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Thread: solar cover reel is very hard to turn

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    solar cover reel is very hard to turn

    does this mean I need to replace it?

    is there a way to replace the bearings or lubricate?

    thanks in advance,

    ~jv
    25k gallon kidney shaped pool
    1 hp pump
    cartridge filter (4 cartridges)
    jandy deck jets

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    Re: solar cover reel is very hard to turn

    Can you specify the brand and model?

    Many use a simple sleeve bearing, which should be lubricated periodically (annually is specified for the reel I own).
    Geometric 16X36', 16K gal, shotcrete, exposed aggregate plaster, acrylic coated concrete deck/cantilever coping;
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    Re: solar cover reel is very hard to turn

    hi,
    I cannot find a make/model anywhere on it.
    I will attach a photo when I get a chance.
    there is only 1 screw on each side of the reel.

    thanks again,
    25k gallon kidney shaped pool
    1 hp pump
    cartridge filter (4 cartridges)
    jandy deck jets

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    25k gallon kidney shaped pool
    1 hp pump
    cartridge filter (4 cartridges)
    jandy deck jets

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    Re: solar cover reel is very hard to turn

    WD-40?
    14,000 gallon IG, Vinyl. Hayward 3/4 hp superpump, Penatair IC40 SWCG, Pentair automation, Hayward sand filter, Aqua Comfort heat pump, Hayward 400k Lo-Nox LP heater.

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    Re: solar cover reel is very hard to turn

    sorry for the ignorant question but I did spray wd-40 in-between the reel roller......I guess I should spray it on the screw itself right?

    thanks
    25k gallon kidney shaped pool
    1 hp pump
    cartridge filter (4 cartridges)
    jandy deck jets

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    Re: solar cover reel is very hard to turn

    If I had that unit, I would take a wrench (or socket) and remove the bolt. With a little help the stand-ends should pull away from the wheel/tube assembly.

    Should then be easy to see if it's a sleeve bearing (use some wheel bearing grease) or a ball/roller bearing. For the latter you may be able to push in some grease and maybe not - depends on the style. And if the bearing is screwed up your best bet might be a local well-equipped Hardware store.
    Geometric 16X36', 16K gal, shotcrete, exposed aggregate plaster, acrylic coated concrete deck/cantilever coping;
    Pentair equipment suite (EasyTouch w/wireless, 2 Intellibrites, Intelliflo VS-3050, C&C 200 Filter, IC-40 SWG);
    Heliocol solar panels, Rocky's Roller, Blue Diamond robot

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