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Thread: Solar Cover Reel Necessary?

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    Bjarni's Avatar
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    May 2012
    Albuquerque, NM

    Solar Cover Reel Necessary?

    Just getting started in this whole pool thing. Im sure I will have several noob questions over the next few months, so I'll apologize now.

    I am in the process of getting the pool installed right now. It should be ready the first part of July. My pool is an in-ground, fiberglass pool which is kidney shaped and measures 12' X 24'.
    I am going to purchase a solar cover to use with it but I'm not sure if I really need a reel. The size of the cover is probably small enough and light enough to manually remove/replace and fold up. I might be missing something here though. I'm wondering if the reel not only helps roll it up, but if it also helps with longevity that may be affected by folding and un-folding it?

    Thanks all!
    9K gal. IG Fiberglass Pool
    1 HP Pentair SuperFlo Pump
    240 sqft. Pentair Cartridge Filter

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    Re: Solar Cover Reel Necessary?

    For me, Yes! Taking the cover off and putting on everyday without a reel gets to be a drag. Plus it's stored neatly on the reel when not in use especially over the winter. Ours is a Rocky's rollers system,

    Gary R.
    18 X 32 Oval Inground Gunite Pool 20,000 Gallons Epoxy Painted in 2012
    Tagelus Sand Filter TA 60 D/TA 60-Hayward Super Pumps 1 H.P.
    Ray-Pac Heater 266,000 BTU, KLeen Machine Pool Cleaner
    Solar Cover-Rocky's Pool Cover Reel-Intermatic T104R Timer
    TF-100 Test Kit-PoolSkim Skimmer

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