solar cover

  1. S

    Pool cover reel on an above ground pool with fence

    We recently put in a 24 foot pool due to our village code we have to have a fence around it so this is what we’re looking at so far we still have lots of work to do but I can’t do all of the work so I am getting some assistance form my engineer father to help me figure out how to create a pool...
  2. T

    Solar covers - install direction?

    Hi all, first actual post here, not even a pool owner yet but looking for a contractor right now. This is the pool we're thinking about My question is about solar covers. The ideal location for the above ground (bolted in?) roller would be along the red line, which is long ways along the pool...
  3. SorryImaNewb123

    Solar pool cover & reel advice for in-ground pool

    I want to purchase a solar pool cover & reel and had a couple of questions for advice. 1- Blue, Clear, or doesn't matter? 2- I have a 20x40 rectangle shaped pool with ladder (each extend about 1 ft width into pool) on both sides on the 40' sides. Would an 18x40 be a good solar pool cover size...
  4. J

    Solar cover - water collects on top

    We bought a solar cover and if any water gets on top (like from rain) when we remove the cover all that gross water and debris falls into the pool. Any way to avoid it?? Do I need to buy a pump to try to remove the water before I remove the cover? (We have one of those reels that rolls it up) Help!
  5. S

    FC with Solar Cover Considering CYA

    I’ve seen it recommended to keep FC under 2.5 to maximize the life of a solar cover. Is that as true when CYA is 50? I’ve seen on TFP that with a CYA level of 50 I should not go below a FC of 3.75ppm (7.5% of cya). And I’ve seen on TFP that for swimming in a pool with cya of 50 that it is ok...
  6. V

    Another Solar Cover Thread

    I know there have been quite a few solar cover threads, but I'm about to order our first solar cover and my research on here has led to a few questions before making the purchase. I'm inclined to get the cheapest/thinnest cover from as the experts have suggested in other posts...
  7. J

    Best Solar roller inground

    I don't know if this has been discussed, looking for recommendations on the best Solar rollar/ blanket setup. I have a 18x36 vinyl. Climate is Ontario Canada. Pool location has lots of trees around it
  8. Jamie Languedoc

    Expanding a solar reel using extra tubes?

    I have a 30' round AG and I am looking to add some poles from a reel tube kit to lengthen a 21' reel someone gave me so I can accommodate a 30' solar cover. Has anyone ever tried this? At first I thought that the more tubes and connections points I had would mean less stability, but after...
  9. cam2000deluxe

    Solar Cover Changing Pool Chemistry (Hello from Summer)

    Hi There, Introductions: We're a family in NZ with a small vinyl pool since we moved about 5 years ago. Took a while but I had come to an understanding with the pool, the pH tended to go up and Alkalinity tended to go down absent adding dry acid and some baking soda every so...
  10. ejs873

    Solar Cover Recommendations

    Hello, I am looking for a solar cover mainly for warming the water earlier and keeping it warm later in the season. Most of the reviews on Amazon are very poor. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good quality solar cover? Thanks
  11. Cwiggs

    Another solar pool cover for odd shaped pool thread

    Hello TFP, I'm getting ready to buy a solar cover for my pool to help retain the heat at night and extend the swimming season. My pool is an odd shaped "elbow" pool that I usually treat as 2 pools when I measure it. One side is about 18' by 13', and the other is about 18' by 15.7'. I've...
  12. RaleighDawg

    Winter Insulating Cover

    So i we have just about made it through our first winter. My wife swims every morning. and i mean every morning. she was out there in snow storms, ice storms and temperatures in the teens. We keep the pool at 83 and she warms it up to 85 about an hour or two before going out to swim and let’s it...
  13. W

    DIY Solar Pool Heater

    Hi all. I am moving into a house with a large inground pool in Palm Springs. I want to build a DIY solar pool heater as cheaply as possible that will still Deliver efficient heating. Can someone recommend a design and specific materials? We also plan to use a pool cover to extend the season...
  14. N

    Please share your pictures of your solar cover reels on oval pools

    We have a 21x41 oval pool. We're going to have a deck on one end but don't want to mount the reel in front of the stairs. Planning on putting in some 4x4s on the deep end and mounting it on those but I'd love to see some more pictures before I do. I've done some searching but haven't turned up...
  15. N

    Solar pool covers - cut to size?

    Hello everyone! Brand new above ground pool owner and first-ever post on TFP (please be gentle!). We are currently leveling our ground and hoping to put up the pool in the next week or two ... very late in the season but we literally just found one in stock at one of our local stores...
  16. Mermaid Mama

    Solar cover strips? Will it work?

    In theory, we think it will work but I don't know what I don't know so here I am to humbly ask if it will actually make life easier with using the solar cover. I am 5'1" so I am struggling to get solar cover on and off our AGP. We fastened some utility on hooks to hold it but it fills with...
  17. fatboy1271

    New Solar Cover

    I had my last solar cover 3 years ago. I loved it, until it started to fall apart and leave little plastic "pucks" in the water. Today I received a new one and I'm pretty excited to get some warmth in the pool so I can swim! Pool was 73° when I put it on. Can't wait to see how well it works. Of...
  18. C

    Use of 2 thick but 1/2 sized solar covers instead of 1lighter one

    I have a 25x48' inground pool . I had a good quality 25 x50' thick solar cover that would get rolled out acrross the entire length of the pool that did a nice job of retaining heat. However it was so heavy that even with the best quality roller it became a 2 person job to roll it up - as such...
  19. J

    Solar pool cover recommendations

    Hey everyone, can anyone recommend a specific manufacturer/model you had good luck with for your solar pool cover? I was told clear and 16mil but a lot of the ones I have been seeing have bad reviews. I don’t mind spending money so any budget you can recommend, thank you.
  20. P

    SLAM with solar blanket on?

    Hello everyone. I started SLAMing my pea soup pool about two weeks ago. At the time my CYA was 20, which though low, was nice to not need as much chlorine, (especially since I've so far gone through about 25 gallons!) I have some trichlor tablets left over (enough in total to raise CYA by about...
  21. BarefootRob

    Question for users of the DIY solar cover reel

    I was following this thread DIY Pool cover reel Very interesting thread! We have a 30' above ground pool, and I have had a great heavy duty 4" dia. reel that worked great for almost 15 seasons. Towards the end of last season it finally broke, pretty much in the center of the span. I had the...
  22. M

    Easy solar pool cover strap fix

    My solar pool cover straps have been a problem for years - coming unglued from the reel, and half of those stupid clips don’t work. Just fixed them all in about 30 minutes. To attach the straps to the reel, remove the Velcro sections and clean off old glue with a solvent and paper towel. I...
  23. M

    Looking for Solar Cover recommendations

    Hi all. I know lots of people here think solar covers are disposable, but at least for me, they are not. Mine last a lot longer than 2 seasons. My last one, which is just starting to go is 6 years old. I am pulling out a few "bubbles" from the skimmer a day from it. I keep the cover on 99%...