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    Solar cover reels innovations?

    Has anyone innovated a solar cover reel for small AG pool (mine's 16' round) with no deck and not much space around the pool?
    16' x 48" 5000 gal. Intex Ultra Frame AG Pool, Los Angeles, CA
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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Looks like a possibility -- Thanks!
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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Thank you so much Yaniv for the link, you are my hero. We have been struggling all day trying to decide on a solar reel that would be suitable for our 12x24 Intex style pool. I think this will fit the bill.

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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Your Welcome

    I use it with my 18 X 9 pool
    Here is a pic of it:
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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Wow Yaniv that looks great....
    Intex Rectangle 18 x 9 x 52', 4544 gallon (18000 litres), 0.75 hp pool pump, 100 sqft Zodiac Titan Cartridge Filter - 40mm, Stenner Peristaltic Pump chlorine injection system, Intex Over The Wall Skimmer, Intex Fittings with 40mm plumbing Lil Patch Of Heaven. Build/Construction http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...lice-of-heaven

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    Love it Can't wait for ours to arrive
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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    I went a different route on mine (18' dia) I built a frame that I roll the cover up on and set it on the side of the pool. I will try to remember to post pictures tonight when I get home. I never liked the look of cover reels on round pools.
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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Quote Originally Posted by danpik View Post
    I went a different route on mine (18' dia) I built a frame that I roll the cover up on and set it on the side of the pool. I will try to remember to post pictures tonight when I get home. I never liked the look of cover reels on round pools.
    I would love to see those pictures! I have 16 foot round pool without much space around it. I don't want a reel in the middle of the pool.
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    Confer Plastics A-Frame 7200 Adjustable Roll-Guard Safety Ladder,
    Kokido SkoobaMax Vac, Custom Canine entry & exit ramps,

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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    As promised...


    Waiting to be used


    Starting to roll the cover


    Half way rolled up


    Rolled up and stored on the edge of the pool


    When It is rolled up in the pool I simply pull one end up onto the edge then the other one. It is also pretty easy to pick the whole thing up and set it off to the side. My fairly small statured daughter can manage this by herself and has been able to since she was about 8 years old.
    Unknown make 18' above ground (bought used in 1999) Sparco sand filter. Hayward 100,000 BTu heater. 2 speed pump

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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Quote Originally Posted by danpik View Post
    As promised...


    Waiting to be used


    Starting to roll the cover


    Half way rolled up


    Rolled up and stored on the edge of the pool


    When It is rolled up in the pool I simply pull one end up onto the edge then the other one. It is also pretty easy to pick the whole thing up and set it off to the side. My fairly small statured daughter can manage this by herself and has been able to since she was about 8 years old.
    Very nice! Thank you so much for the pictures. Getting some good ideas!
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    Hayward Full-Flow Cartridge Filter System with 2 Speed Power-Flo Matrix Pump,
    Intex SWG, Intex Wall Mount Surface Skimmer, Solar cover & Solar Roller,
    Confer Plastics A-Frame 7200 Adjustable Roll-Guard Safety Ladder,
    Kokido SkoobaMax Vac, Custom Canine entry & exit ramps,

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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yaniv View Post
    Your Welcome

    I use it with my 18 X 9 pool
    Here is a pic of it:
    Yaniv, I see you have an over the wall skimmer - I do too. Do you use your pump and skimmer when the cover is on?

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    I'm very interested in this cover roller - but it is so expensive!
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    16' x 48" 5000 gal. Intex Ultra Frame AG Pool, Los Angeles, CA
    Hayward Full-Flow Cartridge Filter System with 2 Speed Power-Flo Matrix Pump,
    Intex SWG, Intex Wall Mount Surface Skimmer, Solar cover & Solar Roller,
    Confer Plastics A-Frame 7200 Adjustable Roll-Guard Safety Ladder,
    Kokido SkoobaMax Vac, Custom Canine entry & exit ramps,

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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    I just mounted my reel to a couple of posts I put into the ground. Mine is 16' and I can use the skimmer while its on.

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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolina View Post
    Yaniv, I see you have an over the wall skimmer - I do too. Do you use your pump and skimmer when the cover is on?
    I do, and it doesn't work very well, the cover gets sucked into the skimmer so I fold it in a way where it is not be in the way; maybe a better way is to cut a hole where the skimmer is (but on the other hand with the cover on there is nothing to skim ).

    Overall i am happy with it.
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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Actually, my cover is about 1' smaller diameter, and I cut a half round out where the skimmer is.

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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    I have a 24 round above ground pool. Looks like you used pvc. Do you have a parts list and drawings with dimensions or could you create a dimensioned drawing and parts list and email to me at swvitale1@mchsi.com?

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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Can't they make cover that is cut like a spiral? Something like that:
    spiralsPRINT.jpg
    Then I can have a small "winch" on the side that will pull the strip on.
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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Nothing stopping you from buying a round solar cover and cutting it yourself to that shape. Please let us know how it works, sounds interesting.


    Quote Originally Posted by Pysiek View Post
    Can't they make cover that is cut like a spiral? Something like that:
    spiralsPRINT.jpg
    Then I can have a small "winch" on the side that will pull the strip on.
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    Re: Solar cover reels innovations?

    Good stuff danpik. I've always used a single pvc pipe to roll mine up, but the rectangular configuration looks like it would be more efficient.
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