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Oh. My. God.

I decided it was a good weekend to break down the pool. They say these things are easy to drain, using your garden hose, and that you can reuse them year after year.


Ok, I took over my garden hose, and saw that it was way smaller than the drain. I dug up the instructions, and it says you attach your hose to the connector, and then the connector to the pool. Dig. Dig. Dig. Ummm. There is no 'connector' in our pool kit. I tried duct taping the hose to the drain. That didn't last long. Finally, I said screw it and just let the drain pour out into our yard. It couldn't get much muddier than it does when it rains hard, so I decided to bite the bullet to get it broken down.

Several hours later (and with two muddy, muddy dogs), the pool was about halfway drained. I gave it a little extra NUDGE by pushing down on the sides to let water pour over. That worked pretty good, and spread the water a bit more than coming out of a one inch drain, so I finished the job that way. When it got down pretty low, I stepped in to start pulling the pull upside down.

As soon as I lifted the edge.....BAM!!!!!!! The smell hit me like a brick wall and I started gagging. Thankfully, I kept it together long enough to finish the job, but DAMN! I don't know what was going on under that pool. The weight had created a little bit of a sunken area, but the grass wasn't completely dead. It was just rotting and moist (from water splashing or leaking out of the pool?), with LOTS of bugs. I quickly flipped the pool upside down to drain.

I ran inside and made ANOTHER decision. They can forget that 'reuse it year after year'. I'll buy another dang pool next year. I've already got the chemicals and everything. First, I'll try to figure out how to avoid the rotting vegetation smell.

Has anyone here been around a sugar cane field after they cut and leave those big piles out to rot? Similar smell.

Then Barqs (our Cairn Terrier) walked out into the middle of it and starts EATING IT.

We grabbed her, washed her, sprayed her mouth with a doggy mouthwash stuff we have (it's a dental spray), and hope it dries a bit before the dogs have to go back out.

*shiver* I hope this thing fits in the trashcan because it is NOT going in my car to go to the dump. I'll cut the damn thing up and spread it across multiple weeks if I have to.


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Sep. 10th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Ewwww...Gross!! Maybe you can ask your husband to deal with the rest of it!! Yuck!!
Sep. 10th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
Ha. Riiiighhhtt. He isn't exactly a 'handy' kind of guy. He'll occasionally pitch in, and I might be able to bribe him to do it. Maybe as part of our anniversary present *laugh*
Sep. 10th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
Haha. How long have you guys been married?
Sep. 11th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
10 years this month. :) We were together for five before we got married.

When I first moved down to New Orleans to be with him, we stayed during the week in Carriere, MS because Scott worked out at Stennis on a NASA grant. On weekends, we stayed at his mom's apartment in New Orleans East, because Scott used to do the laser rock shows at the planetarium at the Nature and Science Center.

Then we moved to Waveland. I got a job dealing craps at a casino, which I did for three years. Scott proposed at Vrazel's restaurant in Gulfport, and we got married on September 23, 1995 outdoors under a gorgeous arbor in Buccaneer State Park in Waveland. It was a wonderful wedding, and a HELL of a party afterwards in the park. We roasted a whole hog, and drank and danced. :)

If you someone to set up your computer network or a home theater, Scott's your guy. If you want someone to put a fence up in the backyard, lay out a patio, dig a garden, or other manual labor, ummm, maybe not. :)
Sep. 13th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
Ha. He's a techie. I hope something works out for me romantically...I'm 30 and not even close to anything. And everytime I try and get something going the guy always does not return my feelings. It's really sucked.
Sep. 10th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC)
you just gave me a reason to deny the kids any type of pool that does not get refilled daily. So in other words.. NO POOLS in my yard. :-)

It sounds like the moisture made a feeding ground for the bugs.. like big rocks and stuff. Just sounds nasty.
Sep. 11th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
If you frequently move the pool, it won't be as bad for the grass.

I learned that lesson from a Little Tikes playhouse that left a yellowed square in the grass when I left it in the same place for too long.

Sep. 11th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, but you really can't move a full pool that is 15 feet across and three feet deep. It STAYS where it is the whole summer.
Sep. 10th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
I totally know that sugar came smell.
Sep. 11th, 2005 12:22 am (UTC)
here I was, hoping for some spectacular photos! if not the bugs, then the shot of Barqs with Froth Mouth. You deny me these simple pleasures, Trish? For shame, for shame ...
Sep. 11th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
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