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Thread: Anchors or water bags?

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    Anchors or water bags?

    It's that time, and I'm getting ready to close my pool for the first time. The pool came with the house I bought, and it already has the safety cover anchors. I'm not planning on using a safety cover again, but I was wondering if I could use the anchors and some rope/bungee to install the winter cover, and save on the expense/trouble of water bags. This would probably mean the cover doesn't touch the surface of the water, and I might have an occasional snowfall on it too.

    Thoughts/Concerns?

    Thanks!
    33,000 Gallon, 20x40 Vinyl Inground, 500sq feet cartridge filter, 3/4 HP Hayward Super Pump, Installed 6/2013. Central Virginia, USA

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    Re: Anchors or water bags?

    I would not recommend it. That cover is not made to act like a safety cover. It will probably just rip (in short order)...if you try and install it that way. It's not meant to hold that much pressure. I would either invest in an economical safety cover or water bags. Water bags don't tend to last more than a year or 2 so expect to replace them occasionally.
    24' round above ground, 13500 gallons, vinyl liner, 18" Sand Filter

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    Re: Anchors or water bags?

    Thanks PJ, I can understand not stretching it out across the pool. Now I'm wondering if I can drop it on the surface of the water, perhaps put some water to weigh it down and use rope to attach it to the anchors. Is there any reason to have water bags, or are they just to hold the cover in place?
    33,000 Gallon, 20x40 Vinyl Inground, 500sq feet cartridge filter, 3/4 HP Hayward Super Pump, Installed 6/2013. Central Virginia, USA

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