Forum Title: Planning for Pool Closing :(
I know it's a little early but this may be the first time we close our pool ourselves. Here is a thread from last year, where I documented all that the PB did when closing the pool. From those that have done this before, please can I get any tips? I am pretty handy and able, so not afraid of the work. The PB charges $500 to close and I really don't want to spend that much. They had use this blower to blow the lines. Is it worth just buying it? Any suggestions for any other blower that I could get? Maybe something that has multiples uses aside from just pool closing? We do have a sprinkler / irrigation system that we also plan to close ourselves for the first time. Cyclone Liner Vac 3 HP 120 Volt Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Category: pool Post By: NINA HARDY (San Diego, CA), 02/21/2019

That is expensive! I think you could get a really nice shop vac for a lot less money that would do the job just as well. If you read some of the pool closing threads, most folks use a shop vac instead of buying a specialty vacuum. Maybe some of our service tech members will comment on this for you.

- JEANETTE WADE (Parma, OH), 03/26/2019

I'm going to be doing the same thing. I tried to close to my pool last fall with my own tools. Didn't work. I successfully blew out the bottom drain, and maybe the returns, but I had standing water that I could see in my SWG. So there was still lots of water in there. I had the pool company come to just blow out the lines for $200. They used the same orange blower. I'm going to buy one this fall for $300. You need high volume and decent pressure to blow the lines out. Did you read the reviews on that blower? Outstanding. I have a huge air compressor and hooked it to the fitting on my pump and tried using that. Not so good. I also tried the shopvac- couldn't even get the main drain to bubble. Leaf blower- forget about it. For less than the cost of one closing, you'll have the right tool for the job. Don't forget to put empty bottles in the skimmer and pour a couple gallons of RV anti-freeze in there too. On my setup, I had to take out the Jandy check valve flapper and turn it around- so the air from the skimmer return would blow out the rest of the system. Edit- I just found this article:

- LAURA LEE (Fontana, CA), 04/11/2019

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