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    Why Use a Pillow?

    What exactly is the purpose of the pillow? Is it to keep the cover out of the water? Or is it to allow expansion for ice? Can I use one of the kid's big floats as a pillow? Do I even need to worry about one at all?

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    Re: Why Use a Pillow?

    It does both. Allows for ice expansion and to decrease ponding of water and debris in the middle of the cover. As long as hard freezes are not an issue you could probably do without. If you drain below the returns and want to decrease ponding on the cover the cover pillow would work better since it would have more height than a standard pool float. You could also use a cover pump to drain the water that accumulates on the cover. You just have to be careful there are no holes in the cover so you don't drain the pool!
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    Re: Why Use a Pillow?

    From personal expierence ... think of your pool as a giant Tupper Wear container that has plastic wrap over the top of it. Now poor a cup of water on top. Where does it settle? By keeping the center elevated you force the water to the outter edges of the pool along with any leaves and junk that may also fall on top of the cover.
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    Re: Why Use a Pillow?

    I rarely have pillows survive the whole winter without popping by spring. Does anyone sell quality ones built to survive a tough winter with snow & ice?
    I have a 30' round pool and after owning it about 7 years I still don't know exactly what I should be putting under the cover for the winter.
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    Re: Why Use a Pillow?

    Car innertubes will last.
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    Re: Why Use a Pillow?

    I use two round circle floats tied together.
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    Re: Why Use a Pillow?

    What's a round circle float?

    I'm also thinking car inner tubes now as well. Also large tractor tire inner tubes could really kick butt. Maybe Tractor Supply sells them?
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    Re: Why Use a Pillow?

    TUBE FLOAT.png I have this one and a larger one from intex that has really thick vinyl. Lasted maybe 5 swimming seasons. Big one on bottom smaller one on top & I tie them together in four places. The big one has openings where a string used to be.

    I use truck inner tubes two years after the second I had to get rid of them. One got a hole and the other was deteriorating.
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