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Thread: Solar cover in windy conditions

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    Oct 2010
    Houston, TX

    Solar cover in windy conditions

    Looking to purchase a solar cover for my spa, but it gets pretty windy over in my backyard. Will a solar cover just instantly blow off? And if so, any good ways of securing it so it doesn't happen? Was thinking of oversizing it and placing it around the spa with rocks weighing down the edges, but that looks pretty bad.
    15k gunite pool. Intelliflo VF. Autopilot SWG.
    2k separate spa with waterfall (ie: pain in the rear maintaining a separate body of water). 2HP Hayward Tristar pump.

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    Apr 2007
    SW Indiana

    Re: Solar cover in windy conditions

    Oversizing it will guarantee it blows off. Undersize it so it sticks to the water. They'll seldom come loose if they are laying flat.
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    20K Gallon 20X36 Vinyl Inground
    Hayward S244T Sand Filter with 1HP Whisperflo Pump. Liquidator C-201 and Solar Heat

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    Feb 2009
    Hampstead, NC, transitioning to Perfection, NC

    Re: Solar cover in windy conditions

    I don't presently have one but am strongly leaning toward getting one. One concept I had is to use it as a rain cover during hurricanes. Drop the water level to just at the bottom of the skimmer, leave the system open (eyeball is valved) and let the excess rainwater drain off through the skimmer. We typically get 8-16 inches of rain during a big storm, so it cools down, dilutes my chemistry, blows debris in, etc. My expectation is that it would stay in place until the first half inch of rain...then it certainly isn't going anywhere. Comments?
    16X32 AB, Pentair SD filter, 3/4hp Pentair Optiflo, CircuPool RJ30+ swg, TF 100, 19 X 37 igv, Pentair filter, 1hp Pentair Superflo pump.

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