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    Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    Been trying to figure out how I'm going to anchor cover on this pool.... Stumbled across this idea on a whim.... Using rail caps to secure cover. Allowed enough extra inside pool for expansion when cover fills with rainwater/ snow so it won't rip.

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    Re: Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    First strong wind will tear those rail caps off and you will be chasing your cover down the street.
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    Re: Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    Quote Originally Posted by Griswald View Post
    First strong wind will tear those rail caps off and you will be chasing your cover down the street.
    Actually, I am using the cable tie too, and it's tight. 70 mph winds so far, it will ballon up some, but not too bad. I actually used caps to help with ballooning vs hanging bleach bottles or using bungees.

    Other thoughts?

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    Re: Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    Where did you find the caps at ? If it holds 70 mph winds I'd say your good. 😎
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    Re: Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    Came with the pool. The covers just snap off with a "pull back toward you and up" motion

    You can see them in this pic. I simply popped them off, put cover on, and popped them back on.

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    Re: Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    I see now. Nice looking pool ! Is the yard side of the pool exposed or is the whole pool buried ?
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    Re: Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    Thanks. Exposed. 30 inches high on other side. Yard is sloped.
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    Re: Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    Wind gets under my cover a lot. I just saw a wrap that you put around the cover for 22 at pool world. . I'm thinking of trying that this year. The caps on my pool are 2 pieces and screwed on so I can't do that. Hope it works for you.
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    Re: Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    We plan on also zig-zagging rope across the top of our pool in order to help hold the cover down when the "winds come sweeping down the plains". Our thought is that it would decrease the size of the balloon.
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    Re: Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    Quote Originally Posted by CindyG1 View Post
    Wind gets under my cover a lot. I just saw a wrap that you put around the cover for 22 at pool world. . I'm thinking of trying that this year. The caps on my pool are 2 pieces and screwed on so I can't do that. Hope it works for you.
    We use the cover wrap, 3rd winter, and it definitely does its job! My pool gets the brunt of winter storm winds and never have had any issues with cover coming off.
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    Re: Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    For me it wasn't the wind so much as it was the force of it after it gets under the cover. You might not be chasing the cover but those caps are going to come off or break. I promise you that. They are not strong enough to hold that cover in place. Now if you get that wrap and wrap you might salvage them but the wind will still blow the cover around which is what will flip those caps off or rip the cover. Once its ripped the wind will have it off in no time. I hate to sound like Debbie Downer but just being realistic.
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    Re: Thoughts on this setup for winter cover....

    instead of using critical parts of your pool, I would suggest weaving in rope/cable around pool, hanging jugs of water/sand, and then wraping top edge in plastic shrink wrap to help keep wind out of pool.... i did all of that without the wrap last year and was 100% successful... doing the wrap to keep wind down this year.
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