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    Pool cover suggestions?

    I live in CT and need suggestion for good company to order winter pool cover from. I have a 27 ft round above ground. We can get a lot of falling leaves in autumn and a lot of snow in winter. It seems like I have to get a new one every year or two....they just do not hold up and rip or tear. Any advice is appreciated!
    ABOVE GROUND, 27 ft round , 54 inch deep, 19,000 gallons, vinyl liner, sand filter. Pool is 15 years old. I will use TF-100 kit.

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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    I am in the same boat as you, heyjudect. My winter pool cover last year got trashed from the hickory nuts and leaves. The closest tree is coming down on Monday (over 50' tall) but I still need to buy a winter cover that will last. Also, wondering if the leaf net covers work? I was reading that these covers can be installed over the winter covers and make leaf removal easier.
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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    I'm in need of one as well. I'm looking for one of the solid safety covers with the mesh strip down the middle.
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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    Hopefully someone on this forum can make a suggestion for us all!!!!
    ABOVE GROUND, 27 ft round , 54 inch deep, 19,000 gallons, vinyl liner, sand filter. Pool is 15 years old. I will use TF-100 kit.

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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    I have a solid cover with a mesh strip down the middle. I've been very pleased with it. Google Ultimate winter pool cover.
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    Or if you're lazy hit - - > Google
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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    Thanks Linda1!!!!!!!!!! I will def check it out!
    ABOVE GROUND, 27 ft round , 54 inch deep, 19,000 gallons, vinyl liner, sand filter. Pool is 15 years old. I will use TF-100 kit.

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    I have decided to go with the cheapest cover I can find. After buying teh "super tough mega expensive" covers and watching them fail in 2 seasons, I am going to go with the cheapest and get the same life out of it. I am in the North East as well and I get a lot of leaves, snow, and ice. Nothing seems to hold up
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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    the mesh ones are pricey and I worry about stuff filtering thru and making my water murky. I may do as phonedave is and get cheapo cover. If it only lasts one season, so be it, at least I wont be out a lot of cash.
    ABOVE GROUND, 27 ft round , 54 inch deep, 19,000 gallons, vinyl liner, sand filter. Pool is 15 years old. I will use TF-100 kit.

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    I would go cheap, just a standard winter cover. My experience is 2-3 seasons is what you will get, the ones I buy are really just typical tarp material. A neighbor gave me a leaf net last year so the first time I used it and it worked well. I did not leave it on all winter, just from closing until late fall, on top of the winter cover, and then removed it and the leaves came right with it.

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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    agree!!
    ABOVE GROUND, 27 ft round , 54 inch deep, 19,000 gallons, vinyl liner, sand filter. Pool is 15 years old. I will use TF-100 kit.

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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    I buy a new one every year. For less than $50 it's not worth cleaning, drying, and storing.

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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    I'm with Walt on this. I can't get on to last more than one winter. I get the next size up cover since i'm oval, makes it much easier. No more yelling :>)
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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    So those micro-mesh covers that are taut over the pool (27' AGP) don't make sense for southern NH snow loads? After reading this I am thinking of doing what Pauls said. I might dump whats in there late fall then put back on, those oak leaves are very stubborn.

    Also, re pillows/balloons, lots of them, but big? Small?

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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    I use to round floats. (1) 48" dia and the other is 36" dai. tied together in the center with ropes out to the long sides to pull cover out and then to pull cover off. It easy to center with the two ropes.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Intex-Rec...-Tube/20703058 like this one

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Intex-Rec...-Tube/20703058 this one
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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by LuvNH View Post
    So those micro-mesh covers that are taut over the pool (27' AGP) don't make sense for southern NH snow loads? After reading this I am thinking of doing what Pauls said. I might dump whats in there late fall then put back on, those oak leaves are very stubborn.

    Also, re pillows/balloons, lots of them, but big? Small?

    I have found that if you keep the cover dry (which is impossible if you have a leaky old cover) then leaves are easy to take care of with a leaf blower. When it rains, I make it a point to get the water off the cover ASAP. That wa the leave don't stick, and they can just be blown off. Of course, if you cover is old and the pool water seeps up through the weave, then there is not much you can do.

    -dave
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    Re: Pool cover suggestions?

    I haven't tried it yet since this is only my 3rd year... But my father in law uses 2 covers.. When he buys a new one... He puts the old one on top... Says it makes the new one last longer... Used to get 2 years out of his cover... Now he says he can get 4-5 years... And he just buys regular cheap covers... Figure it's worth a shot

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