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    My Solar Cover

    Just thought I'd share my latest Solar Cover. I'm not sure if buying a 14 gauge cover was worth it, but it does feel heavy duty. My last cover I had cut into 2 pieces, but even at that it was hard to handle. My pool is kidney shaped with 2 levels around pool, so no way to do a reel. Here's pictures of what I ended up with and so far works real well.

    14 gauge Solar Cover: http://www.pcpools.com/product/ns520/



    Push Clips for attaching solar cover to 1.25" PVC pipe (drill holes in 1.25" pipe about every foot, lay cover on top and poke hole in cover with Philips head, and insert clip through into pipe). I also filled most of the pipe with Great Stuff foam to be sure it would float.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    3/4" Foam board at end (this is a test to see if this stuff holds up):
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Owens-Cor...word=100320340



    I have the 3 panels overlapped by about 6" (largest is 15' x 13'). This is so I can sweep all in the direction to the PoolSkim:


    And my rack which is north side of pool, so is in the shade:
    IG pebble, 15,000 gallon
    48 PentAir DE Filter with backwash valve
    PentAir Whisperflo pump with 1hp 2-speed motor
    Aquabot 4WD, Poolskim
    Intermatic Dual Timeclock with freezeguard
    DIY chlorine feed
    BBB

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    Re: My Solar Cover

    How to you take it off and put it on the pool?

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    Re: My Solar Cover

    Just start rolling it up like a rug. The 1.25" pipe is rigid enough, and the largest section is fairly light (maybe 25#).

    IG pebble, 15,000 gallon
    48 PentAir DE Filter with backwash valve
    PentAir Whisperflo pump with 1hp 2-speed motor
    Aquabot 4WD, Poolskim
    Intermatic Dual Timeclock with freezeguard
    DIY chlorine feed
    BBB

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    Re: My Solar Cover

    Are you in the pool while you roll it?

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    Re: My Solar Cover

    No. The pipe is at the edge, very easy to just start rolling. Takes maybe 5 minutes per section. The 1st picture has section #3 removed. I've seen examples with pipe going across middle of pool and it rolls from both directions, but I tried that last year and cover is difficult to keep tight and pool lip also causes problems. This way, rolling from the edge, it's easy to keep cover tight and lip does not interfere. I have 15', 12', and 9' sections, all day to handle.

    IG pebble, 15,000 gallon
    48 PentAir DE Filter with backwash valve
    PentAir Whisperflo pump with 1hp 2-speed motor
    Aquabot 4WD, Poolskim
    Intermatic Dual Timeclock with freezeguard
    DIY chlorine feed
    BBB

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    Re: My Solar Cover

    I like it. Very ingenious!
    In Ground 17,500 Gallon Freeform Vinyl Liner - Hayward S220T Sand Filter - Hayward Super II Pump - Kreepy Krawly Kruiser Cleaner
    If I had a dollar for every time I told my wife that there's no way we're buying a house with a pool, I'd have enough money to install the pool that came with the house we bought!

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