Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Solar blanket -- to cut into pieces or not?

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    2

    Re: Solar blanket -- to trim or not to trim?

    I have just installed a 27' Above ground pool and like all of you I want to get the longest season as possible. As a kid I remember the solar cover helping to do this. I have found that there are different color and different thickness of solar covers. Have any of you found either of these options being more important than the other? I remember it being somewhat of a struggle to wrestle of the pool so I am liking the idea of cutting it into manageable pieces. After cutting has the wind really been an issue for any of you? I tend to have plenty of wind at my house. Thanks For the replies.

  2. Back To Top    #2
    Melt In The Sun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    3,899

    Re: Solar blanket -- to cut into pieces or not?

    Well, a reel would make things even easier than cutting it into pieces, but it is an additional cost. I've never cut mine but would be worried that water would get on top of the cover around all of the cuts.
    11,200 gal, Pebble-Tec; Tristar 2-speed 1hp - Swimclear 325 ft2 cart - SWG - A & A in-floor cleaner - Heat pump. For the poolside cooking, a Yoder Wichita and a Big Steel Keg!
    TF Test Kits -- PoolMath -- Pool School
    Make each day your masterpiece. - John Wooden

  3. Back To Top    #3
    SuzyAbbott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Hamilton, NJ
    Posts
    127

    Re: Solar blanket -- to cut into pieces or not?

    I cut ours into thirds for our 24' round. MUCH easier to deal with and no need to deal with a reel that we only need for a month in spring and fall. I pull each piece, hose it off and accordian fold it on the ground next to the pool, when putting back on just unfold it and use the skimmer pole to push it across. No way I could deal with it in one piece AND no reel to deal with/mount/store! Good Luck!
    24' Sharkline Matrix. Coral Reef Liner. Clearwater II Cartridge Filter. Saltron Retro Salt WaterGenerator. 4x20 Ecosaver Solar Panels, Rover Jr. robot vac. Fiberglass Steps and Lifesaver pool fence/gate.

    Previous pool: 9x18 intex with salt water generator and vinylworks 5x10 deck.

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Newton, NC
    Posts
    157

    Re: Solar blanket -- to cut into pieces or not?

    We have an inground fiberglass pool. I cut the solar cover in half and put a roller (see http://solarfactory.com/index.php) on each half. This way one person can remove or put on the cover.
    Vince L

    16' x 37' fiberglass pool, 8' fiberglass spa, Hayward Swimclear C3030 filter, Hayward EcoStar VS pump, Goldline Pro Logic PL-PS-8, Goldline SWCG, Goldline Sense & Dispense pH control, Fiberstars LED's in pool & spa, AquaCal SQ175R heat pump, SR Smith Typhoon slide, Polaris 9300xi robotic cleaner, TF-100 Test Kit

  5. Back To Top    #5
    Casey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SW PA
    Posts
    10,157

    Re: Solar blanket -- to cut into pieces or not?

    I just pulled my solar cover out of the garage... it's in 4 pieces. I just cut it up the seams and roll it out across the pool water from one end to the other. I don't get a pool of water on top of it from the cuts either.

    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Souderton, PA
    Posts
    104

    Re: Solar blanket -- to cut into pieces or not?

    We have a 30 foot round with no commercially available reels for that size. The largest I have found is 28 feet. Last year, when we got the pool, I initially wanted to cut it into quarters. I cut it in half and then cut one half in half again. My husband stopped me from cutting the 2nd half into quarters and I now wish I had not cut the other in quarters. it is far easier to roll up one large half then to wrestle with the smaller pieces - at least for anyone in my family. Try going it slowly by cutting it in half and then see if it is manageable. If not you can always cut it down further - it would be nearly impossible to tape it back together. No water gets on top. The cover just lays there. My husband fashioned his own solar cover saddles, 5 or six of them, but often we just roll the cover pieces up on the side if it is just my husband and I and no small children around. BTW wind never really seems to be much of a problem. I think the water gets in between the air pockets and kind of has a grip on the water. Now if it was a really strong gale it might be different, but we never lost it in thunderstorms.
    30 ft. round Aqua Leader agp with dished out center 23,800 gallons; 1.5 hp Hayward pro matrix pump; Hayward EC50 DE filter; solar panels; solar cover

  7. Back To Top    #7
    Casey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SW PA
    Posts
    10,157

    Re: Solar blanket -- to cut into pieces or not?

    Do you have a deck Wiggledog? I'm going to see if I can bungee cord my pieces out of the way til I get a deck. I'm not sure if it will work yet but I'm going to try it. I just cut mine right down the seams and trimmed to fit the pool.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

  8. Back To Top    #8

    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Souderton, PA
    Posts
    104

    Re: Solar blanket -- to cut into pieces or not?

    We do have a deck and we tried putting the pieces up on that but it was heavy to push up and out, especially the side we only cut in half. We also have three dogs who come up on the deck while we are in the pool and found the solar cover irresistible to lay in - much as they did the winter cover when we took that off . I know cover don't last long but I am sure the dogs can ruin them in less than a day if they are bored. If you don't have the canine issue I think the bungee cords might be a nice idea. We don't have any small children here so at least half of the time we just have the covers rolled up on the side of the pool - if we don't have company. It doesn't look great but it works if I am swimming laps.
    30 ft. round Aqua Leader agp with dished out center 23,800 gallons; 1.5 hp Hayward pro matrix pump; Hayward EC50 DE filter; solar panels; solar cover

  9. Back To Top    #9
    Casey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SW PA
    Posts
    10,157

    Re: Solar blanket -- to cut into pieces or not?

    I have 2 Boxers and a Rottweiler so I know all about their antics! I had just pushed the solar cover to one side of the pool but they ended up falling over the edge and getting muddy! I figured if I could wrap the cord around them and fasten them to the side rail, it'd at least keep them from falling in the mud!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

  10. Back To Top    #10

    Re: Solar blanket -- to cut into pieces or not?

    I cut mine in to 2 pieces, this year I bought nylon straps with buckles to fasten it together (in the center) and also 4 points on the edge. This way the wind won't blow it out constantly.

    I also got crossovers (plastic squares) to feed the straps through. Once it's sunny enough I will glue them to the cover, but so far the holes haven't ripped any bigger even with 30-50mph winds. Last year I was using string.

    When I'm not using the solar blanket I cover it with a tarp. This is the third season and I think it should make it no problem. It's a typical Blue/12mil.
    Aaron
    [ Vogue Vectra 24' AG | Hard plumb: Hayward Power-Flo Matrix 1HP 2-speed, 27" sand filter & Pentair MiniMax 100 NG | Taylor K-2006 | Central IL ]
    Powered by: TFP, PoolMath & TFTestkits

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •