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    using only half a solar blanket

    hi

    I was wondering if anyone is using only half a solar blanket, meaning covering only 50% of the pool.
    this will allow me to leave it on all the time. this makes it easier to handle if I need to remove, water is breathable, won't heat the water too much during the day, reduce evaporation. if only a 5 degrees is what I'm looking for, will this work. does this make any sense and is this a good compromise? my plan is to cover the deep end which is half the pool.

    thanks
    Jack

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    Re: using only half a solar blanket

    If should be no problem. If it works for you, go for it.
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    Re: using only half a solar blanket

    This is a great question! When we took our cover off today for a family gathering, the water was 92 degrees
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    Re: using only half a solar blanket

    seems like a choice between 8mils and 12mils.
    shipping seems pretty high but leslie's is overpriced.
    anyone with any good recommendations?
    I'm in san diego
    thanks
    Jack

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    Re: using only half a solar blanket

    You won't see as much benefit as with a full cover but I don't see that a half cover would do any harm. I'd recommend that the covered half not include the area right next to the skimmer; if you have any open water then the skimmer should get first crack at it. (My cover is about 90% and there's always crud in the open bit, which is nowhere near the skimmer.)

    8mil will be easier to take on and off but will die sooner. But with only a half cover probably the weight difference isn't so big a deal? A lot of people cut their covers into sections to make them easier to handle; you just aren't putting the other half on.
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    Re: using only half a solar blanket

    ok great.
    thanks!

    i just read in a few places that you shouldn't have the cover on long term and that if you have the cover on during the day, it would heat the water up too much.
    i live in a place where 95-100 degrees afternoon summers are common and very cool at night. lots of evaporation. i'm also on a mountain side with a nice breeze.

    i figure 50% coverage is a good compromise and will assist with slowing evaporation?

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    Re: using only half a solar blanket

    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonlui
    seems like a choice between 8mils and 12mils.
    shipping seems pretty high but leslie's is overpriced.
    anyone with any good recommendations?
    I'm in san diego
    thanks
    Jack
    Jack

    Our local Lowe's carries solar covers, so give them a look. I have the Leslie's cover on mine and the price is about 25% higher this year compared to last year for the same one
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    Re: using only half a solar blanket

    We do this. Actually have it cut into 6 strips and much of fall and spring we do this. Works great. We ordered our cover from www. H2Opoolproducts.com

    good service.

    Good luck

    Lee
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