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    Homemade Solar Mats

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    I just use clearance one ring baby pools at .50 a pop. Keeping my pool in the upper 70's n 80's. Cost a whole 7.50$...: ) same technology as the solar mats that range from 30-50$.

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    Re: Pool Heating Solution for Florida ?

    How much do they blow around and out of the pool?
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    Re: Pool Heating Solution for Florida ?

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    How much do they blow around and out of the pool?
    None have blown out or in since i got them 3wks ago. When we swim they stack up on the deck n then toss em back in when done. Only thing is we had to re blow a few as some leaked air out of the nozzle. Still working to heat the pool so I don't mind. Solar blankets can be dangerous if you fall in one you get sucked into it n cant get out.

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    Re: Pool Heating Solution for Florida ?

    Hate to hijack this thread, but you got any pictures? JumboJet might be interested also...
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    Re: Pool Heating Solution for Florida ?

    I do have pics ...
    As you can see here the air pockets in the expensive one 40$ are the same as the baby pool .50 .The pockets absorb heat n release it into the water. The same technology at work here. The darker the better.

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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    Well now I gotta go check out local stores to find those.
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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    After summer sales are the best time... hope you find something that works. Think outside of the box on this one.. : ) bubble wrap would prolly work for a solar cover cheaper as well...

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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    Good Idea!
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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    Quote Originally Posted by Lou. View Post
    After summer sales are the best time... hope you find something that works. Think outside of the box on this one.. : ) bubble wrap would prolly work for a solar cover cheaper as well...
    Did you order these on line? If so, where did you purchase them? Otherwise, what exactly are they called? Thanks!
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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    Walmart in store after summer clearance . Just any baby pool will work so long as it has air pockets in its bottom. Even if they are 5-10$ still much less than 30-40$. If not this year than the next. I haven't looked into bubble wrap but you might find it at office supply stores. Happy hunting.

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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    Quote Originally Posted by Lou. View Post
    Walmart in store after summer clearance . Just any baby pool will work so long as it has air pockets in its bottom. Even if they are 5-10$ still much less than 30-40$. If not this year than the next. I haven't looked into bubble wrap but you might find it at office supply stores. Happy hunting.
    I thought they were floats, not baby pools. Makes sense now. Thanks!
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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    BRILLIANT!
    I see you're in TX.
    Any idea how much heat they provide - What would your water temp be without the mats/pools, and what is it with?
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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    Quote Originally Posted by Catanzaro View Post
    I thought they were floats, not baby pools. Makes sense now. Thanks!
    Floats have air pockets that are long and skinny. Is the key that the pockets be fairly small, or would a float also work?

    I surmise the pools would be better as they can hold a small amount of water in them to act as a weight and keep them from blowing out. But what if a string with something lightweight attached was tied around a float. Would that work?
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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    A friend of our's in OK uses hula hoops inside of black trash bags. He claims it works well.

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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    When experimenting I measured temp from sunrise to sundown with just sun n pool temp changed maybe 2'. With baby pools in I got 6'. Note my neighbors pool yesterday was at 74' with nothing n mine at 80' with baby pools. Keep in mind my plaster is a dk blue n theirs is light. Yes I think a lil water in them could help with blowing around yet I haven't had any issues. The pools kinda stick to the water.. shrug. Floats may work, the thinner the better. Household6 good way to think outside the box. I assume that a tarp weighted or floated with string like you said should work. Would keep heat, water n chems in the pool. Hula hoops are a good idea so long as they hold up n you don't mind the look.

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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    aha Redneck solar cover Good ideas

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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    I should add the baby pool solar mats took a few days to heat up the pool...

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    Re: Homemade Solar Mats

    Im going to try this this summer.

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