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    Hey guys, I've winterized down my pool about a month ago and I still can find a place to store my three 4x20 solar panels that were on the ground but worked great this summer...

    There drained but I've been trying to figure out where to store them:
    Could just leave them on the ground (drained)?
    Been thinking of rolling them up and attempting to find a place for them in the garage?
    Storing them flat under the pool deck. (They would stick out a few feet)?

    Or the crazy idea my wife had which is to just store them in the bottom of the pool for the winter....?????
    Our pool is 30x15 so the panels would fit easily.
    We live outside of Seattle so it's usually moderate winters but it will still usually freeze for a few days to a few weeks, everyone winterizes their motorhomes and boats...

    Has anyone tried this or am I just an idiot for thinking this is a brilliant idea?

    Thanks for all your help!
    Brannon
    15x30 AG 12k, Hayward Matrix 1 1/2 hp, 21' sand filter, Pentair Mastertemp 400 propane heater. Intex swcg, Wanda the whale, upgrading to an Suntouch with Solar Bear Panels...

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    Re: Am I crazy?!? Storing solar panels....

    I would go back to the recommendations from the manufacturer at this point to determine what is best for the solar panels. Any time you can store something outside the elements, the product will last longer. If you can post some pictures of the pool, decking, and panels, this would be great. Thanks!
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    Re: Am I crazy?!? Storing solar panels....

    Catanzaro,

    I will post some pictures tomorrow morning. What do you do with your solar panels for the winter?

    Thanks, Brannon
    15x30 AG 12k, Hayward Matrix 1 1/2 hp, 21' sand filter, Pentair Mastertemp 400 propane heater. Intex swcg, Wanda the whale, upgrading to an Suntouch with Solar Bear Panels...

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    Re: Am I crazy?!? Storing solar panels....

    I do not have any solar panels, but I am a believer in taking care of anything I own.
    14,700 gallons IG Pool Vinyl Liner - Octal Circulation System
    Hayward Pro-Series 350 LB. Sand Filter Model # S270T - 2" Plumping
    Hayward CL2002 Chlorinator - Hayward Super Pump 2 HP Model # k48m2n111
    Hayward AQR9 SWG 25K Salt Cell & TF-100 Test Kit + Speed Stir
    Gulfstream HE125RA - 117K BTU Heat Pump - Date of Build is 11-2013

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