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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

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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

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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?



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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
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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.
 
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