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    Attaching solar blanket to straps

    Hello folks. Just set up my solar cover reel, and was about to attach the blanket to the straps. Instructions say to attach using the plastic screws and attachment plate. The plastic screws were missing from the kit. Does anyone have a suggestion of how I can do a custom job? I would like to get this completed by the weekend, so I don't want to wait for replacement screws to arrive. I searched the forum but couldn't find anything (though I thought I read a method here before). All suggestions welcome!! Thanks.

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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    If you have anything like an ACE Hardware or a mom&pop type hardware store you could take the part the screws are supposed to go in and see if they have plastic or nylon screws that would fit. If the part is too big to cart around you could measure the screw holes and take a picture with you.
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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    That's a good idea. The part is only small so yes, I can take it with me. Thanks!!

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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    On mine there were no screws. The two halve of the attachment plates just snap together with the solar cover between.
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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    After reading your reply I sized up the plates to see if mine were like that, but no such luck!! Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    I'm considering one of these reels. Would you recommend it?
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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    Yes, I am very pleased with mine. I looked at a few different ones that friends own, and I would choose mine if I had to buy again. But this is the first season, so I can't comment on longevity. Perhaps it will fall apart next year! But I doubt it. It seems very sturdy and well built.
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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    Thanks!
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    Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 Test Kit.

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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    I'm looking at the pictures of the reel and installation instructions but still have a question. It looks like in the pictures that the piece with the pin can be removed from the base so that when the reel is removed, there is nothing really sticking up. Not just the pin, but the piece that the pin goes in. Looks to me like it slides away from the pool and out of the base. Is this correct? Also, I hate the idea of putting holes in the pool rail. Does it feel at all like it could cause the rail to crack?
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    Waterway 19" oval sand filter, US Motors EZBN25 1.0 hp 1.5 SPL Pump, BBB (Empty Aqua Smarte System connected, may use during vacation), Barracuda Zodiac 1500,
    Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 Test Kit.

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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    The bracket bolts to the deck. When I lift up the roller the bracket stays on the deck and sticks up about 2 inches. The pin goes through the bracket, but when removed the bracket stays on the deck. You can also get the one on wheels if you were concerned about that.
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    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    We don't have a deck. This would go on the top rail of the pool. http://www.ebay.com/itm/171066464153?ss ... 1423.l2649 The bottom of this looks like it slides out. Is yours like this? Or like this? http://www.americanbestpoolsupply.com/detail/43115.htm So yours is hooked to a deck not the actual pool then?
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    Waterway 19" oval sand filter, US Motors EZBN25 1.0 hp 1.5 SPL Pump, BBB (Empty Aqua Smarte System connected, may use during vacation), Barracuda Zodiac 1500,
    Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 Test Kit.

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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    I believe that picture night be deceiving. It looks like it might slide out, but I don't think that's the case. I believe both those pictures are of the same mounting bracket. Yes, Mine is screwed to deck.
    13'x22'x52" 8,000 gallon ProSeries Pool with Borates
    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
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    AquaPro ECO500 50,000 BTU heat pump
    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    Here'a a picture of my bracket:
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    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
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    AquaPro ECO500 50,000 BTU heat pump
    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    I have the same mounting bracket on my reel (maybe the same reel?) as shown here:

    That one does not show the "sliding bracket" that was shown in the ebay link above. Mine is attached to my pool rail as shown. By the way, I have had a great experience with this style reel centered on my 21' round agp.
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    Re: Attaching solar blanket to straps

    Thanks for the pictures. I emailed the company asking for clarification.
    27' Round X 54" Aqua Leader Sentinelle AGP, Vinyl J hook liner. 18,500 gal.
    Waterway 19" oval sand filter, US Motors EZBN25 1.0 hp 1.5 SPL Pump, BBB (Empty Aqua Smarte System connected, may use during vacation), Barracuda Zodiac 1500,
    Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 Test Kit.

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