I have a few holes in my cover and I want to use duct tape to patch it. A couple holes are pretty big, like a quarter slot on soda machines but they are over the deck area, while others are 1-2mm and a couple about 3mm.
I know it should probably be patched with the real patch that's made of the same material, but I have dozens of these little holes and patching them all will be costly and time consuming.
I have a "Scotch Tough duct tape" which is rated 5/6 stars for strength and 6/6 for weather-ability. This tape seems to be very strong and I'm afraid I won't be able to take it off the cover, if I decide to do that. At the same time, I'm closing tomorrow and don't really have time to get self sticking patches which someone recommended.
So, should I try this duct tape? Also, should I patch it from the bottom and the top or just the top? I know patching both sides is better, but I'm afraid of duct tape coming off and getting stuck in pipes.
Pool guys I use lower water below skimmers, but right above returns. They say it's better for the cover.
Last winter I didn't have holes patched and I ended up with water level 3-4" over skimmer bottom when I opened the pool. I use gizmos in skimmers, but I'd think it'd be better if skimmers had no water during winter.
The cover is solid, about 6-7 years old. made by Anchor. Anchor patches can be ordered at pool stores only and they are over $50 for about 6x10
Which solid patches are good and where can they be purchased at reasonable prices?
Also, the wind is very strong here and it gets under the cover and then pushes cover down rubbing cover against icy edges of the deck cooping. My cover comes with rubber anchors which I guess are rubber so they can stretch, making it easier on the cover. I was thinking of using water bags to prevent the air from getting under the cover, but water bags would limit rubber anchor's ability to stretch putting more stress on the cover. Any suggestions on how to handle this? Is there a specific material that can be attached to the bottom of the cover in the area where it rubs against deck?