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    solar covers

    Last season my solar cover started to tear. So I threw it out. This year I had forgotten that I tossed it.
    I started up the pool got the chemical levels up to par and opened up the valves to the heater. At this point, I realized that I had no solar cover. I found that I had to increase the chlorine feeder from a 1 3/4 setting to over 7 to maintain chemical par. Plus I had to keep adding 3" tabs to the feeder. Once I woke up to this enigma, I ordered a solar cover. I am now back on an even keel. I figure the solar cover saves me its cost every year (in chemicals). My neighbor has a reel and I note that the cover is usually rolled up and stays there.

    At any rate, it is a pain to remove and replace. Plus it takes up a lot of deck space. (above ground pool with a 40' hexagon shaped deck surrounding). My wife has poo pooed the idea of a reel.

    My question is .... has anyone tried the solar pills. My UPS driver told me he uses them and loves them. It just doesn't sound Kosher to me.

    I guess I should say this vast increase in chemical usage is what brought me to this site. And I am contemplating the BBB system. I actually located and purchased some Borax. But for now, I have an abundance of Chlorine tabs.

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    Re: solar covers

    Google search, bottom left corner for "solar pills".

    The don't work. Also if you haven't read Pool School yet, that's a great place to start. I'm wondering what your CYA level is...
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
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    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
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    Re: solar covers

    You can always save those tabs for times away from home, heavy bather loads, pumping out rain water and the like. Welcome!
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    Re: solar covers

    I just purchased a more in depth test kit. My CYA is LOWWW like at 0. Will pick up some stabilizer when I can.
    Dr Peter Warren
    308 Amber Valley ( 29° 28.490'S, 30° 14.635'E)
    24 Woolly Lane
    Private Bag X30
    Howick 3290
    South Africa

    Mobile +27 73 8071986, Fax 086 5492 943 (SA only), Home +27 33 2395 308
    Email PeterRWarren@gmail.com, Peter.Warren@iuncapped.co.za
    Twitter PeterRWarren

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