Step 3 - Put It Together!
With all pieces of the puzzle rounded up, Sunday afternoon we assemble the cleaning and proofing supplies. It’s been wintered over with about 12" of water, frozen solid from about middle November 2020, till about first of May.2021. The last of the gallonage goes onto the poor cedars, and various patches of ground around the homestead. It’s been a dry fiery spring. So out with the shop vacs, bilge pumps, septic lift devices etc. A brisk brooming on the vinyl floor, breaks up what has settled last fall before freeze up. Now with the vacuum’s sucking up the last of the water residue, a quick mop brings it into readiness for re-filling. It’s late into the afternoon, and we begin to fill from the city mains. As we have had a number of unexplained leaks in this pool. We are only going to put about 6" of water, and do some last ditch trouble shooing. A gravel base around the pool in a tightly enclosed yard space, causes a lot of small perforations. Never use anything thicker than sand as a base and pool surround. It will haunt you for the rest of the pools life. A little exploration reveals a few of last years patches, and a couple of new leaks, get our attention, and a liberal layer of waterproof glue and patches. About 9:15pm, we start the final fill sequence. Even though we are feet away from the pool area, a pool fill reveals a lot of loose things you thought you have tightened. So after about two hours of filling, we have about 12" of depth, and we shut down for the evening.
Monday morning at 7:00am the water is un-leashed again. and 18" come’s after about 2 hours. A few stops and observations, and we continue to fill. About 6:00pm, we have reach mear inches from the 36" level that we have deemed the max fill. Only 2 more inches and the natural frame/vinyl/support system will drain excess away. After we retrieve the pool cover from storage, we batten down the edges with tarp clamps, and call it a night. no rain on the horizon yet.
Tuesday Morning calls for another item to be attached, and the pump/filtration unit is installed, and all 6 leaks are finally resolved. If you have problems with unsolvable drips, try about 6 good overlapping half passes of the medium strength (pink) Teflon tape, even on slip on connections. It seems to have been the cure for my system anyway. Next we hookup the lonely heating mat. a 40sq,ft. single unit, now separated from it’s previous twin. Too many holes to make the old one worthwhile, so have a new set (x2) of 2’x20’ mats for total of 80 sq. ft. absorption area. So one mat will have to do until later this week or next. So the remainder of the day is relaxing, and hoping the single heating unit will help to raise the pool temp a little at a time.
Wednesday morning is reserved, so in the afternoon, the old Salt system is checked out, and installed, and mounted in the near area of the pool next to the valves, and waterproof electrical system. One Cell seemed to have a bit of calcium build up from last years final days of use. So treatment to No.2 cell and a time soak. Couple hours later it is flushed, and examined. No further signs of build up. This one goes on the shelf as a spare, or until the build up requires one to be taken out of service, and instantly replaced with the spare.
The filter has been running, and all other items are installed. It’s raised the temperature on the pool about 6 degrees, and the weather is supposed to reach 27 -32C over the next few days. Rain for Sunday possible. So hopefully we will see another sizeable jump in the pool temp.