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    Solar Cover & Reel Advice - IGP 20X40

    Well I'm searching the internet for a solar cover and reel. From what I can tell it seems that the standard blue will be just fine (any advice please feel free). FYI - I have great sky view all day, at least most of it. Now for the reel, I know it's useless unless it makes it easier to operate so that it's actually used. My concern was that the cover is so large that some reels might struggle, or bow too much. If anyone has a reel that they've used for a similar size pool, please let me know.

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    Anthony - 20' X 40' Vinyl IGP, 28,000 Gallons, 1 1/2HP Hayward Super Pump, 3030 Hayward Cartridge Filter, 2 returns, 1 skimmer, bottom drain.

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    Re: Solar Cover & Reel Advice - IGP 20X40

    I'm a new pool reel and cover owner. I went with the Rocky's reel because of feedback from other users on the site here. They are not cheap and their is some assembly involved but as long as you have a good drill/driver that can handle a 1/2" concrete bit for the anchors, it works well. Took me an afternoon to assemble the reel including drilling out holes in the tube, putting in bolts etc. Then had to find a 1/2" concrete bit and drilled it out with my 18V cordless drill. Took some time and muscle but got it done. Anchors help IMMENSELY on the ease of rolling and unrolling. No sag in the tube even over a 21 foot spread. 1/4" hex bit is a must for drilling in self-tapping screws.

    I bought the cheapest 8 mm cover I could find, happens to be blue. Wanted the light weight to make the big solar cover easier to handle. Seems to be doing well holding in heat at night. Wish we'd get some warmer weather. Since I installed the cover, highs have been in the 70s, lows in the 50s at night... Bring on the 80s and 90s!
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    Re: Solar Cover & Reel Advice - IGP 20X40

    Thanks, JVTrain! Any chance you could shoot a link to a site that has the exact one? I saw a couple, but looked like they have casters? Maybe they're removable to anchor?
    Anthony - 20' X 40' Vinyl IGP, 28,000 Gallons, 1 1/2HP Hayward Super Pump, 3030 Hayward Cartridge Filter, 2 returns, 1 skimmer, bottom drain.

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