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    Solar Covers and size

    I am about to finally get around to getting a solar cover and I have a few questions. I know that the reel is recommended, but I have a few issues with that and wanted to get input on what I am thinking. The reel would 1) be too hard for my hubby with herniated disc to do on his own, and 2) I worry about the dogs falling in and getting caught. I was thinking about cutting it up in large squares that would still cover a majority of the pool and would be easier to remove AND if a dog feel in, there would not be the worry of getting tangled up and drowning.
    Thoughts?? Thanks!
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    Re: Solar Covers and size

    It would work, but I think you'll be surprised how heavy a wet section will be. If you can put the reel at the end of the pool, you can put wheels on it and just roll it out of the way. That would be less effort than lifting a reel or cover.

    I don't think it will be a huge safety improvement either for the dogs, although it might give them a chance to get between the sections and swim. I swam under my cover a few years ago just to see what it was like, and I was amazed at the way the cover sticks to the water.
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    Re: Solar Covers and size

    once the cover is wet.. a 6x6' section is still going to weigh alot when soaking wet.. and any smaller then that would probably become Tedious (in my opinion)
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    Re: Solar Covers and size

    Get a good roller and it shouldn't be too hard. I like the rocky roller.
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    Re: Solar Covers and size

    Thanks for the input!! Now I need to get er done, the cool front feels great outside but brrrrr, the pool just got too cold!!
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