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    Cover for the Auto-Cover?

    Hello! First time post here. Have had our IGP for 3 years in Minnesota now. We have an auto-safety cover which is of course closed for the winter months. My question is, does anyone else add an additional tarp cover over the auto-cover for the winter/closed months? We have done this each winter so far. Our pool is tucked into a wooded area so we get a lot of blowing leaves in the fall, and our theory is the added tarp will cut down on the leaves/debris managing to find it's way into the pool even with the auto-cover, and more importantly, that it will protect and extend the life of our auto-cover. However, I don't like how it looks for all the winter months with the huge ugly brown tarp on it, so if it isn't doing anything helpful, I'd sure like to forego the tarp for this winter. Does anyone else do this or have thoughts on this? Thank you!
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    Re: Cover for the Auto-Cover?

    I have read in the past that some auto-cover brands don't recommend their use under the weight of snow. I recall the idea was to leave the cover open underneath a winter cover. Its been years since I read it so can't include a cite though. I know its not exactly cheap but have you considered a fitted cover for the pool?
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    Re: Cover for the Auto-Cover?

    Quote Originally Posted by YippeeSkippy View Post
    I have read in the past that some auto-cover brands don't recommend their use under the weight of snow. I recall the idea was to leave the cover open underneath a winter cover. Its been years since I read it so can't include a cite though. I know its not exactly cheap but have you considered a fitted cover for the pool?
    Thanks for the reply, YippeeSkippy. That is really interesting--I am going to look up the manufacturer of our auto-cover and check to see if they have any recommendations in this regard. What do you meant exactly, by a "fitted cover"? (ours is an IGP). Thanks again!
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    Re: Cover for the Auto-Cover?

    Do you keep a pump on your auto-cover/tarp?

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    Re: Cover for the Auto-Cover?

    Quote Originally Posted by rxann View Post
    Thanks for the reply, YippeeSkippy. That is really interesting--I am going to look up the manufacturer of our auto-cover and check to see if they have any recommendations in this regard. What do you meant exactly, by a "fitted cover"? (ours is an IGP). Thanks again!
    One of those safety covers that are sized and shaped for the pool and bolt down to the deck.
    My Amazon Smile for November12K Fiberglass IG, Infinity 4000 automatic cover, SWCG, Hayward Sand Filter, Hayward 1.5 Pump, Doheny Discovery Robot, Savi Melody LED pool lights, outdoor speakers and other assorted doo-dads. Sundance Altamar Hot Tub.
    Our pool build--> Our Pool Solved Our Sloping Yard Skippy's Cheap Pool Cooler -->Skippy's New Fountain

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    Re: Cover for the Auto-Cover?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarianParoo View Post
    Do you keep a pump on your auto-cover/tarp?
    Yes, we do.
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    Re: Cover for the Auto-Cover?

    Hmm. I don't think I would like the look either. I use pool noodles tucked under the "open" end to help with leaves and debris before we drop the roll to the ground.

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