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Thread: Autopilot & Solar Cover Questions

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    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    The Bluegrass State

    Autopilot & Solar Cover Questions

    Only two dumb questions on this rainy night...

    1. I just did a rough measurement of my in ground oval for a solar cover. It's 13'9" wide by about 34' long. Not totally positive on the length as I only had a 25' measuring tape but if its off then its only by inches, not feet. I took those measurements to the net in search of a solar cover but I don't see any in that size. Do I have to get one custom made?

    2. The previous owner of my home put in the pool and for some reason the pump is on a switch and not hooked up to the Autopilot system. Why would one do this? As it is now, I must either leave the pump on 24 hours a day or run out there and hit the switch twice a day. I'm planning on adding it to my home automation system but I still can't figure out why the Autopilot wouldn't control it.

    That is all for now. Thanks to all!
    All I know about my pool at this point:
    Size: 17,000 Gallons - Oval
    Type: Inground - Vinyl - Salt Water
    Filter: Sand
    Controller: Autopilot
    Pump: 1HP Waterway Mustang - Single Speed (MUSTS-110)
    Heater: Aquacal Heat Wave
    Robot: Barracuda G4

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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Autopilot & Solar Cover Questions

    1) You can get a solar cover that is a little too big and then cut it to size yourself.

    2) Who ever did the install was either lazy or wanted things to work the way they had always worked. If you have the Digital model, remember that the relay used to control the pump is optional and you may need to add it. Even if you have to add the relay, doing so is a great idea and shouldn't be very difficult.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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