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    DIY PVC Solar Cover Holder (Pics included!)

    Grass clippings on the solar cover drove me nuts. Dragging it in and out of the pool was a pain. My husband didn't want to stress the rails by hanging brackets off it. Drilling into the supports for a Solar Saddle was a no go. So I devised my own holder. I used 1" PVC set on 4' rebar hammered 1' into the soil. It's just sturdy enough to hold a wet solar cover (my pool is an 18' round) but not too sturdy that it will aid a kid trying to get into the pool. The "goalposts" swing freely on the rebar.

    I made 5 "goalposts" to hold the cover. Cost was under $30 including primer and cement. Took about 1.5 hours from start to finish, but would have been less if my kids weren't interrupting me!

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    The single vertical pipe is 3' high, 1' pipe on each side of the tee and each upright arm was cut 6" then capped. This was the right size for my cover. After dry fitting and gluing:

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    With cover on:

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    With cover off. The goalposts are easily removed. I have safety caps for the rebar when not covered by the posts or I can remove them.

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    I will have to see how well this holds up in the summer, but the cover was very easy to take off and put back on by one person and can be done from inside the pool as it sits just below the railing.
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    Re: DIY PVC Solar Cover Holder (Pics included!)

    Nice!

    Looks good and very functional.
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    Re: DIY PVC Solar Cover Holder (Pics included!)

    Nice job blackcats good clean solution. How does solar panel set below the railing is it connected or floats on top.
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    Re: DIY PVC Solar Cover Holder (Pics included!)

    Thanks Charlie & Stump!

    Stump, the solar cover just rests on the goalposts, works even when it's wet. It's a cheap cover, so it's not too heavy. My cover is only 18' round, so it works. Since I'm on the shorter side (5'3") it makes it easier to put the solar cover back on even when I'm not in the pool.
    18' Sharkline Matrix, 2 speed pump, cartridge filter, 4x20 Fafco Solar Bear panel, AquaTrol SWG, Pool Rover S240

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    Re: DIY PVC Solar Cover Holder (Pics included!)

    I've been hunting for a solution like this!!! Thanks so very much for sharing and posting the pictures. Has it held up? Would you do anything differently?

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    Re: DIY PVC Solar Cover Holder (Pics included!)

    Yes, it has held up fine! For the winter, I removed the goalposts from the rebar, capped the open post ends (no glue) and removed the rebar. I stored all of it under the pool deck. I don't think I'd do anything different. It's just so much easier to deal with the solar cover now. Plus, there's more no grass clippings stuck to it! I was thinking of spray painting the posts so they're not so white; I may do that this weekend. Good luck with your post holders!
    18' Sharkline Matrix, 2 speed pump, cartridge filter, 4x20 Fafco Solar Bear panel, AquaTrol SWG, Pool Rover S240

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