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    Pool Dome

    Here is my DIY Pool dome.
    Made a cap geodesic dome out of 1/2 inch metal electrical conduit.
    Covered with 1.5 mil plastic
    Having my first ever Bday poil party for my self This weekend.
    This is in central PA
    Will let you know how things go.
    Pool temp was 50 degrees yesterday am now at 70deg just got cover on hope to see faster increase now.



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    Re: Pool Dome

    That's awesome! Is there a door in the dome? Do you remove it when using the pool or use the pool with the dome on?

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    Going to work on the door tomorrow will be putting a pop up cover on the deck the plastic back to dome to have a warm drying area. Will be using it with dome in place For this year it willbe a one time thing as I don't think it will support snow.
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    Re: Pool Dome

    Cost
    Conduit $120
    Plastic $75
    nuts bolts $15
    Total $210

    Heater free from craigslist
    Gasline $75 craigslist
    Gas fittings $30
    Labor mostly diy inviting neighbors to party for their help lifting dome onto poll
    Swimming with 3 yr old daughter outside in 40 degree weather should be priceless
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    Re: Pool Dome

    That's pretty cool. Would be neat to swim during the first snow.
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    Re: Pool Dome

    They do have blow up domes just in case you didn't know. Looks cool! Spray foam the sides of the pool!
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    Re: Pool Dome

    Quote Originally Posted by imwarren
    Going to work on the door tomorrow will be putting a pop up cover on the deck the plastic back to dome to have a warm drying area. Will be using it with dome in place For this year it willbe a one time thing as I don't think it will support snow.
    Just cut away the covering when it snows and recover later rather than allowing it to buckle.

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    Cover is removeable
    Made clip to hold to the conduit
    Plan on putting back on in April to start about 2 months early next year
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    Re: Pool Dome

    Quote Originally Posted by imwarren
    Cover is removeable
    Made clip to hold to the conduit
    Plan on putting back on in April to start about 2 months early next year
    Nice!

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    Re: Pool Dome

    I would be interested in something like this for that price, but I would need more details on how to construct it.

    How much does the heater have to run? I'm assuming on sunny days it can get quite nice in there
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    Re: Pool Dome

    Got my info from multiple web site
    Domearama
    Desertdomes
    Theyhave great info and step by step instruction and other link
    The dome I made was a level set cap dome the link on my iPod isn't working will try on pc later
    The cap dome is shorter the the regular half dome so less plastic
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    updated photos showing drying tent and door way to pool.
    Water temp 92
    air inside dome 65
    drying tent 50
    Outside temp 35
    wind 5 to 10 mph
    Only heat sorce is pool heater no sun today
    This has worked as well if not better then I had hoped


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    Re: Pool Dome

    Have you been watching the gas meter to see how often the heater has to run to maintain the water temp? That's what I would be most interested in. Unless it's running nonstop this looks like an awesome setup!

    Oh, also -- have you had any wind gusts?

    This might have to be my spring project for early swimming. I will have to spend all winter convincing my fiance that it's not ridiculous I'm assuming since it would only need to be used for 2 sessions a year that assembly and dis-assembly wouldn't be that big of a deal.
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    Re: Pool Dome

    Once the water was at temp the heater cycled about as much as it did at end of normal swim season I haven't got to check meter yet to see full usage
    We had some gust but didn't feel any inside dome
    I left solar cover on while it was on no fog/steam within minutes of removing it would fill with fog
    Have many improvements in mind for spring time
    If overall gas usage isn't extremly high for the 4 days I most likely will try April 1 for opening day
    Wish I had monitered meter on at least a daily basis to see howmuch was used to get to temp compared to maintaining heat
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    Re: Pool Dome

    Quote Originally Posted by imwarren
    Once the water was at temp the heater cycled about as much as it did at end of normal swim season I haven't got to check meter yet to see full usage
    We had some gust but didn't feel any inside dome
    I left solar cover on while it was on no fog/steam within minutes of removing it would fill with fog
    Have many improvements in mind for spring time
    If overall gas usage isn't extremly high for the 4 days I most likely will try April 1 for opening day
    Wish I had monitered meter on at least a daily basis to see howmuch was used to get to temp compared to maintaining heat
    So after you get in the dome fills with fog - that could be an issue if it was thick enough to obscure vision but I assume it isn't.
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    Fog was thick at times had to closely moniter swimmers but not so bad that we were more concerned then normal night swim
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    Re: Pool Dome

    Ok rough numbers are in
    Used 16 mcf natural gas
    Turned heater on on wednesday temp was 50 deg
    Temp reached 92 deg Friday night
    So useing some false assumption ( no heat loss during heating etc) math show I would have used 5.5 mcf to get 42 deg of heat rise
    To maintain that from Friday thru Sunday would have used 4 mcf per day
    My current gas rates are $7.70 per mcf
    My over all cost was $125.5
    Cost of first heating $42.35
    Cost per day to maintain $33.88
    If I maintained for 1 month $1016.40
    Youcould heat to lower temp but I feel to maintain a comfortable air temp in dome took the 92 deg

    Might try may 1st as start date (normal is 3rd week in may). And run those numbers
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    Re: Pool Dome

    VERY interesting DIY project. Nice work.

    What city and state do you live in? (snow load?)
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    Re: Pool Dome

    Altoona pa
    Without plastic in should be snow safe
    Could have went with 3/4 or 1 inch conduit to be snow safe with a heavier plastic
    I did see in my research a calculator for the effect of snow on domes to use to figure what size pipe to use to make it snow safe to bad building it to that level was out of my budget
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    Without plastic in should be snow safe
    Of course.....color me stupid!! Somehow, I assumed you intended to leave the plastic on all winter. I will reads more carefully next time.
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