sand. Could this sand be from under the pool? how did the plumbing bust? Help
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:20 PM
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Default Re: First time opening my inground pool

If it was an above ground I might be able to help, but with undergound I'm lost.
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Old 04-30-2008, 10:59 PM
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Maybe Dargo has a clue.
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Default Re: First time opening my inground pool

Could be that some kids or the guy that was losing the house stuck gravel in there to sabotage the pool. The leaves that made it through the strainer clogged the remaining areas that the water passed through.

Just a guess, but that could have also been done when you weren't home... again, by the former owner that lost the house...

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my money is on fogtender..most of the people damage the houses and pools if they are losing them around here...
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Mak2,

Do you have a sand filter? It may be clogged. What is the pressure reading on your pump? If it is higher than normal try back-washing your filter.

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Old 05-04-2008, 07:06 PM
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Do you have a sand filter? It may be clogged. What is the pressure reading on your pump? If it is higher than normal try back-washing your filter.

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thanks everyone for the help. I have tried many suggestions and figured out a few things on my own. I think it is working right now but I am in no way confident. Again thanks everyone for the help.
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Got my swim suit on. What's the address again? Will be bringing Pepsi and bratwurst.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:30 PM
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Man I wish you guys could come on over. I could make a Pepsi run but not a beer in Indiana on Sunday. Love Brats.
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No Beer on Sunday? Thats just wrong........ Un-American even.
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I would try a shop vac to get as much of the sand and crud out as possible.
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No Beer on Sunday? Thats just wrong........ Un-American even.
It is un-American. Why you (that's right, YOU) people support laws that try to align the morals/religious values of other people with your own escapes me. You'd hate it the other way around. How about some of that good ole fashioned Muslim law that would prohibit alcohol altogether, not just Sunday? And I'm speaking as a non-alcohol drinker, except for a touch of wine in the communion wafer. It's a dumbass law anyway. It merely causes a spike in sales on Saturday nights and Monday mornings, but I'm sure it makes some people and their politicians feel good/righteous about themselves.


Ok, back to dirty pools...
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I would try a shop vac to get as much of the sand and crud out as possible.
that pool has too much water to use a shop vac.
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:42 PM
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yea my shop vac would have to be 1000's of gallons. Indiana has whacky Blue laws. No car sales on Sunday, no carry out alcohol laws and lots of other whacky laws. I think the pool is fixed, ya'all come over, esp PG and the girls.
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There are also dedicated pool vacs out there that will handle it. I've only owned one house in S. Florida with a pool and it was and indoor type so little got into it. My father had some clogging problems with his right after he built the house due to sand getting into the system from the construction. The pool vac removed it in a short period of time. His pool had the vac system built right into the pool. He just had to buy the hose for it and plug them in.
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Hey Joe, did you have a bit of a flashback there? Or just dreaming of spring?
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Hey Joe, did you have a bit of a flashback there? Or just dreaming of spring?
I guess you could call it a senior moment, I didn't even notice the date on the post. I wonder why a lot of the old post keep poping up from time to time?
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Dunno, but I wish I was opening my pool again. Another couple of months.
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Dunno, but I wish I was opening my pool again. Another couple of months.
Seeing as how you live in Indiana no telling when you guys use swimming pools. For all I know you might be like polar bear clubs for other places with lousy climates.
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Enough Knob Creek, it might happen. But I have a hot pool out the other door till the weather breaks, if you can call it that. I got home tonight the sparrows are building a nest in the unused basketball goal by my driveway. Damn global warming.
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