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    Solar Cover and Regular Cover??

    We got our solar cover yesterday. I am wondering what combination I should use to help heat the pool during the day and help keep the heat in during day/night.

    During the day should I:
    1. keep both on
    2. take top cover off and leave the solar cover on
    3. take both off and let the sun warm the water

    During the night should I:
    1. put both on
    2. keep just the solar cover on
    3. keep just the regular cover on

    Thank you for your help.
    Intex 15 ft x 42" Above Ground Pool bought from Amazon (3, 284 gallons)
    Standard pump and cartridge filter that came with the set up (1,000 gph)
    I live in Northern, MN

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    Re: Solar Cover and Regular Cover??

    I just leave the solar cover on all the time when not in use. Imo the cover that came with the pool is junk
    Intex 18x48/2650 Sand/56601E SWG

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    Re: Solar Cover and Regular Cover??

    Quote Originally Posted by Dtmos01 View Post
    I just leave the solar cover on all the time when not in use. Imo the cover that came with the pool is junk
    I don't know much about covers and pools, but we actually like the intex cover that came with the pool. It is easy to take on and off (two of us) and ties nicely under the ring to hold it on. Of course, we've only had it for a few days and I guess we'll see the longevity of it.
    Intex 15 ft x 42" Above Ground Pool bought from Amazon (3, 284 gallons)
    Standard pump and cartridge filter that came with the set up (1,000 gph)
    I live in Northern, MN

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    Re: Solar Cover and Regular Cover??

    Leave the solar cover on whenever your not using the pool, and just use the other one at night if you want. Keeps the leaves out, etc.
    Ultra 16', Intex Sand filter/pump combo, 8' x 20' solar panels, solar blanket w/roll tube, 1" extruded foam floor with Gorilla pad, Liquid chlorine and stabilizer.

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    Re: Solar Cover and Regular Cover??

    The cover that came with my pool was junk. It ripped the first time I put it on. Maybe yours is of better quality. You'll soon find out!! One thing I like about it is that anything that blows on to the pool cover doesn't end up in the pool. Unlike my solar cover, which dumps everything into the pool when I roll it up.
    13'x22'x52" 8,000 gallon ProSeries Pool with Borates
    Intex 110 pound Sand Filter with Zeobrite, 2650 gph pump, 0.95 hp
    Bestway SWG
    AquaPro ECO500 50,000 BTU heat pump
    GLI Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Re: Solar Cover and Regular Cover??

    My pool warms faster with the cover and pump off during the day and covered at night. I'm lucky though as I can get away with only running my pump a few hours a day at the minimum.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

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    Re: Solar Cover and Regular Cover??

    The cover that came with my pool seemed like a good idea but was very flimsy and ripped within the first month. Now I keep the solar cover on all the time except when using the pool.

    When I try to remove the solar cover from outside the pool, all the debris on the cover ends up in the pool. It's also very difficult for one person to do. So I have found that it is easier for me to roll and unroll the solar cover from inside the pool. To avoid getting too much debris in the pool, first I remove by hand or with skimmer net anything big like leaves or twigs. I usually don't have very much or any of either. I have a Hayward through the wall skimmer, and if I am careful when rolling up the cover I can splash water onto the cover and direct the water and debris right into the skimmer. For me the debris is mostly dead bugs. Very little ends up in the pool this way.
    Jim
    Intex 15' x 42" -- 4,000 gallons
    installed August 2012
    Intex 2650 sand filter, Hayward skimmer
    TF-100 test kit, TFP method

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    Re: Solar Cover and Regular Cover??

    We just leave solar cover on until we r ready to use pool. then roll up and hang up, take a minute or two
    16 'x 48" Metal Frame Intex 5065 gallons, 14 Inch sand filter,Hayward Skimmer SP1091LX Dynaskim, Test Kit TF-100

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