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    solar cover woes..HELP

    HI all

    well, we are in our 3rd year with our 33ft above ground, and we love it....HOWEVER I have found putting the solar cover (HUGE) on and off is just a royal pain in the keester! The cover is huge, the solar reel is HUGE, and it's just a nasty chore at the end of a day.

    I have been looking at the "solar rings" at Doheny's Water Warehouse...here's the link:
    http://www.doheny.com/poolsupplies/Dohe ... paign=2620


    anyway..are these basically just round pieces of solar cover that you can collect up individually? I really like the idea of going out on the deck, and collecting and stacking up these rings, as opposed to the big old heavy solar cover and reel..but I want to be sure these things actually hold in heat.

    Any help, opinions, anyone use them?????

    Thanks
    Dan
    33' x 52" Swim and Play Inc. PARAGON AGP. Hayward H200 Heater. Hayward Power-Flo LX 1.5hp pump. Sta-Rite Cristal Flo T-210WF Sand Filter. Stenner 45M5 chlorine pump

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    Re: solar cover woes..HELP

    I saw some hexagonal ones that really interested me. They have Velcro on the sides to help hold them together on the surface. But my husband likes the huge cover we have. Though I laugh b/c my cover is pretty small compared to yours.

    Anyway, I'd like to hear feedback on these also.
    Cindy

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    Sandpro 4511 sand filter and pump

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    Re: solar cover woes..HELP

    I liked the idea, too, because even with a small pool, the cover is hard to remove. But at the end of it, I decided against the circles. They're expensive for what they are, and I think that the wind could play havoc with them--lightweight smaller pieces, lots of edge to catch a breeze--they could be in the next county before you know they're gone.
    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 woes..HELP

    I too have a love/hate relationship w/my solar cover. Something us further north have to deal with until them overnight temps get a little higher. Hubby hates a "cold" pool... anything below 80, well, probably more like 82.
    Indiana, ABG 24'x52" Galveston by Blue Cascade (Craigslist buy w/part of deck included), 13,500 gallons, Intex SWG, solar panels mix 2, TF-100 test kit.

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    Re: solar cover woes..HELP

    Oh dear. 80 or 82? My kids teeth start chattering at those temps! . We like our water amnice toasty 86 at the minimum, most days now we are trying to cool it off from 90 or higher.
    Cindy

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    Re: solar cover woes..HELP

    wow..80 degrees sounds tropically heavenly..my grandson & friends were in @ 72 f. today & having fun..here in Wash. state its the 1st of a few nice sunny days..way overdue. but we can get the pool up 84 after some really nice days & putting the solar cover on every single nite..yep it's a paim it

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    Re: solar cover woes..HELP

    Quote Originally Posted by LauleaHere&There
    I liked the idea, too, because even with a small pool, the cover is hard to remove. But at the end of it, I decided against the circles. They're expensive for what they are, and I think that the wind could play havoc with them--lightweight smaller pieces, lots of edge to catch a breeze--they could be in the next county before you know they're gone.
    That is why the hexagons interest me, would they be more or less likely to have problems since they have the Velcro to hold them together.

    I may have to order some and see. I despise the big bulky solar cover.
    Cindy

    4.8 K gallon AGP: sharkline opera 12'x17'x52"
    Sandpro 4511 sand filter and pump

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    Re: solar cover woes..HELP

    Hi Dan, Someone on here suggested this approach to me and it's been working well for us. Cut your cover into sections. I have a 30' round and cut my cover in half. I also though about cutting it in thirds, but this seems to work pretty well.

    I was unwilling to spend the money on a reel large enough (and of good quality) to handle my cover and this approach enables my wife & daughters to get the cover on and off easily.

    Bob
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    Re: solar cover woes..HELP

    If you go w/the hexagon ones let us know how they work out... would love to know before we replace ours what the general opinion is of them.

    Ours is cut in half because of an idea I had to try and make the cover easier to manipulate. We ended up putting zip ties through it and putting it on a reel in the end. With it cut in half it's very difficult for me to manage by myself. Hubby can do it but even for him it's a chore. Always had to be sure there wasn't anything important in my pockets before I attempted removal... the loss of a cell phone would put me over the top w/solar covers

    Yes, 80 has finally got here and we've enjoyed it. Luckily we've climbed past it and seen 84 a couple of times. It was a cool rainy start to the summer ... hopefully we'll get some use out of the pool now
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