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    need a winter cover but no room

    i need to figure out some way to cover pool for the winter. i have a deck built all around the pool . there is no way to get a regular agp cover between pool and deck. would like to get an inground safety cover and attach it to deck but cant afford it right now. what are my other choices thx.
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    Re: need a winter cover but no room

    One option is to use water bags as weights to hold a standard agp winter cover to your deck.
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    Re: need a winter cover but no room

    would a tarp work doing it like that with the waterbags would like to keep the expense to a minimum this yr and buy a good winter safety cover next yr
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    Re: need a winter cover but no room

    An opaque tarp should work fine.
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    Re: need a winter cover but no room

    i just seen on the big interweb a mesh agp cover this will allow rain and snow melt water through but keep all the nasties out it was $80 this should work as long as it is secured to the deck properly . wht do you think
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    Re: need a winter cover but no room

    If it is the type of mesh cover that totally blocks the sunlight (that is what I have...I think it was called "fine mesh") then I would say that is a good choice.
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    Re: need a winter cover but no room

    would the regular mesh not work. too much sunlight get through. the micro mesh are a lot higher priced
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    Re: need a winter cover but no room

    Good question, I am not sure. Mine is not "micro mesh"...those are more expensive...mine is "fine mesh". "Mesh" may be okay, but again, you do not want sun getting through.
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    Re: need a winter cover but no room

    yeah i found one for $100 bucks fine mesh says it blocks nearly all sunlight . should work i am just going to wrap the edges around some 2x2s and screw them to the deck should work fine.
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    Re: need a winter cover but no room

    Years ago when my sister-in-law lived here in NY she had an above ground with a wrap around deck. Having no way to use a conventional cover mounting system, I came up with this idea. I installed t-nuts http://www.zorotools.com/g/00057017/k-G ... g_Feed&kw={keyword}&gclid=COT6hNXAybkCFRIaOgod9AgAVQ I the wood deck. I used the cover as a template to drill the holes. After I marked out the hole locations I moved all of them in 3-4 inches to allow some slack in the cover. I used Stainless t-nuts and stainless pan head machine screws to bolt the cover down. We used a plastic 55 gal drum from the hardware store for a float (I still use one on mine). This worked well to keep the cover in place. Some debris did blow in under the edges due to the slack we allowed for. Water tubes would probably eliminate this. Never tried them as she moved to Dallas a couple years later.
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