I've been searching around all day for instructions on how to build a solar cover reel. I keep seeing posts that refer to matt4x4's design, and I've even seen several pics of his pool. What I haven't seen is any in depth posts on materials or instructions on building it. If some of you guys that have built them before could give any tips or instructions on what exactly to do, I am planning on building one in the next month or so. I would be happy to put all the instructions together with some nice pics for a easy to follow, step by step instruction sheet which could be posted in the pool school under "Construction and Upgrade choices". I understand that 4" aluminum irrigation pipe is the best choice for large covers, and that Conduit will work for smaller covers. What I really need is ideas on the bearings, how to build the handle/crank, and any tips or tricks you have come across that made the process easier. If something needs to be welded, I have a friend that is a great welder and I would even consider setting up a way to buy pre-made parts through a PayPal account for those that are interested. I would also like to include a list of retailers that supplies like bearings or even the aluminum pipe can be ordered from. I will do my own searching around for stuff like this, but if you have suggestions of places with a good price I'd love to hear about them!
Thanks for any help you guys can give!