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Thread: Does anyone cover their pool mechnicals with a pop up tent over winter?

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    Does anyone cover their pool mechnicals with a pop up tent over winter?

    I live in CT and we get cold winters with snow. I was thinking of getting one of those pop up tents (the kind that you see at soccer tournaments for kids that sort of open up like an umbrella (hopefully you know what I mean), and covering my pool mechnical for the winter (the pump, etc.). This would just prevent snow and rain from hitting the mechanical, but not from blowing snow since the sides of the tent are open.

    Is this worth doing?
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    Re: Does anyone cover their pool mechnicals with a pop up tent over winter?

    I don't know if it would hold up to a snow load. They are designed mainly for providing portable shade. The frames and fabric are not very strong. I've seen a good strong breeze make short work of one in no time.
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    Re: Does anyone cover their pool mechnicals with a pop up tent over winter?

    Using a plain old tarp works pretty well......and cheaper. But you could weight the legs and not extend them all the way up to keep it low to the ground.
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    Re: Does anyone cover their pool mechnicals with a pop up tent over winter?

    Whatever you use you need to make sure there's a way to keep moisture off the equipment that may get trapped. If any moisture finds it's way under the cover (and it will) you run the risk of rusting out metal parts on heaters as there's nowhere for the water to go.

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