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Answered 2008-09-03 00:26:09

1. Vacuum any organic matter out of the pool. 2. Super-chlorinate the pool. Don't be stingy. Err on the side of a bit too much, not too little. Let the water circulate for 20 minutes. You could add some algastat, too. I don't and have never had an algae problem at opening. 3. Drain the water below the skimmer. You can do this by backwashing the filter. Be careful not to run the pump dry. 4. Cover the skimmer opening with the cover provided with the closure kit, and remove the eyeball on the return. 5. Remove the hoses. Insert a black rubber stopper in the return opening. Do that from inside the pool, so the water pressure keeps it in place. Tighten the wing nut but don't over-tighten it. 6. Remove the motor/pump and the filter's valve and mode selector for storage indoors. You can leave the sand vessel outside. If you have a DE filter, you might want to bring that indoors, too, and clean it. 7. Unscrew the drain cap on the sand vessel, and remove the ladder from the pool. 8. Inflate the pillow and secure it with nylon twine. Try to center it. Make sure there is no twine hanging outside the pool. Water can wick up the twine and down the other side, creating a siphon and emptying the pool. (No sh!t.) 9. Pull the cover up and over, trying to keep the water off the top. Even it out and THEN thread the steel cable through the grommets. Secure it with the winch. 10. Try not to let too much water collect on the cover during the fall and winter. and yeah!

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