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    plucky71's Avatar
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    Any alternatives to water tubes/bags

    Does anyone have any good alternatives to using water tubes or water bags? I have seen a product called aquablocks.

    I also saw someone suggest 5 gallon buckets of water. Just wondering if anyone had any other ideas?
    Outdoor fiberglass inground 15,000 gallons, Clean & Clear Plus 420ft. sq. filter, 1 h.p. WhisperFlo pump, New water cycler automatic chlorinater(not using), 1996 pool, TF-100 test kit.

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    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: Any alternatives to water tubes/bags

    Bleach jugs filled with water.
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    Re: Any alternatives to water tubes/bags

    The 'aquablocks' are terrible! They don't hold enough water and are a real PITA to move!

    Bleach bottles are OK, but it takes a LOT of them to properly do the job.

    Oh yeah, water tubes also TRULY suck!

    I had one pool owner, irregular pool, who home-rigged some 1" PVC pipe filled with sand. He had the 90*s, 45*s and couplings all set (he numbered the pieces and had a diagram). I think he sealed the ends with a glob of silicon caulk, once the sand was in. This system, used with a solid tarp, worked great! This guy was one of the customers i never dreaded going to see or work on his pool!
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    Charlotte, NC

    Re: Any alternatives to water tubes/bags

    He just laid it on the plastic? No rolling it under etc?
    1 inch w sand was heavy enough? You guys get plenty of wind, no?

    I'm considering a tarp on top of my safety mesh cover because so much debris goes through & I read about all the guys opening w clear water when they use a solid cover.

    But if I don't put some slack in the plastic the plastic will tear if we get snow & it sinks (as designed) w the mesh cover, right? Any comments appreciated.
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    Re: Any alternatives to water tubes/bags

    Sand Bags - Sand tubes

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    Re: Any alternatives to water tubes/bags

    Buckets filled with water are nice because if they get dragged into the pool they wont be hard to get out of the pool unlike sand bags
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    Central Kentucky

    Re: Any alternatives to water tubes/bags

    I know you are talking about inground. But for my above ground, I secured the cover with shrink wrap. It works by keeping the wind from blowing up the cover.
    Intek 15' diameter X 4'deep 4,800 gallon AG beginner pool, updated with a Hayward sand filter, 60GPM pump. TF-50 Test Kit. Upgraded to TK-100

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