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    28' Solar cover for 33' pool???????

    I just found a 28' solar cover, brand new, listed on Craigslist for $50.00. The box in the photo shows it is a "Solar-Cell Sunblanket".

    My question is.....our AGP is 33' and this is for a 28' pool. Will it be effective or does the whole pool have to be covered for it to be able to hold the heat in?

    Is anyone familiar with this brand? Good or not? It looks blue in color, not clear.

    Does a solar cover go bad just sitting on a shelf? The ad says it was a back up and has not been used. (however, this is Craigslist)

    What do you think?
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    Re: 28' Solar cover for 33' pool???????

    I'd think 85% of surface area coverage would be fine. Cover should be fine if unused. They break down due to sun and chemicals and handling. For 50 bucks, I'd try it.
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    Re: 28' Solar cover for 33' pool???????

    I'm going to disagree - sorry Woody... solar "blankets" work best at holding heat IN. The heat gained during the heating of the day. With that big of a gap around the perimeter - I don't see how it would work as well... jMHO
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    Re: 28' Solar cover for 33' pool???????

    True the main advantage of a cover is reduced heat loss due to evaporation. So saving 85% of the heat is better than nothing. But I do not know how much a correct size cover would cost.

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    Re: 28' Solar cover for 33' pool???????

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    True the main advantage of a cover is reduced heat loss due to evaporation. So saving 85% of the heat is better than nothing. But I do not know how much a correct size cover would cost.

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    The 33' round solar covers that I have found are usually over $200 and closer to $240ish. So this would be a huge savings, however, if it will not be effective, then maybe not worth the bargain.

    Any other input?

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    Re: 28' Solar cover for 33' pool???????

    It definitely won't work as well as a 33', but if the choice is between a 28' and nothing, I would go with the 28' for $50. Otherwise, I'd put that $50 towards the 33' if you are inclined to get one at some point anyway. It is a good deal relative to a 33', 25% of the price with 85% of the coverage.
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    Re: 28' Solar cover for 33' pool???????

    Quote Originally Posted by Pauls234
    It definitely won't work as well as a 33', but if the choice is between a 28' and nothing, I would go with the 28' for $50. Otherwise, I'd put that $50 towards the 33' if you are inclined to get one at some point anyway. It is a good deal relative to a 33', 25% of the price with 85% of the coverage.
    A 28' cover will only cover about 72% of a 33' pool. You can't just compare the diameter because surface area increases with the square of the radius. 28/33 is 85%, but 282/332 is only about 72%.
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    Re: 28' Solar cover for 33' pool???????

    I just cut down a 20' x 40' solar cover to fit on my 27' round abg pool that I got off craigslist for $40. It seems to help with the temp, definitely helps keep it cleaner and cuts down a little on chlorine consumption. The upper surface is filthy with pollen and road dust in just a week of use.
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    Re: 28' Solar cover for 33' pool???????

    solarcovers.com has an 8mil blue 33' for $143.99.

    Supreme 12mil blue is $173.99.

    $200+ would be for the clear/black/"space age" @ 12-16mil
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