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Thread: Maintaining the pool with a solar blanket on

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    Maintaining the pool with a solar blanket on

    I'm thinking about buying a solar blanket but had a question about pool maintenance. Do I need to take the cover off completely every time I need to add chemicals to the pool?

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    Jul 2011

    Re: Maintaining the pool with a solar blanket on

    Nope. Pull it back enough to add what you need and cover it back up.

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    Re: Maintaining the pool with a solar blanket on

    I take it off, and leave it off for at least half an hour after adding stuff.
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    Re: Maintaining the pool with a solar blanket on

    I've left my cover on for days at a time, doing exactly what ps0303 suggested.

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    Central PA

    Re: Maintaining the pool with a solar blanket on

    At times, I pull my cover to allow about 1/4 of the pool uncovered while I add. Just a personal preference. That way I know I am not splashing the bleach on it, I'm clumsy at times, lol. (And my cover is a foot in diameter bigger than my pool and I didn't cut it to size)
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