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    Solar Cover & Wind

    I didn't see this addressed but might have missed it: is a solar cover practical in windy environs? We are on a sound on the Outer Banks and often get a lot of wind. 20mph+ is not unusual and it comes up quick and changes direction frequently. The regular winter cover lasted 1 week!

    Since it floats on the water, I was thinking that it might be less susceptible to wind? My bride, of several decades, doesn't like cold water and a heater is not in the budget (next item is a SWG!)

    Thanks in advance. Steve
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    Re: Solar Cover & Wind

    Hi Steve,
    We are in Austin TX, and the wind some days will consistently blow 15mph, and often gust 20-30mph. As long as our solar cover is "stuck" to the water, no problem. But, if one end is out of the water (it is a little longer than the pool) and not tucked under the pool coping, the wind will catch it and flip over a corner. So, bottom line, I don't think you will have any problems as long as the cover is actually sitting on the water. Even in higher winds during a storm, I have not had the cover "take flight"!
    Bill Long
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    Re: Solar Cover & Wind

    Mine sits everywhere on the water and when it gets really windy, the wind picks it up and it floats in the air being held only by the straps that hold it to the rocky roller which is held in place by two bolts in concrete anchors.

    I really have to find a way to hold it in place. When weather is bad, I spray some water on top of it or push it down a bit so it gets partially covered by water. That helps a bit, unless it's really really windy.
    19.5k gallons in ground, P4 panel with turbocell SWG, 1hp Hayward superpump II, sand filter, Heater low nox 250k btu heater, solar cover on rocky roller

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    Re: Solar Cover & Wind

    Oh well, shows how inexperienced I am! Maybe our pool is more sheltered from the wind that others. Also, I have the pool cover trimmed so it fits flush against the tiles all around, except on the reel end where I tuck it under the coping (which overhangs the tile by 1").
    Bill Long
    Jack of all trades / Master of none
    14,000 gal. 34'X12' gunite w/SunStone quartz aggregate plaster, Hayward 425sf cartridge filter, IntelliFlo VS-3050 pump, IntelliChlor IC-40 SWCG, EasyTouch controller, Polaris 280 cleaner (w/booster), Rheem 5350 heat pump, PoolSkim

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    Re: Solar Cover & Wind

    It's often quite gusty here in the Hawaiian Island chain, too. I had some extra 1" pvc pipe which I cut into 4' lengths and place on top of the solar cover (the kind that looks like bubble wrap) it's not heavy enough to sink it, but enough to keep it from blowing away. Around the edges and in the middle.
    12' round above ground pool. 3,500 gal. Vinyl liner. Waterway Supreme Hi-Flo 48 frame pump. 1.5 hp. SWG. Sand filter with Zeobrite.

    Thanks, members of Trouble Free Pool, for being so friendly and informative!

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    Re: Solar Cover & Wind

    In austin as well, it's been crazy windy these last couple months.

    The only problem I experiance is putting the thing on in the wind. Our is pretty unwieldy on its own though, nearly 50 feet long and 27 feet wide, but shaped like a boot. As long as it's stuck down, the wind does not seem to catch and roll it back.

    I have a smaller cover on our kiddie pool, which has a long edge that overflows into the main pool. The water level causes the cover to ride up about 1/2 an inch above this overflow edge, causing the corner of the cover to get caught by the wind and rolled back.
    38K Gallons IG, Intelliflow VS-SVRS, 30GPM 24/7, 72sqft DE Filter, Spectralight UV, Jandy C1900 driving Liquid Chlorine and Acid (toys, I know..), Jandy LXi gas heater, Aquacal SQ175 Heatpump, Riverflow Competition swimmer, Jandy automation, Touch and iAqualink, Pebblesheen | The Build

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    Re: Solar Cover & Wind

    I take empty bleach jugs and fill them with pool water. I place 3-4 around the perimeter of the pool on top of the cover and they float - they don't sink - about 1 foot in from the edge. Works like a charm and it's not uncommon to have 20 mph sustained winds where I am... works in 45mph gusts too (ask me how I know this) lol.

    Does nothing to prevent a trampoline from blowing into the pool however....
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    Re: Solar Cover & Wind

    We're beginning our 4th season and have never had one blow off. Our back yard (we live on an acre) catches some pretty gusty winds. We have our cover trimmed to fit.
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    Re: Solar Cover & Wind

    Our pool is in the mountains and it's at a weekend place so when the cover blows off, we don't know about it for up to 5 days! I took care of the problem with these clamps that I got at the local hardware store:





    Since I've been using them, I haven't had any problems with wind. Because of the size and shape of the pool, my cover is in 3 pieces (2 large and one small), so I have to use 6 or 8 clamps.
    700 sq. ft./30,000 gal, gunite pool; 48 SF DE filter; 1.5 HP pump; Salt Water Generator; Solar Heat

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