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    Tear in my winter cover

    We had about 12" of snow this past weekend. Way above what we normally get around here. When the power came back on we put the pump on to start pumping out what water we could. There is a thin layer of ice on the top of the cover with slushy water underneath. I, foolishly, tried to break through the ice to try and see how much water was on the cover (it is really weighed down). I managed to tear the cover about 3". It is near the edge and I think we could reach it to patch it. My question is this, what sort of patch can I use on a winter cover, can you use it in these cold temps and get a good seal? Any advise would be appreciated.

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    Re: Tear in my winter cover

    Is it the pool liner you have torn or your pool cover ?
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    Re: Tear in my winter cover

    Oops. The winter cover. Edited my post.
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    Re: Tear in my winter cover

    I wouldnt bother with it. 3 inch rip is not a big deal, IMO.
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    Re: Tear in my winter cover

    I agree, I wouldn't worry about it until the weather warms up ....
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    Re: Tear in my winter cover

    Hmm, my only concern is that in trying to get the water off the cover I will just be pumping water out of the pool. Ok strange thought. What if I pump the water from on top of the pool into the pool underneath the cover? The cover is so stretched out I'm afraid it may collapse. I want to raise it up some. Whatta ya think?
    1984 vintage 16x32 Doughboy vinyl AG w/deep end, Sand Filter

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    Re: Tear in my winter cover

    If the tear is on the edge and pretty small one at that, you shouldn't have to worry about pumping water out of the pool. Its only a small tear, don't fret over it.
    Did you put a pillow under the cover to help hold it up over the winter?
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    Re: Tear in my winter cover

    No, I've never used a pillow.
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    Re: Tear in my winter cover

    Was/Is your cover taut over the water or laying on the surface? It should be laying on and draped over the edge. Torn covers should be replaced.

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    Re: Tear in my winter cover

    I've tried a few products to mend tears in tarps, I would recommend tarp tape or gorilla tape. Regardless of which one you use they both work much better when the temperature is warmer. I personally find the gorilla tape to be stickier, but if you do try to put it on this time of year I would recommend trying to get the area as dry as possible with a rag and then use a hair dryer to get the area as warm and as dry as possible then apply the tape.
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    Re: Tear in my winter cover

    My cover was laying on the surface. It has a lot of water on it. I'm pumping it off. If a little water comes up through the tear I'm thinking it won't be a big deal until all the snow melts and I can deal with trying to patch it. I like the tape idea. It only needs to last a few months now!
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    Re: Tear in my winter cover

    My boyfriend had the brilliant idea of sticking a fun noodle underneath the tear! It keeps the tear off of the surface of the water. Now if it would only warm up a bit I will try to put some tape on it and remove the noodle.

    Thanks to everyone who posted.
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