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    Mesh Winter Cover?

    Newbie pool owner here... looking to get my ducks in a row for winter (bummer) and really appreciated this thread. I'm going to take my chances and go with the mesh, as it just seems to make more sense to me.

    I found a great deal here: ... pool+cover and wondered if anyone is familiar with this particular cover... it really looks to me like trampoline mat fabric (which would be pretty tough, I think).

    I have some questions, though... might be stupid ones, but like I said, I'm a newbie...

    I know I need to drain the water to below the skimmer & return and plan to remove all the hoses and threaded inserts, etc. so any freezing won't damage them, but here's my question - I remember reading a post from a pool guy on this forum somewhere about damage to skimmer/return from ice if the water level didn't stay below them as the ice can turn... So how do you make sure that water level increase from freeze/melt on the cover doesn't make the water get up that high? is it really that big of a danger? I'm in Ohio, so I fully expect the whole pool to be one big ice block about January or February, with a potential for several feet of snow on a cover (we have gotten as much as 21" in a day... but last year prob. didn't get that much all winter combined).

    This leads to my other question - one of the posters mentioned a homemade "tree" they put under the cover (basically a ball held in the middle of the pool by cords, instead of an air pillow), which also seems like a great idea to me - gives some slope to the cover, which may help the wind blow leaves/snow off of it. I'd love to know how they (or anyone for that matter) have accomplished that... I'm all for learning from others experience!

    Thanks so much for any input folks might have - I'm so grateful for this site... it's been such an amazing resource - I've told anyone I know with pools about TFP!
    18' round Hand-me-down AGP ~8600 gallons
    Intex 2,500 Gallon Cartridge Filter Pump and Krystal Clear Saltwater System
    TF100 test kit - and thankful to TFP for giving me the knowledge and courage to take care of our pool!

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    May 2009

    Re: Mesh Winter Cover?

    Well, since no one has responded to you yet, I will weigh in.
    I do not drain my pool anymore. I have a "tupperware" type seal for the skimmer and a plug for the return. I have not had to add water to the pool when I open in many years. I am also using a mesh cover so water and snow doesn't sit on the cover very long and put undue stress on the walls. Overflow just goes over the walls. I am sure someone will chime in with other ideas,m but I am in Pennsylvania and have not had a problem doing it this way.
    28 foot doughboy AGP, dug out to 5 foot, about 18,000 gallons
    1 1/2 HP pump and 100 lb sand filter
    South Central Pennsylvania

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