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Thread: Solar cover and skimmer

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    May 2014
    Clarksburg, WV

    Solar cover and skimmer

    I never thought of this before, but my solar cover is keeping alot of the junk on the top of the water from getting skimmed out by the skimmer.

    Plus all the leaves and bugs that get trapped on top always end up in the pool when I take it off. I'm starting to think the little heat gain I do get isnt worth the hassle...

    Although when it is on, it reduces my FC loss tremendously.

    Decisions, Decisions....
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    Jul 2012
    Chicago, IL

    Re: Solar cover and skimmer

    I find that to be a feature, not a bug. When the stuff falls into the pool it is generally all in one area, or at least near the surface, so easy to grab with the leaf rake. I've also heard of some members using a hose to spray the stuff on the cover towards the skimmer so it just goes right in.

    Without the added heat from a cover, my wife would rarely find the temperature tolerable, so it is a no-brainer for me. Losing only 1ppm a day is also nice!
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    Apr 2007
    SW Indiana

    Re: Solar cover and skimmer

    Grab your garden hose and wash the debris on the cover into the skimmer opening before you remove the cover. Just takes a minute.
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