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    Pool Covers

    Over the past couple weeks, we've had some extreme wind, blowing all sorts of crud into the pool... mostly organics but anything else the wind could find. Wind gusts were in the 50-60MPH range. I was getting frustrated with skimming the pool and thinking that there has to be some type of pool cover that can withstand the extreme wind and keep the pool clean at the same time. I'm imagining something that will require anchors put into the concrete decking around the pool. I'm thinking of using this type of pool cover primarily during the winter months when the pool isn't likely to be used anyway. Anyone have any advice? I'm also contemplating a solar blanket, what do I need to look for and avoid? I already have a solar heater system, is a solar blanket overkill?

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    Re: Pool Covers

    I'm sure the Loop-loc covers will stand it but you don't want to be doning and doffing those anymore than you have to.

    A solar cover surely isn't overkill. It will help retain the heat that your system generates.
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    Re: Pool Covers

    A solar blanket will get blown right off in a 50 MPH gust. A mesh safety cover, properly installed will hold. A solid might catch some air but should survive. Much more wind speed and all bets are off.

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    Re: Pool Covers

    We've got a leaf net that we anchor down with some bricks. It works great to keep big things out of the pool. They're realtively inexpensive. Ours cost about $100. We used it during the fall when we had the pool built and they didn't have a cover on it till December. It didn't catch everything but really kept alot out. You could put the leaf net over the solar blanket.
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    Re: Pool Covers

    Quote Originally Posted by XsAllOverIt
    We've got a leaf net that we anchor down with some bricks. .
    One word of caution for those with vinyl pools. Using bricks or blocks to hold down a cover can lead to not so good things. If something were to happen to pull those bricks into the pool, you could end up witha torn liner.
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    Re: Pool Covers

    I've got a gunnite pool, but the blocks I'm using are about 60 pounds and I've got over 10 surrounding the net when I anchored it down, and it's a net, not a cover. I don't think a leaf net would create any resistance unless someone would jump on it. I could see a reall issue then.
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