October 18, 2005

 end of summer


pinky posted her 'summer's over' photo so i thought i whould post mine: draining the pool.

when ray and i first set about this task a few days ago the water temperature was 66 degrees. i've been in the pool when the water temp has been 76 degrees, and THAT is far too cold, so i have no qualms about saying adios, chilly liquid!

the trick, of course, was trying to figure out what to do with the 4,000 gallons of chilly liquid. a hose wouldn't securely attach to the drain plug (drat!) so after much consideration we decided to siphon.

well, ray decided to siphon. being a girl, i can still manage to get myself out of icky jobs now and then.

after some experimentation we decided that attaching the siphon hose to a sprinkler would do a decent job of disseminating the water in the least destructive way. (i had nightmares of letting the water just run out of the hose in one spot, creating a giant sinkhole in my back yard.)

we've been at this for a couple of days and so far so good. we move the sprinklers around every few hours (brr!) and i don't think we're doing any major harm to the property. yet. but we're not even a third of the way done.

Posted by xta at October 18, 2005 02:55 PM | TrackBack

can you run a hose to one of those funky drainspout thingys you have around your house? it might just run out to the street that way, but it might be faster... plus, then you get to see where the drainspout thingy goes!

Posted by: robdob at October 18, 2005 05:15 PM

What a sad little photo. Goodbye summer. goodbye pool.

Posted by: Becky at October 18, 2005 05:37 PM

Sadness. :(

Posted by: lainey at October 18, 2005 05:45 PM


anything but gasoline.
I shityounot.

Posted by: blackbird at October 18, 2005 05:56 PM

i'm not entirely convinced of the efficacy of the drainspout thingys. also, if the water did successfully make it to the street there is no good drain in the curb to catch it. i would be basically flooding the neighbors at the end of the street, who live at a significantly lower elevation than i do. (but believe me, i did consider this option seriously.)

you are insane.

Posted by: christa at October 18, 2005 06:55 PM
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