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    Question re cutting new solar cover

    I am replacing my solar cover and am planning to fit it differently this time, but wondered if any of you have tried this and if there were any problems. I was reading how to cut a solar cover on an Australian website and their instructions say to have a "lip" go up around the sides rather than cutting it to fit just to the edge. I like this idea because doing that will keep the leaves from falling into the pool over the edges of the cover. I'd appreciate hearing any thoughts anyone has on this.

    Just about every Australian site that gives instructions says to leave an upturn on the sides. Here is an example:

    http://www.abgal.com.au/how-to-install- ... anket.aspx


    Thanks.

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    Re: Question re cutting new solar cover

    If you leave a lip the wind will blow the cover off the pool.
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    Re: Question re cutting new solar cover

    Even if the upturn is below the coping?

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    Re: Question re cutting new solar cover

    Quote Originally Posted by georgygirl
    Even if the upturn is below the coping?
    In my experience, yes. I left the cover curled up a little on my ladder last spring and it pulled it off.

    The wind rolls the cover up and if it's high enough it can lift the cover.
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    Re: Question re cutting new solar cover

    I'm tempted to try it. I'm thinking at the ladder, the wind could get behind it. But if the upturn is flush on the tiles, it might not. I worry that mold or algae would grow on the tiles under it. Guess I'll test it...can always cut it back if it creates an issue.

    I've had a problem with the wind getting under the portion that was cut away where the spa spills into the pool and folding the cover back. Trying to figure out a different way to handle that area.

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    Re: Question re cutting new solar cover

    I have a lip on mine and it hasn't blown off. With my last cover I let it sit flat, and too much water got on top of it. Leave a lip; if it blows around you can always cut it smaller.
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    Re: Question re cutting new solar cover

    Great! Thanks.

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    Re: Question re cutting new solar cover

    I'd start with leaving a lip because you'll still have extra material you can cut away if you find that its not working as planned, if you cut short the first time you can't go back.
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    Re: Question re cutting new solar cover

    Update:

    I cut the cover with a lip around the pool and a flap going into each skimmer. I put drain grommets (so far 6) at strategic locations around the pool about 1 1/2' from the edge. I love it already. I cut it about five times now to be sure it fit correctly and I wasn't cutting too much off...and it's still in the process of flattening out. The pool is freeform, at it's widest it's 24' and at it's longest it's 40'. I ordered a 44' cover, but was sent a 40', so I'm going to have to piece the end and have found that heating it with a lighter works well to bond it together.

    Went out this morning for another fitting/cutting and discovered skinny pink worms wiggling on the top. We've had several days of rain and they probably fell from from the trees. It was so simple to take the pool broom and sweep the top into the skimmer, since I cut a flap to go into the skimmer opening. In the past these little worms would have fallen over the sides of the cover into the pool.

    I think the solar cover is finally also going to help me keep the pool clean.

    I'm also installing a Rocky's EZ roller. Can't wait for summer!

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