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    Sep 2007
    High Point, N.C.

    Solar Cover Solution?

    I have been perplexed for some time on how to use a solar cover with my pool. Think of it's shape as a triangle with rounded corners. The base of the triangle is 25' long. The rounded top of the triangle is 12' across. The length is 27'.

    I have a heat pump and have read on of the importance of preventing night time heat loss...that is the goal. I doubt there is a reel available long enough for the 25' end, so I am asking for any helpful suggestions, please, for how to easily apply and remove a cover for my pool. Also if you have any links to send for discussions of the type (quality) of solar cover you would recommend it would be appreciated.
    20,000gal, inground, vinyl liner, 1.5hp Hayward Superpump, Hayward sand filter, Heat Pump, CircuPool SWG, BBB w/o Borax, one skimmer, Caretaker floor popups, two return jets at stairs, waterfall.

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    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Solar Cover Solution?

    You could try a shorter real and fold the cover before rolling up. Or just cut it into pieces and either roll up the pieces or just pull off and pull them up manually.
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    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Solar Cover Solution?

    User mas985 (Mark) has a very nice thread demonstrating how to build manual rolls for covers that are cut for freeform pool shapes. I plan to start using a cover next year and I'm going to implement Mark's very helpful solution.
    16k IG PebbleTec pool, 650gal spa, spillway and waterfall, 3HP IntelliFlo VS / 1.5HP WhisperFlo, Pentair QuadDE-100 filter, IC40 SWCG, MasterTemp 400k BTU/hr NG heater, KreepyKrauly suction-side cleaner Dolphin S300i robot, EasyTouch controls, city water, K-1001, K-2006 and K-1766 test kits, Mannitol test for borates

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    Sacramento, CA

    Re: Solar Cover Solution?

    Mark's solution is based on the Solar Roller.

    I like my Solar Roller But you probably have to split your cover in two because it does not work well for large areas.
    22k gallon IG pebblefina, Jandy 1.5 HP VS, Jandy CV Cartridge filter, Fafco solar panels, Polaris 360 supply side cleaner, waterfall

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