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    Cheap alternative to pool cover water ballast bags.

    I am sure someone has already done this, but it is a first for me. I hate having to buy pool water bags every year because they break and tear so easily. This year I am trying something new. In my house we go though gallons of milk and water constantly. I just started saving the containers, filled them with water, and tied them together. I would tie four together and place every so many feet apart. This is the first year for me so not sure how they will fare through the winter. It also doesn't give a completely tight seal, but I am more concerned with protecting the liner than keeping dirt out. Just thought I would share.uploadfromtaptalk1445466428703.jpg

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    Re: Cheap alternative to pool cover water ballast bags.

    Ya' might wanna leave a little space at the top. Freezing water expands. I'd probably drill a hole in the top too.
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    Re: Cheap alternative to pool cover water ballast bags.

    x2 on leaving some room at the top. Every year we reuse the old bleach bottles from the season filled with water to hold down our cover. Almost always a few splits open due to freezing, but for the most part they work perfect. Then once Spring comes we empty all the water out and take them to the recycling bins.

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    Re: Cheap alternative to pool cover water ballast bags.

    Great idea. I should have kept a bunch of bleach bottles I used this past season. Next year, I'm trying this.
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    Re: Cheap alternative to pool cover water ballast bags.

    I have plenty downstairs (great idea) for added protection.

    Question: Does anyone find that the wind blows these into the pool? If they were left by themselves. Or would it be best to link them all together with a string around the pool? Or 4 of them together, like schurtj has done?

    I gave up on water bags, moved on to Aqua Blocks (first year using them) and maybe this will be the new way of doing things! Thanks!
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    Re: Cheap alternative to pool cover water ballast bags.

    This is my first year doing this. I agree, i should reduce water in them to allow for expansion. Drilling a hole in cap is a great idea as well. I will report back how they work out this year. I tied them together so hopefully the wind can't move them. We will see!

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    Re: Cheap alternative to pool cover water ballast bags.

    Maybe sprinkle in some of that safety ice-melt for driveways, then shake to dissolve? Dirt cheap. lol.

    I really hated the covers with water bags. I think I spent more on the water bags over the years to pay for my anchored safety cover.

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    Re: Cheap alternative to pool cover water ballast bags.

    Sam's Club sells their used icing buckets (with lids) for $1 each. I fill those 2/3 of the way full with water (pool water I would drain out anyway) and put the lid on halfway (which is enough to keep it from blowing off). They are heavy buckets and did a great job for me last year (which was my first year with a pool). I've heard those water bags are awful because the sun rots them quickly. I may eventually go to a safety cover and have way too many buckets, but for the time being it is a great alternative! They stack wonderfully and several lids will fit inside the one empty buckets!!!

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