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    Mechanicsburg OH

    Solar Cover and Reel

    Any opinions on what type of solar cover and reel to buy? I normally buy a 16 mil cover and it seems to heat pretty well. Would like to buy a low profile reel to mount under my diving board but cannot seem to find one that is low enough. If this is not possible I was looking at the Easy Gear Stainless Steel Cover Reel ( Has anybody ever purchased this reel? If so, can 1 person operate? - Thanks!!!!

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    Re: Solar Cover and Reel

    We usually recommend buying the thinnest cheapest cover. 8 mil is most common. They are easier to handle and thicker covers don't seem to last much longer. The hometown favorite solar cover is this one, DIY Solar Cover Roller

    Here is the cover I bought, Yard Guard Clear Choice Solar Blanket 18' X 40' Rectangle - 8 Mil. 18' X 40' Rectangle Solar Blanket. HPI SB1840CL3.
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    Re: Solar Cover and Reel

    There is little difference in performance between solar covers. A heavy cover may last just a bit longer, but it's still difficult to justify the extra cost, extra weight and bulk, since it won't make the pool any warmer. Preventing evaporative cooling is the primary function, and the thin cheap ones do that as well as any. Much easier to handle, take less space and cheaper. The only real downside is replacing it more often.
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