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Thread: Do I need to buy pool Pillows?

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    drmac22's Avatar
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    May 2013
    Swisher, Iowa

    Do I need to buy pool Pillows?

    Got an above ground 21 foot pool and this is the first time I am closing it. Hearing about the pool pillows and wondering if I need to use these to properly close my pool. Why couldn't I just use the two large Float rings I have to do the same job as the pillows? Just asking because I don't know. Thanks!
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    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: Do I need to buy pool Pillows?

    Pool pillows are not really needed, I don't use them with my fine mesh winter cover. What type of cover do you have? I would guess the float rings will work if you do want to use them as a pillow.
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    Gurnee, IL (North Suburban Chi-town)

    Re: Do I need to buy pool Pillows?

    If the cover is solid, you just need something to keep it from sinking under the weight of a winter's worth of rainwater/snow/etc.
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