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    DFW folks! UPDATE!

    Does anyone have a solar cover they would like to get rid of, not currently using or would let me borrow? Anything would help. The estimated temperature Saturday was supposed to be in the high 60's but it has steadily dropped (down to 59 now) since I invited a ton of people to my house for my daughter's 9th birthday. I don't know what to do
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    Re: DFW folks!

    Do you have a winter cover? If so you could use it. Evaporation is what causes most heat loss so anything that would slow down the evaporation would help. It may be a pain to don and doff but if you're only doing it once it may be worth it.
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    Re: DFW folks!

    No, I don't have a winter cover either
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    Re: DFW folks!

    hey monkey mom, long time no talk.......

    have you thought about heating it up just for the day?
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    Re: DFW folks!

    hey ajones

    Yes, we are going to heat it up for the party starting on Friday (24 hours) but it supposed to get down to 39 Friday night and only 59 on Saturday. I was hoping a solar cover would help increase the base temperature before we heat it as well as retain the heat and make it heat quicker. Have you heated your pool?
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    Re: DFW folks!

    i have on several occassions.

    the good thing for the next couple of days is that it's going to be 75 or so today and then nearly 80 tomorrow so that will definently help warm the pool up and even now they are saying mid 60's on Saturday so that's somewhat better than the 50's.....

    on the occassions when i heated my pool up it was closer to 70 degrees and i heated it up to 85 in about 6-8 hours but it was warmer outside than it will be on friday night.

    totally get the reason for the cover to assist and that would help keep the heat in. i don't have a solar cover but if i did i would certainly let you use it for the party.

    good luck though, it will be fun just the same. kids swim regardless of water temperatures!!!!!!!
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    Re: DFW folks!

    Our pools are pretty similar, I'm wondering if I am heating it up too soon by starting on Friday? The party is at 2 pm on Saturday. I am worried with the crazy wind around here and the low temperature on Friday night that it might take longer to heat. I need the pool warm for the party or I am hosed!

    I was so excited to see the temp go back up for Saturday and am hoping it will get higher since it is in the high 70s all week besides Saturday!

    Was it expensive to heat your pool? I have no idea what to expect lol!
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    Re: DFW folks!

    my guess would be that the wind will die down sometime during the night but cold is still cold, it will definently drop the temperature. just to be safe if it were me i would start heating it up friday night. maybe set it on 70 or so and then turn it up early saturday morning to your desired temperature or you could just set it friday night to your desired temp and let it go.

    i can't really say how expensive it was but honestly, gas is cheap here in texas so my guess would be that you may see a jump of about 50-100 bucks for that. i will say, i expected to have a whopping gas bill and it was considerably lower than what i anticipated.

    good luck with the party!
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    Re: DFW folks!

    I was told it'd cost a grand a month to heat my pool. I was in disbelief so talked to the folks across the street. Yep, that's what they've been paying! OUCH! I cut my heater out and recycled it (it was old). But, your pool is smaller.

    My pool is currently at 65. I say throw the kids in, they'll be accustomed to it after a while.
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    Re: DFW folks!

    What is your pool temp right now? Even with a cover, ours would still not be warm enough to swim by Friday.

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    Re: DFW folks!

    257Wbymag, our pool was 65 today. I was planning on heating the pool to 82-85. Do you not think that will be warm enough to swim? The cover was just to help retain the heat so the heater would work more efficiently. Do you have one I can borrow? Rent?
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    Re: DFW folks!

    Some of them are relatively inexpensive . You could probably find one for less than 100$ or you could check eBay or better yet Craigslist.
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    Re: DFW folks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey's Mom
    257Wbymag, our pool was 65 today. I was planning on heating the pool to 82-85. Do you not think that will be warm enough to swim? The cover was just to help retain the heat so the heater would work more efficiently. Do you have one I can borrow? Rent?
    Oh, I see now. I didn't notice that you had a heater. I thought that you were hoping to warm the pool by solar cover alone. I would think that 82 to 85 is plenty warm. Hopefully, you won't have to contend with too much wind that day. Any breeze would be chilly when wet I would think.

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    Re: DFW folks!

    I just got out of my pool at 89. The breeze was a bit nippy! It's about 70 here now.
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    Re: DFW folks!

    I'm not swimming but I think the kids won't mind being a bit nippy lol!

    Will a tarp over the pool help retain heat while heating it?

    Lershac do you have a solar cover? What was the temp before you heated it? How long did it take to heat it?
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    Re: DFW folks!

    I'd be real interested in knowing how much it ends up costing you to heat your pool for the day.
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    Re: DFW folks!

    Did you get it warm enough for the party?
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    Re: DFW folks!

    The party was a HUGE success! We started heating it Friday at noon and the party was at 2 pm on Saturday. The starting temperature was 64 degrees and within 4 hours it was up to 71. The sun started setting we went outside to cover it with a tarp. DH said the temp showed 74 but quickly dropped to 69. I stayed up till 1 am and the temp was 74. I did heat the spa a couple times to the 90s and then circulated the pool to see if that would help. It got it from 74-75. We woke up at 7 am and DH turned the remote on and it said 75. I was so ******. The sun was rising and within an hour and a half it was 84. By 10 am it was at 88 and we turned it down to 85. We took the tarp off around 1 pm and the water was amazing at 87. The kids had a blast. We turned the heater off and after the party were able to use the pool until 1 am. The water yesterday was 75 so the kids were able to swim. Today it dropped to 68 but the kids were outside swimming again

    I think we had the heater on about 26 hours for the party. I'll update when I get my gas bill
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    Re: DFW folks! UPDATE!

    Question? With temps above 70 for 48 hours and our SWG turned on to 80% why today was my chlorine level so low? I thought the SWG didn't work when the water was cold, but it was warm while we were heating it. Any ideas?
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    Re: DFW folks! UPDATE!

    I have a pretty good idea where it went.... how many kids were in the pool, and did any of them ever actually get out to go to the restroom?
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