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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
 
2014-01-10 04:03:53 PM
Jezuz, that article was full of sentences that "accidentally the whole thing".  Yet, that editor has a job.

/I hate this world
 
2014-01-10 04:05:22 PM

BalugaJoe: They should also arrest the owner of the pool.


And everyone that drove past and didn't stop the idiot from draining the pool into the street.
 
2014-01-10 04:05:35 PM

mottsnil: Whoever wrote that article should be charged with three counts of reckless journalism.


You should ask for your money back.
 
2014-01-10 04:05:36 PM
You think this is bad?

We had some crew of geniuses dig out from around a water main and leave it overnight to freeze and rupture causing an 80' geyser in 14 degree temps.

It took 8 hours for them to get a backhoe in to cover the jet, and by that time... well...

http://www.11alive.com/news/article/318127/40/Water-main-break-shuts -d own-Tilly-Mill-Road
 
2014-01-10 04:06:07 PM

blatz514: Odd Bird: Um, the pool owner didn't drain it, it was done by...ah, never mind.  Keep farking.

Teh chicken?


I'm too busy to judge

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-01-10 04:06:29 PM
It is a dangerous and slippery slope we stand upon when we start allowing the draining our pools on a cold day.  A slippery slope indeed...
 
2014-01-10 04:07:06 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.


What kind of dumbass has a swimming pool in Connecticut, where you can use it what, maybe a couple of weeks a year?

/couple of miles from my cousin's place. Probably the biggest news in Norwalk since Andy Rooney died
 
2014-01-10 04:08:04 PM
If stupid were a crime, this guy would get the death penalty
 
2014-01-10 04:09:54 PM
Rogue being driven downhill struck the Liberty

Some superheroes should take driving lessons..
 
2014-01-10 04:09:57 PM

I_Am_Weasel: 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.


What if you wanted to use it as a giant heated pool for all the neighborhood cougars.

Leave out a couple bottles of wine and a basket above them and you can probably snare a couple.
 
2014-01-10 04:12:00 PM

marcokrizic.files.wordpress.com

You Fargin' Bastidge, What an Icehole!

 
2014-01-10 04:13:01 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?


If there's water in the lines when it freezes it expands and cracks the lines. To avoid this you drain down below the jets and use an air compressor hooked up to the pump to blow the lines clear. Once they are clear you cap the jets and the skimmer and drain the filter (if you're a real trooper you can take the filter inside). Residual water in the pool will freeze, but your lines are safe.


With liner pools the sidewalls are flexible to expand a bit when they freeze. I don't know about concrete pools, but I believe they are strong enough to withstand the expansion or they put something in the pool like a gizmo to absorb the expansion.

The cover keeps leaves and debris out of the remaining water so you don't need to replace it in the spring. A safety cover also protects you from people / things falling in.
 
2014-01-10 04:13:41 PM
when subaru's are spinning out, you know it is icy.
 
2014-01-10 04:13:59 PM

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

Bueller?



i44.tinypic.com
 
2014-01-10 04:15:17 PM
Is TFA a news story, or a car commercial for the local dealership?
 
2014-01-10 04:16:26 PM

ZeroCorpse: Heating a full-size pool ain't cheap. Most people don't bother with heaters unless they're well-off.


Tell me about it. I've seen my neighbour's gas bill.
 
2014-01-10 04:17:24 PM
Arrested?
 
2014-01-10 04:17:54 PM

Cubs300: Jezuz, that article was full of sentences that "accidentally the whole thing".  Yet, that editor has a job.

/I hate this world


It's technically a blog connected to Fairfield's newspaper, so they paid for the work they got.  Just like the homeowner, if I understood that sixth grade attempt at writing correctly.  (Seriously, I know it's Norwalk, where smug lives, but how stupid do you have to be to do something about your pool in the dead of January??)
 
2014-01-10 04:17:57 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?


you drain the pool below the skimmers and jets and then blow all water out of your lines and cap them.  You may also choose to add anti-freeze into the lines - this prevents any water within the system from freezing and expanding and then bursting/breaking anything - most of the water lines are underground and under concrete - you don't want to even take a chance at having to dig those up and replace them and then put more concrete down.
The water inside the pool and below the skimmers and jets will freeze but doesn't tend to damage anything - even if you have a vinyl liner.

The cover is for safety but also keeps debris out - and leaves that fall in October.

And with that said, if you don't have your pool closed by the end of September up here, you're probably digging out tons of wet leaves and then spending a few weeks opening your pool the next year just vacuuming out the decomposed leave debris.
 
2014-01-10 04:17:58 PM
I've always thought of pools like I think of boats: Seem like fun in theory, incredible pain in the ass in practice.
 
2014-01-10 04:20:16 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.


Do you know how much that would cost in a new england winter? Thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars!
 
2014-01-10 04:20:37 PM

sigdiamond2000: I've always thought of pools like I think of boats: Seem like fun in theory, incredible pain in the ass in practice.


Which is why I'm taking mine out in the spring. It takes up 2/3 of my yard, costs hundreds of dollars to operate, and we use it 1/4 of the year.
 
2014-01-10 04:21:08 PM

Tyrosine: I don't know about concrete pools, but I believe they are strong enough to withstand the expansion


The force the ice would exert on the sidewalls would be in the tens of thousands of PSI. Concrete walls can't contain that.
 
2014-01-10 04:21:13 PM

Stoj: The icy covering the road

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

[www.myicee.com image 161x300]


Joke if you want, but an Icy is damn powerful:

magiccards.info
 
2014-01-10 04:22:20 PM

Seige101: 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.

Do you know how much that would cost in a new england winter? Thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars!


You just have to keep the water above freezing or slightly below and run the pump.
 
2014-01-10 04:22:24 PM

sigdiamond2000: I've always thought of pools like I think of boats: Seem like fun in theory, incredible pain in the ass in practice.


this is 100% true.  With boats the saying is that buying it is the 2nd best day of your life;  The best day of your life is when you sell it.
With pools, every year you question whether or not you want to keep it or just fill it in with dirt - then you question whether or not you want to be in it while it's being filled in.
 
2014-01-10 04:22:44 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.


It would cost hundreds of dollars in gas to heat a pool that you couldn't use due to the biting air temperature. That said, I know a lot of people around here (NW Indiana & south suburban Chicago) with pools, and not a single one drains the pool for the winter. You just through an intertube or inflatable on top of the water, and then put a tarp or cover over it.

/My parents have a heater on their pool, and try to keep it open at least until after Labor Day. They've made it to October once, but no one wants to do the final clean when it's that cold.
 
2014-01-10 04:23:23 PM

Chagrin: Tyrosine: I don't know about concrete pools, but I believe they are strong enough to withstand the expansion

The force the ice would exert on the sidewalls would be in the tens of thousands of PSI. Concrete walls can't contain that.


I don't really know what concrete pool owners do. There's a community pool near me that's concrete and they don't drain it (even if they did it would be full again by December).
 
2014-01-10 04:23:54 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 we do in PA, it won't burst or anything since the expanding ice has room.
 
2014-01-10 04:24:04 PM
I don't see cables being fixed on the photos. Subby, you lied.
 
2014-01-10 04:24:35 PM
I really don't see the need to arrest the guy.  He's out of a job and his company is out the costs.  I'm pretty sure the lesson is learned here and everyone will be compensated for their losses.
 
2014-01-10 04:25:03 PM
To be fair Christie's fired staffers did have some time on their hands and got around to some chores they didn't have time for before, given the long commute to Trenton.
 
2014-01-10 04:26:44 PM
This reminds me of field of dreams, only instead of baseball the sport is Red Bull Crashed Ice.

/"Flood it, and they will come"
 
2014-01-10 04:27:00 PM

Nana's Vibrator: sigdiamond2000: I've always thought of pools like I think of boats: Seem like fun in theory, incredible pain in the ass in practice.

this is 100% true.  With boats the saying is that buying it is the 2nd best day of your life;  The best day of your life is when you sell it.
With pools, every year you question whether or not you want to keep it or just fill it in with dirt - then you question whether or not you want to be in it while it's being filled in.


A swimming pool is a hole in the ground you throw money into.

A boat is a hole in the water you throw money into.

A hot-air balloon is a hole in the sky you throw money into.
 
2014-01-10 04:28:44 PM

traylor: I don't see cables being fixed on the photos. Subby, you lied.


LOL, wut?

/subby
 
2014-01-10 04:34:08 PM
Governor Christie denies any knowledge of these traffic accidents.
 
2014-01-10 04:36:20 PM

MBooda: Nana's Vibrator: sigdiamond2000: I've always thought of pools like I think of boats: Seem like fun in theory, incredible pain in the ass in practice.

this is 100% true.  With boats the saying is that buying it is the 2nd best day of your life;  The best day of your life is when you sell it.
With pools, every year you question whether or not you want to keep it or just fill it in with dirt - then you question whether or not you want to be in it while it's being filled in.

A swimming pool is a hole in the ground you throw money into.

A boat is a hole in the water you throw money into.

A hot-air balloon is a hole in the sky you throw money into.


"If it floats, flies or farks it is cheaper to rent."
 
2014-01-10 04:37:24 PM

Nana's Vibrator: sigdiamond2000: I've always thought of pools like I think of boats: Seem like fun in theory, incredible pain in the ass in practice.

this is 100% true.  With boats the saying is that buying it is the 2nd best day of your life;  The best day of your life is when you sell it.
With pools, every year you question whether or not you want to keep it or just fill it in with dirt - then you question whether or not you want to be in it while it's being filled in.


Sounds exactly like hot tubs and fireplaces. Only way I'd have any of those things is if I could afford servants to maintain them for me.
 
2014-01-10 04:38:00 PM

MBooda: Nana's Vibrator: sigdiamond2000: I've always thought of pools like I think of boats: Seem like fun in theory, incredible pain in the ass in practice.

this is 100% true.  With boats the saying is that buying it is the 2nd best day of your life;  The best day of your life is when you sell it.
With pools, every year you question whether or not you want to keep it or just fill it in with dirt - then you question whether or not you want to be in it while it's being filled in.

A swimming pool is a hole in the ground you throw money into.

A boat is a hole in the water you throw money into.

A hot-air balloon is a hole in the sky you throw money into.


A house is a hole in the yard you throw money into.
 
2014-01-10 04:40:23 PM

jst3p: "If it floats, flies or farks it is cheaper to rent."


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2014-01-10 04:42:07 PM

Tyrosine: sigdiamond2000: I've always thought of pools like I think of boats: Seem like fun in theory, incredible pain in the ass in practice.
Which is why I'm taking mine out in the spring. It takes up 2/3 of my yard, costs hundreds of dollars to operate, and we use it 1/4 of the year.


When I was in richy-rich Scottsdale, I saw a house with what looked like a hot tub out back. But it must have been a regular pool, because it was a hot day and there were people in it. That seems like the way to go--just a little pool to jump in on a hot day and look out at the sky. And those people could have afforded a big pool.

Hot tubs I don't get at all, even though I live where it's cold. I get too hot in five minutes, I need to get out. And then you're not even clean. You go inside and have to wash the chlorine off.
 
2014-01-10 04:43:28 PM

Somaticasual: More importantly, what confused nationality is Alfredo Bahena-Benitez? That's like 3 cultures worth of naming right there...


Huh?

Alfredo Bahena-Benitez

All Hispanic...
 
2014-01-10 04:43:29 PM

Slaves2Darkness: Sounds exactly like hot tubs and fireplaces.


Really? I have mine cleaned once a year for $100. After that it's the cost of the wood, and thanks to the emerald ash-borer beetle, I've got a steady supply of that for free (all I have to do is split it and let it dry for a season or two.
 
2014-01-10 04:44:13 PM

Slaves2Darkness: A house is a hole in the yard you throw money into.


It is not. It's a roof over your head that you throw money into. Which reminds me, I need a new roof.
 
2014-01-10 04:46:10 PM
i.imgur.com
What Icy curves may look like...
 
2014-01-10 04:51:03 PM

Chagrin: BalugaJoe: They should also arrest the owner of the pool.

And everyone that drove past and didn't stop the idiot from draining the pool into the street.


And the people who heard he had a pool to begin with.
 
2014-01-10 04:51:04 PM
We live in a very multicultural area.  For some reason the south asians and asians (not sure if that is pq but it's what they like to be called) always "wash" the snow off their driveways with water.  They also seem to think that a 4 wheel drive is effective in Vancouver when it's black ice season.  I don't blame them, it could be a high of 10 and drop to zero in a day and well, black ice is black ice - no one explains these things.  It doesn't look like winter but it acts like winter.
 
2014-01-10 04:51:06 PM

cryinoutloud: Tyrosine: sigdiamond2000: I've always thought of pools like I think of boats: Seem like fun in theory, incredible pain in the ass in practice.
Which is why I'm taking mine out in the spring. It takes up 2/3 of my yard, costs hundreds of dollars to operate, and we use it 1/4 of the year.

When I was in richy-rich Scottsdale, I saw a house with what looked like a hot tub out back. But it must have been a regular pool, because it was a hot day and there were people in it. That seems like the way to go--just a little pool to jump in on a hot day and look out at the sky. And those people could have afforded a big pool.

Hot tubs I don't get at all, even though I live where it's cold. I get too hot in five minutes, I need to get out. And then you're not even clean. You go inside and have to wash the chlorine off.


There's an awesome community pool right around the corner and family membership is $350 for the season, which is about 1/10 of what it will cost me to open, maintain, and close not to mention my time to clean and maintain it.

I know a lot of people with hot tubs and they are farking expensive to heat and maintain.
 
2014-01-10 04:52:37 PM

Chagrin: Tyrosine: I don't know about concrete pools, but I believe they are strong enough to withstand the expansion

The force the ice would exert on the sidewalls would be in the tens of thousands of PSI. Concrete walls can't contain that.


They don't have to.  Natural forces always travel along the path of least resistance.  The ice will do most of its expanding in an upward direction, where there's nothing impeding it.  Same thing happens in ice cube trays.
 
2014-01-10 04:56:04 PM
Alfredo Bahena-Benitez

His name makes me hungry.
 
2014-01-10 05:00:41 PM

iron de havilland: Somaticasual: More importantly, what confused nationality is Alfredo Bahena-Benitez? That's like 3 cultures worth of naming right there...

Huh?

Alfredo Bahena-Benitez

All Hispanic...


Bahena even? At first glance, it looks like italian islander-hispanic
 
2014-01-10 05:01:10 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..


Yep, my cousin does this... The only downside is that snow piles on top, causing it to sag in the middle... Their test solution this year was to leave some of the pool floats in the pool to prop it up. Actually seems to be working.

As for the road? Meh, we see that every week or two here in the winter(If it's a productive winter), and Salt Lake has a lot of hills, so it's always a lot of fun... Seriously, they aren't doing jack shiat the last 2 years to pre-salt the roads or anything. The trend is to sit around, let 3 or 4 inches of snow build up and rush hour to start before the plows are even working on the interstate, then there are the major arterial roads, and no luck at all with the normal city streets...
 
2014-01-10 05:10:03 PM

Bio-nic: [i.imgur.com image 600x867]
What Icy curves may look like...


I wonder if hers glow in the dark too? With her...I wouldn't mind finding out.
 
2014-01-10 05:14:11 PM

Somaticasual: iron de havilland: Somaticasual: More importantly, what confused nationality is Alfredo Bahena-Benitez? That's like 3 cultures worth of naming right there...

Huh?

Alfredo Bahena-Benitez

All Hispanic...

Bahena even? At first glance, it looks like italian islander-hispanic


It's either Irish - similar to Behan, or Spanish - from Baena in the province of Córdoba.
 
2014-01-10 05:15:13 PM

Tyrosine: ZeroCorpse: Heating a full-size pool ain't cheap. Most people don't bother with heaters unless they're well-off.

Tell me about it. I've seen my neighbour's gas bill.



Going through someone else's mail is a Federal offense...
 
2014-01-10 05:25:25 PM

iron de havilland: Somaticasual: iron de havilland: Somaticasual: More importantly, what confused nationality is Alfredo Bahena-Benitez? That's like 3 cultures worth of naming right there...

Huh?

Alfredo Bahena-Benitez

All Hispanic...

Bahena even? At first glance, it looks like italian islander-hispanic

It's either Irish - similar to Behan, or Spanish - from Baena in the province of Córdoba.


That is disturbingly well informed for fark :) But I stand corrected - fair enough
 
2014-01-10 05:29:33 PM
The arrested employee will probably be found innocent.  Looking at the map, and many of the pools in the area, none of those people can drain anywhere but the street, unless they want to get lawsuits from their neighbors.  The pool company knew this when they sent Bueller to do the job in freezing temperatures.
 
2014-01-10 05:53:44 PM
CSB

As a kid I used to live on a big hill, Top-O-Hill Rd actually, and a few times during the winter I would, at midnight or so on a really cold night crack open the fire hydrant at the top. The water flowed down the side of the road against the curb and would freeze in a 2-3 foot wide path. The fire dept would get a call and shut it down eventually, but the damage was done. The next day all the kids in the neighborhood broke out their runner sleds (flexible flyers) and had a blast. Probably hit 25 mph, that close to the ground (laying down, head first) was Fast!, Best sledding Ever!

the link above shows the hydrant, and is looking down the hill, it's a long hill, bout a half mile or so

we used to try and make the hard left near the bottom, mostly flew over the plowed snow and crashed in the lawn beyond

/I sound old
//good old days and all
///miss them sometimes
 
2014-01-10 06:00:06 PM
 
2014-01-10 06:29:03 PM

WelldeadLink: Rogue being driven downhill struck the Liberty

Some superheroes should take driving lessons..


I should be able to fap to this.
 
2014-01-10 06:30:09 PM
Nothing a little assaulting won't fix.

/The home owner, not the ice.
 
2014-01-10 06:32:51 PM

Tyrosine: ZeroCorpse: Heating a full-size pool ain't cheap. Most people don't bother with heaters unless they're well-off.

Tell me about it. I've seen my neighbour's gas bill.


The electric/gas ones are expensive.  Those solar ones work pretty well to get a few more weeks out of the season:

img30.imageshack.us

And you just daisy chain more of them together if you need more heating.
 
2014-01-10 06:43:08 PM

Tyrosine: The cover keeps leaves and debris out of the remaining water so you don't need to replace it in the spring.


Hell yes. We used to have a half-in-ground 20'x40' that we'd partly drain at the end of each season. No cover (but locked fence/gate) and each spring it was a filthy, smelly job to pump out the remaining water and lug buckets of slimy, half-decayed leaves from the (8') deep end.

At least we had a decent place to pump it in the Fall: woods leading down to a pond. In the Spring we needed to use a sump pump in a wire cage due to the leaves, run out to the same place (filter backwash line)
 
2014-01-10 06:44:16 PM

Belias: That was one of the most poorly written articles I have read in the last three minutes.  Possibly in the top seven.


I particularly like that the writer actually included a "(sic)" notation at one point.
 
2014-01-10 06:48:14 PM

Narcischizm: The arrested employee will probably be found innocent.  Looking at the map, and many of the pools in the area, none of those people can drain anywhere but the street, unless they want to get lawsuits from their neighbors.  The pool company knew this when they sent Bueller to do the job in freezing temperatures.


They don't have indoor plumbing (including sewer lines) but can afford pools?
 
2014-01-10 07:00:58 PM

petec: link fail

https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!data=!1m8!1m3!1d3!2d-73.855563! 3 d 41.615597!2m2!1f326.59!2f63.56!4f75!2m9!1e1!2m4!1s-oWh96mzJXIKERCu6msH CQ!2e0!9m1!6sTop+O+Hill+Road!5m2!1s-oWh96mzJXIKERCu6msHCQ!2e0&fid=5


Ah, nice. A traffic cone in a garbage toter.
 
2014-01-10 07:04:38 PM

AndreMA: Narcischizm: The arrested employee will probably be found innocent.  Looking at the map, and many of the pools in the area, none of those people can drain anywhere but the street, unless they want to get lawsuits from their neighbors.  The pool company knew this when they sent Bueller to do the job in freezing temperatures.

They don't have indoor plumbing (including sewer lines) but can afford pools?


I was going to ask that question. My pool drains into the sewer.
 
2014-01-10 07:30:35 PM

sigdiamond2000: I've always thought of pools like I think of boats: Seem like fun in theory, incredible pain in the ass in practice.


I have both and yes sir, you are correct.

/inherited them,
//live in CA
 
2014-01-10 07:37:56 PM

simplicimus: AndreMA: Narcischizm: The arrested employee will probably be found innocent.  Looking at the map, and many of the pools in the area, none of those people can drain anywhere but the street, unless they want to get lawsuits from their neighbors.  The pool company knew this when they sent Bueller to do the job in freezing temperatures.

They don't have indoor plumbing (including sewer lines) but can afford pools?

I was going to ask that question. My pool drains into the sewer.


Storm sewer, not sanitary.  It's generally illegal to drain a pool into the sanitary sewer.
 
2014-01-10 07:43:03 PM

Mr. Eugenides: Storm sewer, not sanitary. It's generally illegal to drain a pool into the sanitary sewer.


Very true... but you're a lot less likely to get caught pumping into the sanitary sewer than if you convert a road into a skating rink and cause accidents. If the street in question here has storm drains, the pool service guy was even a bigger dumbass than we've been assuming...
 
HKW
2014-01-10 07:49:26 PM
No accident, the owner of that did that in purpose. U know, becayse it would be funny.
 
2014-01-10 07:52:19 PM

HKW: No accident, the owner of that did that in purpose. U know, becayse it would be funny.


Did they have Yakity Sax playing on a loop outside the house?
 
2014-01-10 07:57:15 PM

Mr. Eugenides: simplicimus: AndreMA: Narcischizm: The arrested employee will probably be found innocent.  Looking at the map, and many of the pools in the area, none of those people can drain anywhere but the street, unless they want to get lawsuits from their neighbors.  The pool company knew this when they sent Bueller to do the job in freezing temperatures.

They don't have indoor plumbing (including sewer lines) but can afford pools?

I was going to ask that question. My pool drains into the sewer.

Storm sewer, not sanitary.  It's generally illegal to drain a pool into the sanitary sewer.


Why? The water is already chlorinated.
 
2014-01-10 08:12:14 PM

simplicimus: Mr. Eugenides: simplicimus: AndreMA: Narcischizm: The arrested employee will probably be found innocent.  Looking at the map, and many of the pools in the area, none of those people can drain anywhere but the street, unless they want to get lawsuits from their neighbors.  The pool company knew this when they sent Bueller to do the job in freezing temperatures.

They don't have indoor plumbing (including sewer lines) but can afford pools?

I was going to ask that question. My pool drains into the sewer.

Storm sewer, not sanitary.  It's generally illegal to drain a pool into the sanitary sewer.

Why? The water is already chlorinated.


Because treatment costs are per gallon of water treated and running 10,000 gallons of water clean enough for the storm sewers is a waste of money.
 
2014-01-10 09:03:14 PM

Bio-nic: [i.imgur.com image 600x867]
What Icy curves may look like...


Get out of my head... or pay rent.
 
2014-01-10 10:10:59 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.


Dad drains his pool down the street .All 25 Thousand gallons .

/Lives is in Arizona
 
2014-01-10 10:35:19 PM

Mr. Eugenides: Because treatment costs are per gallon of water treated and running 10,000 gallons of water clean enough for the storm sewers is a waste of money.


Storm water is generally not treated. Where I live you are permitted to drain your pool into the storm sewer providing you have let the pool sit with no addition of chemicals for one week.
 
2014-01-10 10:48:23 PM

Tyrosine: Storm water is generally not treated. Where I live you are permitted to drain your pool into the storm sewer providing you have let the pool sit with no addition of chemicals for one week.


You appear to live in a place with a sane local government.
 
2014-01-10 11:45:04 PM

Tyrosine: Mr. Eugenides: Because treatment costs are per gallon of water treated and running 10,000 gallons of water clean enough for the storm sewers is a waste of money.

Storm water is generally not treated. Where I live you are permitted to drain your pool into the storm sewer providing you have let the pool sit with no addition of chemicals for one week.


If you read what I wrote, then you see that's exactly what I said.
 
2014-01-11 07:58:49 AM

sigdiamond2000: I've always thought of pools like I think of boats: Seem like fun in theory, incredible pain in the ass in practice.


Mhm. That's why God made friends-with-boats and friends-with-pools. (also saunas, beach homes, basement rec rooms, hot alcoholic moms, etc.)
 
2014-01-11 08:38:21 AM

Stoj: The icy covering the road

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

[www.myicee.com image 161x300]


I would do anything for one of those, we don't have them in Canada and it's been about 10 years since i've seen one.
 
2014-01-11 09:14:38 AM

AndreMA: Tyrosine: Storm water is generally not treated. Where I live you are permitted to drain your pool into the storm sewer providing you have let the pool sit with no addition of chemicals for one week.

You appear to live in a place with a sane local government.


Far from it. You have no idea.
 
2014-01-11 09:16:23 AM

Mr. Eugenides: Tyrosine: Mr. Eugenides: Because treatment costs are per gallon of water treated and running 10,000 gallons of water clean enough for the storm sewers is a waste of money.

Storm water is generally not treated. Where I live you are permitted to drain your pool into the storm sewer providing you have let the pool sit with no addition of chemicals for one week.

If you read what I wrote, then you see that's exactly what I said.


And so you did. I stand corrected.
 
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