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    Safety Covers

    I am looking into getting a safety cover for our pool for the winter. That being said, we can not afford, nor do we have a company that could come out, and produce a custom fit cover. Is it possible to buy a rectangular cover for our pool and it serve the same purpose and efficiency as a custom fit cover? Our concrete pool deck is rectangular, however, the pool, as you can see in my avatar, is puzzle piece shaped. Thanks!
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    Re: Safety Covers

    I am by no means an expert on the subject, but no-one else has answered yet, so I'll give my thoughts. I don't think an over sized rectangle cover would pose a problem besides extra stress and wear where the "puzzle" sections go in. If you padded those sections to protect the cover it may not be an issue. Don't any of the cover manufacturers let you submit custom sizes on their website? That would certainly be cheaper than having someone come out and do it if that is an available option.
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    Re: Safety Covers

    Yes but it's kinda hard to measure it.
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    Re: Safety Covers

    You could use some kids chalk and a measuring tape to lay out a grid, then measure every foot or so making note of any drastic edges. That should give them plenty to work with I would think.


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    Re: Safety Covers

    Poolandspa.com is the on line distributor for Loop Loc safety covers (I have no affiliation to either company). I have several friends with them and they are etremly well made.

    You could just measure a rectangle and get a price from them.
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    Re: Safety Covers

    Hmmm ... I will have to see what I can work out this weekend. Either way, looks like we are going to be going the water bag route for this winter. I've decided to have the pool company come close the pool for us. I just don't feel comfortable enough with blowing out the lines and adding the antifreeze properly. But I can try one of your ideas and at least get a quote so I know what I am facing next year. Thanks everyone!
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    Re: Safety Covers

    Quote Originally Posted by lynzizzle View Post
    But I can try one of your ideas and at least get a quote so I know what I am facing next year. Thanks everyone!
    Sit down and have a drink before you open the Loop Loc estimate. They are wonderful covers, but they are mighty proud of them!
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    Re: Safety Covers

    Yea I've seen just from the basic covers! Ah! pools!
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    Re: Safety Covers

    I just went through this dilemma with my new pool. Pool company (This is FIRST year ) offered to come and close pool (for a FEE!) and give me 2 big tarps. Can't use 1 since mine is like 2 pools connected. 42Lx18Wx22Lx18W "L" shape. We wanted a Safety cover for kids/dog. Loop Loc is definitely a "Get what you pay for" and as far as I'm concerned the best. My father always had one on the pool. We decided to get 3 of us who all had new pools done together this year. Went to 3 different guys who make them. Got quotes, and went with the best deal. For some reason, my buddy with the free form was more than DOUBLE mine! More drilling into rocks, etc. Also if you have a water feature, it is EXTRA since you need a cable around it. They CAN make ANY shape! It will also outlast a tarp! Granted tarping/bags, etc will only cost a few hundred a year - the many thousands I'm spending will give peace of mind. Just MY opinion. Good luck in your decision!!

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    Re: Safety Covers

    Quote Originally Posted by lynzizzle View Post
    I am looking into getting a safety cover for our pool for the winter. That being said, we can not afford, nor do we have a company that could come out, and produce a custom fit cover. Is it possible to buy a rectangular cover for our pool and it serve the same purpose and efficiency as a custom fit cover? Our concrete pool deck is rectangular, however, the pool, as you can see in my avatar, is puzzle piece shaped. Thanks!
    I am not sure how relevant this is or if you even care in your situation, but keep in mind that buying a rectangular cover for your pool you are voiding any kind of warranty you are expecting to get with it. It will also not be considered a safety cover.
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    Re: Safety Covers

    Quote Originally Posted by RafaelS View Post
    I am not sure how relevant this is or if you even care in your situation, but keep in mind that buying a rectangular cover for your pool you are voiding any kind of warranty you are expecting to get with it. It will also not be considered a safety cover.

    Agree totally, the reinforced plastic guards will not be in the right places!

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