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    Cover for a freeform pool?

    Everyone,

    I'm going through my first "winter" (as much as we have in Houston) with my new pool. It's a freeform shape with a waterfall and a round raised hot tub on one end. (see the link in my signature for pictures).

    I've got a 400kBtu heater for the spa and I used it once earlier in the fall to heat up the pool to a comfortable temperature - though that was only about a 10 degree lift. I don't expect to heat the pool often, but when I do, I'd like to get the best use of the heat that I'm putting in.

    I know very little about covers. I'd be interested is putting something on during the heating up process that would reduce heat loss/evaporation to the atmosphere before we're ready to use the pool.

    I could see building a skeleton frame of PVC pipe to span across sections of the pool and covering it with a tarps, but I'm curious of there's a better way to approach it.

    THanks,
    Ed Klein
    My Backyard Setup with Pictures
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    IG plaster pool with waterfall/slide and 10' OD hot tub
    SWCG - Pentair IC-40 with Easytouch 8 automation
    Pentair Intelliflo VS+SVRS filter pump with 150gpm cartridge filter
    Built Summer 2012 - Houston, Texas area

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    Re: Cover for a freeform pool?

    Most of our customers use a solar blanket which is now required per code in our area.

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    Re: Cover for a freeform pool?

    You want a standard solar pool cover, which floats on the surface of the water. Since it is a free form pool you will need to buy one large enough to cover the entire pool and then cut it to fit in the pool at the water line. I recommend getting an inexpensive one, since even the more expensive ones seem to only last a season or two anyway.
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    Re: Cover for a freeform pool?

    Thanks, I shall direct my research along that path.

    Ed Klein
    My Backyard Setup with Pictures
    Pictures of my Build Process
    27,000 gallons total
    IG plaster pool with waterfall/slide and 10' OD hot tub
    SWCG - Pentair IC-40 with Easytouch 8 automation
    Pentair Intelliflo VS+SVRS filter pump with 150gpm cartridge filter
    Built Summer 2012 - Houston, Texas area

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