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    Solar Cover Help

    Ok, I purchased a solar cover and aluminum reel for our pool. I haven't installed it yet, because...well...it's winter and won't be using it until spring.

    Anyway..I have some questions....should I mount the reel at the middle of the pool on the coping and attach the straps to the center of the solar cover...OR......should I mount the solar reel at one end of the pool and attach the straps to the ends of the round cover so it rolls up from one end?

    Now, my question is this...If I go with the end of the pool mount, won't I need different length straps do to the curve of the cover in order to reach the reel?

    What say you all? I really don't like the idea of having a long metal reel over the center of my pool all the time.

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    Re: Solar Cover Help

    On a round pool, you are pretty well going to have to put the straps in the center.
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    Re: Solar Cover Help

    This is how we did ours. The reel is mounted on 4x4 posts outside the walls of the pool. When we want to use the pool, we roll up the cover and lift the whole thing up and hang it on the fence. Our pool is not round, but you get the idea.

    If I'm by myself, I just roll up and leave it and swim under it.

    We tried lots of different things and this is by far the easiest.
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    Re: Solar Cover Help

    Yeah, I like that idea for an oval pool, or even mounting those 4x4 posts way the end of an oval pool would work too, because you can still reach the widest part of the pool cover..with a round pool, the main problem is the widest part, where the reel straps attach to the cover are at the very center of the cover in the middle of the pool. I think I'll mount it to the middle of the pool and then just lift it off and remove it for swimming, then put it back on when done.

    Dan
    33' x 52" Swim and Play Inc. PARAGON AGP. Hayward H200 Heater. Hayward Power-Flo LX 1.5hp pump. Sta-Rite Cristal Flo T-210WF Sand Filter. Stenner 45M5 chlorine pump

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    Re: Solar Cover Help

    off the end works perfectly fine - mine's a 30' diameter pool.


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