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    to cover or not to cover

    Hi Well i guess we are going to go and stimulate the economy this next week, we are going on vacation for 5 days... I am going to raise the FC to shock level.. But i was wondering is it OK to cover it up with the solar cover?
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    Re: to cover or not to cover

    Thats what I plan on doing in a couple weeks.
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    Re: to cover or not to cover

    Yes, it's fine. I have a dk blue/black solar cover. I shocked to 16 June 4, covered, returned 10 days later and my FC was 8....
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    Re: to cover or not to cover

    I'm leaving mine on while I'm away for the next week, even though the water is already at a toasty 92F. (It's been warm here lately.)
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    Re: to cover or not to cover

    is it better to cover or not... is the Fc to high to cover for that many day.
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    Re: to cover or not to cover

    I was gone 10, and had no problems...
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    Re: to cover or not to cover

    cool, thats what I am going to do... i sure am going to miss her(pool) i will have dreams of her(pool) but she will be ready when we get back....
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    Re: to cover or not to cover

    Quote Originally Posted by hayfarmer
    cool, thats what I am going to do... i sure am going to miss her(pool) i will have dreams of her(pool) but she will be ready when we get back....
    thanks guys
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    Re: to cover or not to cover

    One issue I've had with covering is the small pockets of water that you often get on the cover, which don't circulate.

    I ended up with an algae bloom after taking off the cover, and not having sufficient chlorine in the rest of the pool (was only FC of 3, CYA 60, which isn't TOO bad). My suspicion that I can't prove is the pockets of water gave the algae a chance to get established, then it spread when I took the cover off.

    If I ever use the cover for a long period away again (which will keep the FC in the whole pool higher), I might bump my FC up higher before taking the cover off to prevent that.
    Jim

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    Re: to cover or not to cover

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob
    and not having sufficient chlorine in the rest of the pool (was only FC of 3, CYA 60, which isn't TOO bad).
    not too bad since it wasn't 0? you're below minimum which = algae sooner or later assuming no other algae defeating products.
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    Re: to cover or not to cover

    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    I was gone 10, and had no problems...

    Followed Mom's example to the T and I was gone 10 days the only 10 days of summer we had...temps were 85 to 95 for the entire time...When I left FC was 16 and I covered and when I came back FC wa 6. I was glad because water temp was almost 90. If I had not brought FC up so high and did not cover I would have no FC when I got back and I would have had algae. The Solar cover keeps the FC from decreasing too much due to evaporation. Trust in Poolmom
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