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    My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    I finally have everything finished for the summer. I've added solar heater this year. I' ve made my version of Solar Cover saddles, it use to be a pain to take solar cover off and leave it on the grass because when you went to put it back on all that debris that got stuck to the cover would end up in my clean pool. I got some 3/4 pvc pipe and fittings and made my version of a solar holder. I've upgraded pump and filter, added through the wall skimmer and water feature. I added (Skim-it) as well, helps keep the pool cleaner, actually works. I hope you like, alot of hard work and alot of weekends goes into setting these up. It's all in the prep work, as all of us intex owners know. It keeps the kids happy on those hot summer days. I'm very happy with the Ultra Frame, I had an easy set for one summer and got rid of it, I'll have this til I decide to go with something more permanent.
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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    Love your solar cover saddles! I never would have thought of that...

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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    I really like your idea- thanks for sharing it! How many holders does it take, and what size pool do you have?
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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    I like it
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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    how are your PVC hangers attached? great idea and looks great!
    phil
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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilGillis
    how are your PVC hangers attached? great idea and looks great!
    phil
    I'm wanting to know this as well. That's a great cost effective idea.

    I planned on trying to attach metal hooks with magnets around the pool to hold a skimmer net and the vacuum hose stuff, but figure that wouldn't work with a solar cover. I suppose it wouldn't be too bad to drill and tap a few holes here and there on the supports to attach hooks unless there's a less "destructive" and permanent way of attaching things.
    Mike

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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    The cover saddle rocks!!! Can we get some close up shots of it... that is as long as you're willing to share
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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    I see the attachment method now looking at the 2nd pic. Just zipped tied on to the pole.
    Mike

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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers
    I see the attachment method now looking at the 2nd pic. Just zipped tied on to the pole.
    Thanks I see that as well. Didn't catch it before. Great idea.
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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    I was playing with the idea of using hose clamps at first, I thought it would remove the finish off the legs after awhile and start to rust. I don't want that. I decided to drill 3 holes in the pvc, and ran 14" zipties through and around the leg, I pulled them very tight and they are working just fine. The pool comes down in Sept on my vacation so the zipties will make it easy for them to come off.

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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    ahhh I see now that you guys have pointed it out.

    Still just a great idea!
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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    What a great idea for the pool cover saddle!
    We are going to borrow (ahem, steal) that idea!
    Can you share the dimensions of the PVC pipe, if you have them handy?
    BTW, what type of thru wall skimmer did you install?
    Cheers,

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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    Very nice setup, and a really great idea on the hangers.
    Samantha

    In the process of building for a 22' Intex Ultra Frame, (completion date up in the air at this point).
    We could not beat our backyard into submission so we "Buried It".

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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    Ewww, you should have patented those PVC solar cover saddles when you had a chance ... I'm stealing the idea, too!

    Thanks for sharing! What a great idea!
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    Solar Cover, used and a Patch Kit, now used.

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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    Would it be possible to get a list of the materials you used and instructions on how to do this? My husband is not very adept needless to say with tools and this looks like something I could do!
    Chris
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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    Quote Originally Posted by lamboman316
    I finally have everything finished for the summer. I've added solar heater this year. I' ve made my version of Solar Cover saddles, it use to be a pain to take solar cover off and leave it on the grass because when you went to put it back on all that debris that got stuck to the cover would end up in my clean pool. I got some 3/4 pvc pipe and fittings and made my version of a solar holder. I've upgraded pump and filter, added through the wall skimmer and water feature. I added (Skim-it) as well, helps keep the pool cleaner, actually works. I hope you like, alot of hard work and alot of weekends goes into setting these up. It's all in the prep work, as all of us intex owners know. It keeps the kids happy on those hot summer days. I'm very happy with the Ultra Frame, I had an easy set for one summer and got rid of it, I'll have this til I decide to go with something more permanent.
    Can I ask you about your heating system? Are you happy with it? Which one are you using?
    thanks
    Intex above ground Rect UltraFrame 12x24x52, 8500gal. Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump 14". Intex SWG.

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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    Hi Everyone,

    I just want to share my solar cover holders, that was inspired by Lamboman316. It's working very well! Easy to fold and unfold.

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    Intex above ground Rect UltraFrame 12x24x52, 8500gal. Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump 14". Intex SWG.

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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    Nice! This is going on the Honey-Do List.
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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    I know this is an old thread. How are these solar panel holders working.

    I am surprised that you could simply zip tie them to the pole and not have them drop down.

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    Re: My 16x48 ultra frame up and ready to go!!

    Quote Originally Posted by lamboman316 View Post
    I finally have everything finished for the summer. I've added solar heater this year. I' ve made my version of Solar Cover saddles, it use to be a pain to take solar cover off and leave it on the grass because when you went to put it back on all that debris that got stuck to the cover would end up in my clean pool. I got some 3/4 pvc pipe and fittings and made my version of a solar holder. I've upgraded pump and filter, added through the wall skimmer and water feature. I added (Skim-it) as well, helps keep the pool cleaner, actually works. I hope you like, alot of hard work and alot of weekends goes into setting these up. It's all in the prep work, as all of us intex owners know. It keeps the kids happy on those hot summer days. I'm very happy with the Ultra Frame, I had an easy set for one summer and got rid of it, I'll have this til I decide to go with something more permanent.
    Curious how this is holding up as well, are those 0.75" or 1.5" pvc pipes, 60 degree, 45 and 90 bends?. Also curious how much of a boost those solar panels give you in early season (ie: does 50s water become 70 etc) and which brand and do you use an actuator with them?

    Thanks
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