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    Solar Cover and Cover Reel

    Hi everyone,

    Just joined this forum and hoping for some advice and guidance.
    I recently bought a house in sunny California with a pool - the pool shape is rectangle with arches on each side and has a spa that pours the water into the pool (pictures attached)
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    The pool is quite big - with arches it measures 22.5' by 40' and the spa is an additional 8' by 8'.

    It seems that the previous owner disconnected the heater from the gas line (does not look like the heater has been used for a while or that it works). Either way, from going through the forum's threads I understand I need to get solar covers and I was hoping to get your advice on it. since the pool is big, I am thinking of going with a clear solar cover of 24' by 40 ' for the pool that is 16 mil -(think the cheapest is at http://www.Solarcovers.com - anyone ever bought from them?). This cover should be durable and retain heat. Would you go with a thiner cover (12 mil or less?)? also, how important is it that the cover does not have any wrinkles as it spread on the pool (as I mentioned that pool has a bunch of arches)? is it more important that the pool is completely covered or that the solar cover does not bunch?

    As for the reel - I was thinking of either buying one or making one using mount bearings and an aluminum pole (based on the matt4x4 design). My concern is the sag as few indicated in various threads - will an aluminum pole hold (with no sag) a 16 mil cover of 24' by 40'? with diameter of a pole should I get and where is a good place to get it? I looked online and it seems that building the reel (assuming a pole costs about $100) will end up costing something close to $175 - should I just buy a reel?
    In which case, I saw this one (http://www.solarcovers.com/cgi-bin/shop ... reels.html) on the solarcovers.com - would the 20' suffice for the 24' (which will be more like 22' once I trim it if needed) or should I go with 25'?

    Any insight / advice / pearls of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Udi
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    13x28, 8500 gal, basic plaster, Hayward cartridge fltr w/1 hp pump

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    Re: Solar Cover and Cover Reel

    Quote Originally Posted by bll
    It seems that the previous owner disconnected the heater from the gas line (does not look like the heater has been used for a while or that it works). Either way, from going through the forum's threads I understand I need to get solar covers and I was hoping to get your advice on it. since the pool is big, I am thinking of going with a clear solar cover of 24' by 40 ' for the pool that is 16 mil -(think the cheapest is at http://www.Solarcovers.com - anyone ever bought from them?). This cover should be durable and retain heat. Would you go with a thiner cover (12 mil or less?)? also, how important is it that the cover does not have any wrinkles as it spread on the pool (as I mentioned that pool has a bunch of arches)? is it more important that the pool is completely covered or that the solar cover does not bunch?
    Udi
    Welcome to the forum, Udi!

    I have no thoughts on the reel but would suggest that a 16 ml cover may be a better choice than one that is thinner (11 or 12 ml). I purchased my last solar cover from Solarcovers.com and was pleased with the delivery time and cost. If you decide not to use a reel, cut the cover in half so it is easier to place and remove from the pool (and store.) The main benefit of a solar cover is not so much the insulating thickness --- even the very thinnest cover is good because it stops evaporation of the water -- evaporation causes most of the heat loss.
    14,555 gal in-ground 16'x29' white plaster Pool w/spa (2007); Goldline Aqua Logic AQL-PS-8 control w/Aqua Cell 15 Salt Water Chlorination (SWCG); Hayward TriStar 1HP (1.85 SF) main / 1.5HP (1.60 SF) spa pumps; Hayward Swimclear cart filter C4025, ColorLogic LED lights; Tankless SP-18-4 electric heater; Polaris 280 cleaner.
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    Re: Solar Cover and Cover Reel

    Thanks.

    Can anyone help with my other concerns / questions ?
    13x28, 8500 gal, basic plaster, Hayward cartridge fltr w/1 hp pump

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    Re: Solar Cover and Cover Reel

    I found someone who is selling an old reel - 16' long. does anyone knows whether I will be able to extend the pole (without causing sagging) to a 23' pole to feet my pool cover?
    13x28, 8500 gal, basic plaster, Hayward cartridge fltr w/1 hp pump

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    Re: Solar Cover and Cover Reel

    Wider pools need a higher diameter spool. The pic you posted is a bit small but I don't see a dive stand which is good since the cover, when spooled with will be pretty big. Make sure the reel is tall enough.

    Yes, buy a decent reel. Buy the thicker cover and a slightly larger than needed cover and use a razor knife to cut it to size.

    Don't try roll/unroll the cover fast. It'll stretch and eventually tear. A slow, steady pace is best. If one person is gently pulling while another is unspooling, less tension is applied to the cover and it will glide into position.

    If the cover is spooled and in the sun, cover it. A wet, spooled cover in the sun gets hot and can contribute to algae growth on the cover and deterioration.

    Don't use it when shocking the pool. The elevated chlorine is not good for it.

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    Re: Solar Cover and Cover Reel

    Hi Udi,

    We have a 22'x40' pool and also bought our cover and reel from solarcovers.com. We also were happy with the merchandise and delivery time.

    We bit the bullet and popped for a Rocky's Roller Reel, it seems to be very well made and hopefully will last for many years (just bought it late last summer so it is too soon to say). It uses a three piece aluminum pole. The center piece has the largest diameter (about 6" or 7"), and the two side pieces have a smaller diameter and slide in either side of the center piece, then are secured with through-bolts. I don't know if reel you are looking at can be modified successfully, but perhaps that might give you an idea.

    Good luck,
    Gordon
    27K gal, IG vinyl, 1.5 HP pump, 24" sand filter, Goldline Aqua Plus SWG

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