Andy, thanks for responding. I like your method for declaration and clean up.<BR><BR>In my test, I had serveral pages that accessed that connection Object. <BR><BR>I believe that because setting the connection obect to NOTHING, it clears all the resources associated with that particular connection; therefore it&#039s not released to the pool. <BR><BR>Would you be so kind as to run a test in one of your includes commenting out the line with "NOTHING".<BR><BR>Also, check the speed on your connections, not setting it to nothing should be faster... If you run SQL Trace, you&#039ll see that the time to open a new connection is being taken.<BR><BR>I&#039d like your return on this please:<BR><BR>