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    Cutting my solar cover, any tips?

    Will be cutting our solar cover next week and thought I'd see if anyone has any tips for a pool shaped like ours.

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    Re: Cutting my solar cover, any tips?

    Sharp scissors and go slow.
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    Re: Cutting my solar cover, any tips?

    Spread over entire water surface. With cover flat on the water & using a very sharp knife, follow the curves of the pool, cutting the cover against the wall so that it remains flat on the water. We used a sharpie and marked on the top of the cover left & right.
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    Re: Cutting my solar cover, any tips?

    Cutting a pool cover for your pool will cure you of any OCD inclinations you may have. You don't have to make it perfect!
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    Re: Cutting my solar cover, any tips?

    I'm somewhat worried about going around the planters, they're +18"
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    Re: Cutting my solar cover, any tips?

    I think the best method is to lay the pool cover over the pool and let it sit in the sun for a couple hours and then cut to the shape of the pool. I used a utility knife to cut mine.
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    Re: Cutting my solar cover, any tips?

    ^^^^^^ I've been told to let it sit on the pool for a couple days. So I let it sit for about 3 days then take scissors to it. You might be able to cut pull the cover on top of the planters then cut it . Or if you really want to get it just right tape some cardboard together put it on top of the planters and make a pattern. trace from bellow. The cove doesn't have to fit perfect
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    Re: Cutting my solar cover, any tips?

    What do you think of cutting the cover in half to make it more manageable?
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    Re: Cutting my solar cover, any tips?

    I cut my cover down the middle seam then added a solar roller to each half just so I could manage it on my own. Best thing since sliced bread!
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    Re: Cutting my solar cover, any tips?

    Box, or sheet rock cutter is best. I have used scissors with horrible results (in comparison to the box cutter). Cutting the cover into two or even three sections is great for managing. The best thing is to have an area adjacent to the pool to pull the cover off onto, and it looks like you have plenty of area for this. Hardest/most challenging area will be up against the raised wall.

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