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(Connecticut News Blogs)   Freezing temperatures? What better time to drain your pool.... onto the curvy, hill street. (With photos of predictable results)   (blog.ctnews.com) divider line 133
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2014-01-10 03:21:24 PM  
The city also a salt truck to the area.

Because of accidentally.
 
2014-01-10 03:21:38 PM  
Just my opinion, but if I owned a pool up north, I'd have a pool heater, so no reason to drain it. I live outside Houston and have a heater.
 
2014-01-10 03:31:12 PM  
Chrissy, what a dumbass
 
2014-01-10 03:31:37 PM  
blog.ctnews.com

Bueller?
 
2014-01-10 03:32:49 PM  

simplicimus: Just my opinion, but if I owned a pool up north, I'd have a pool heater, so no reason to drain it. I live outside Houston and have a heater.


My Neighbors don't have a heater.. (I live in South Jersey).. They drain the pool below the skimmer and water jet line and throw a cover over it..
 
2014-01-10 03:32:51 PM  
City caught me slippin'?
 
2014-01-10 03:33:22 PM  
I did that once at the enterance of my Highschool years ago Im sure Id be a domestic turrist if I done it now.
 
2014-01-10 03:34:11 PM  
When it's starting to freeze is the wrong time to empty an in-ground pool.  As the frost enters the ground and puts pressure on the pool sidewalls they'll crack and collapse into the pool.

That said, what kind of dumbass drains a pool into the street.
 
2014-01-10 03:34:28 PM  

styckx: simplicimus: Just my opinion, but if I owned a pool up north, I'd have a pool heater, so no reason to drain it. I live outside Houston and have a heater.

My Neighbors don't have a heater.. (I live in South Jersey).. They drain the pool below the skimmer and water jet line and throw a cover over it..


That's what my parents did when they had a pool in Illinois.
 
2014-01-10 03:35:27 PM  
That employee should have stopped, collaborated and listened.
 
2014-01-10 03:35:40 PM  
i42.tinypic.com
 
2014-01-10 03:37:32 PM  
FTFA Then a 2012 Nissan Rogue being driven downhill struck the Liberty and collided with the city salt truck, which was coming up the hill.

Sliding into the salt truck. Now THAT's irony.
 
2014-01-10 03:37:43 PM  

styckx: simplicimus: Just my opinion, but if I owned a pool up north, I'd have a pool heater, so no reason to drain it. I live outside Houston and have a heater.

My Neighbors don't have a heater.. (I live in South Jersey).. They drain the pool below the skimmer and water jet line and throw a cover over it..


Same thing here in Southern Ontario. My neighbour has a heater and does the same thing.
 
2014-01-10 03:37:49 PM  
Waste of ice. Could have made a back yard ice skating ring that would have lasted days with that water.
 
2014-01-10 03:38:22 PM  

Mr. Eugenides: When it's starting to freeze is the wrong time to empty an in-ground pool.  As the frost enters the ground and puts pressure on the pool sidewalls they'll crack and collapse into the pool.

That said, what kind of dumbass drains a pool into the street.


The kind that should be facing a hanging for negligence resulting in property damage and injury
 
2014-01-10 03:38:32 PM  

Mr. Eugenides: When it's starting to freeze is the wrong time to empty an in-ground pool.  As the frost enters the ground and puts pressure on the pool sidewalls they'll crack and collapse into the pool.

That said, what kind of dumbass drains a pool into the street.


I'm going to go out on a limb and say a minimum wage earning (if that) pool company employee with a GED, moderate alcoholism, and a drug habit?
 
2014-01-10 03:39:23 PM  
"Officers believe the water traveled down Flax Hill road, covering the road in ice and pooling at a low point in the road at the intersection with Primrose Court."

oi42.tinypic.com
 
2014-01-10 03:39:33 PM  
They should also arrest the owner of the pool.
 
2014-01-10 03:39:57 PM  
That was one of the most poorly written articles I have read in the last three minutes.  Possibly in the top seven.
 
2014-01-10 03:40:44 PM  

Mr. Eugenides: When it's starting to freeze is the wrong time to empty an in-ground pool.  As the frost enters the ground and puts pressure on the pool sidewalls they'll crack and collapse into the pool.

That said, what kind of dumbass drains a pool into the street.


I bet he makes tons of money and is really knowledgeable at his job. This was just a mistake.
 
2014-01-10 03:41:25 PM  

styckx: My Neighbors don't have a heater.. (I live in South Jersey).. They drain the pool below the skimmer and water jet line and throw a cover over it..


I've never had a pool, and I live in a warm climate. Can you explain that to me? Why do you have to drain it down some? Is it so that there's no water to freeze in the pipes going to and from the filter? And is there no problem with the water remaining in the pool freezing? And what's the purpose of the cover...just to keep debris/snow out of the pool, or does it serve some other purpose?
 
2014-01-10 03:42:03 PM  

simplicimus: Just my opinion, but if I owned a pool up north, I'd have a pool heater, so no reason to drain it. I live outside Houston and have a heater.


my first season as a pool owner & we were below freezing for 2 weeks - just kept the pump running & a lamp in the pump house to keep things from icing up

draining it seems like a bad idea as you'd never get all the water out and what's left is just going to freeze anyway.

can't wait for summer
 
2014-01-10 03:42:25 PM  
I knew a guy that drove one of those chemical trucks that sprays residential lawns. He would fill his truck up in the morning and then find a drainage ditch and empty his truck and spend the rest of the day getting stoned. Obviously he was caught and sent to prison.
 
2014-01-10 03:43:07 PM  
My neighbor spring a leak in his sprinkler system that is draining into the street.  On the week that temperatures dropped to record lows in Birmingham.

And of course we live on a hill.

And of course I'm up hill from him.
 
2014-01-10 03:43:16 PM  
More importantly, what confused nationality is Alfredo Bahena-Benitez? That's like 3 cultures worth of naming right there...
 
2014-01-10 03:43:57 PM  
Two Subarus and a jeep? Was there a meeting of the Sisters of Sappho at the bottom of the hill or something?
 
2014-01-10 03:45:12 PM  
You say his name is Alfredo Bahena-Benitez ?
yeah thats brown enough for me - Arrest him....

www.reocities.com
 
2014-01-10 03:45:42 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: styckx: My Neighbors don't have a heater.. (I live in South Jersey).. They drain the pool below the skimmer and water jet line and throw a cover over it..

I've never had a pool, and I live in a warm climate. Can you explain that to me? Why do you have to drain it down some? Is it so that there's no water to freeze in the pipes going to and from the filter? And is there no problem with the water remaining in the pool freezing? And what's the purpose of the cover...just to keep debris/snow out of the pool, or does it serve some other purpose?


safety
 
2014-01-10 03:46:22 PM  
We had a case a few years back, where the driver of a tanker filled with liquid latex dumped the lot down a drain (which drained directly into a local stream).
Killed everything downstream. Bastard.
Yes, they got him, but unfortunately there's no death penalty in CT.
 
2014-01-10 03:47:31 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: styckx: My Neighbors don't have a heater.. (I live in South Jersey).. They drain the pool below the skimmer and water jet line and throw a cover over it..

I've never had a pool, and I live in a warm climate. Can you explain that to me? Why do you have to drain it down some? Is it so that there's no water to freeze in the pipes going to and from the filter? And is there no problem with the water remaining in the pool freezing? And what's the purpose of the cover...just to keep debris/snow out of the pool, or does it serve some other purpose?


Yes, no, yes.
 
2014-01-10 03:47:32 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: styckx: My Neighbors don't have a heater.. (I live in South Jersey).. They drain the pool below the skimmer and water jet line and throw a cover over it..

I've never had a pool, and I live in a warm climate. Can you explain that to me? Why do you have to drain it down some? Is it so that there's no water to freeze in the pipes going to and from the filter? And is there no problem with the water remaining in the pool freezing? And what's the purpose of the cover...just to keep debris/snow out of the pool, or does it serve some other purpose?


Generally there are no issues.  Often times you'll find people putting empty plastic bottles into the pool once it's drained below the skimmer.  This takes the pressure off the liner from the ice when the water freezes.   The cover keeps out leaves, debris and skaters as well as helping reduce additional water which would bring levels up to where it would get into the pipes.

Keeping the water heated would cost far too much money for a pool you could not use.  Unless you wanted to heat it to the point where it was usable, but that would just be foolish.
 
2014-01-10 03:50:07 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: The city also a salt truck to the area.

Because of accidentally.


The icy covering the road was so widespread that even the police had trouble getting close to the scene

I'm going to be kind and assume English is not the author's or editor's first language.

As to the subject if the article, all the drivers identified were female. That is a more likely cause than the man draining his pool.
 
2014-01-10 03:50:17 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: The city also a salt truck to the area.

Because of accidentally.


The whole thing.
 
2014-01-10 03:51:04 PM  
Some men just want to watch the whole world....freeze?
 
2014-01-10 03:51:21 PM  
If there had been video of the scene the only logical soundtrack would have been yakity sax.
 
2014-01-10 03:51:38 PM  
Fantastic Voyage by POOLIO:

Come on y'all let's take a ride 
don't you say shiat just get inside 
It's time to take your ass on another kind of trip 
cause you can't have the hop if you don't have the slip
 
2014-01-10 03:52:41 PM  

MerelyFoolish: And of course I'm up hill from him.


Could be worse. You could have been down the hill from him. That's where all the cars end up.
 
2014-01-10 03:52:53 PM  

Tyrosine: styckx: simplicimus: Just my opinion, but if I owned a pool up north, I'd have a pool heater, so no reason to drain it. I live outside Houston and have a heater.

My Neighbors don't have a heater.. (I live in South Jersey).. They drain the pool below the skimmer and water jet line and throw a cover over it..

Same thing here in Southern Ontario. My neighbour has a heater and does the same thing.


Heating a full-size pool ain't cheap. Most people don't bother with heaters unless they're well-off.
 
2014-01-10 03:53:23 PM  
love how they identify the sex of all three accident instigators.
 
2014-01-10 03:55:50 PM  
Looks like my friggin' driveway now.
 
2014-01-10 03:56:36 PM  
Whoever wrote that article should be charged with three counts of reckless journalism.
 
2014-01-10 03:57:14 PM  

theorellior: MerelyFoolish: And of course I'm up hill from him.

Could be worse. You could have been down the hill from him. That's where all the cars end up.


That's not "worse". That's "better" because, you know...free cars.
 
2014-01-10 03:57:14 PM  
Um, the pool owner didn't drain it, it was done by...ah, never mind.  Keep farking.
 
2014-01-10 03:57:23 PM  
Snowstorm + snowstorm + ice storm + rain storm + ice storm + snowstorm = slippery as fark. Who knew?!?
 
2014-01-10 03:58:17 PM  
My uphill neighbor built a huge ice rink in his back yard a few years ago. Which was fine until it melted and he made no attempt to drain it anywhere but right there. Flooded my basement. Jerk.
 
2014-01-10 03:58:34 PM  
The icy covering the road

I think we all know who to blame for this...

www.myicee.com
 
2014-01-10 03:58:54 PM  
What a farging ice hole!
 
2014-01-10 03:58:58 PM  

Skyfrog: [blog.ctnews.com image 344x360]

Bueller?


Well, how else was he gonna get Cameron out from the the bottom?!
 
2014-01-10 03:59:04 PM  

Odd Bird: Um, the pool owner didn't drain it, it was done by...ah, never mind.  Keep farking.


Teh chicken?
 
2014-01-10 04:03:01 PM  

styckx: simplicimus: Just my opinion, but if I owned a pool up north, I'd have a pool heater, so no reason to drain it. I live outside Houston and have a heater.

My Neighbors don't have a heater.. (I live in South Jersey).. They drain the pool below the skimmer and water jet line and throw a cover over it..


I grew up in North Jersey with a pool.  We did the same thing.  In October/November.  Not in January during record cold temperatures.

/dumbass
 
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