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    Attaching two pieces of solar cover...ideas?

    Hi all,
    I am stupid, and bought a solar cover about 3 feet too short . For a while, I just used the material I cut off the sides to cover the far end, but I'd like to attach it to the rest of the cover so I reel it all up without having to deal with two pieces.

    I tried using 3M spray glue, since that stuff usually sticks anything to anything! It held for a couple weeks, but has started to come apart. Has anyone done successfully done this Ideally I would melt the two pieces together (like the manufacturers do), but I can't think of any way to do that myself.
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    Re: Attaching two pieces of solar cover...ideas?

    Gorilla glue or Boxer Glue? We used Gorilla Glue as backup for our strap attachments (rivits) but dang, that stuff hasn't budged 5 years in - where we put it together on the solar blanket it is still stuck like the day we put it there.
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    Re: Attaching two pieces of solar cover...ideas?

    Hm...I have gorilla glue. Thanks!
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    Re: Attaching two pieces of solar cover...ideas?

    Well...that didn't work. Has anybody else ever tried this?
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    Re: Attaching two pieces of solar cover...ideas?

    Not much sticks to polyethylene.

    Welding/melting them together would be next to impossible, even with a soldering iron or something.

    I suppose you could try sewing the pieces together...
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    Re: Attaching two pieces of solar cover...ideas?

    super glue?...pure guess, but worth a shot
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    Re: Attaching two pieces of solar cover...ideas?

    Yeah, I think I'm out of luck. My two attempts have thoroughly ruined the edges I was trying to glue together. As a last attempt, I may try ironing it.
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    Re: Attaching two pieces of solar cover...ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    I suppose you could try sewing the pieces together...
    That was my next suggestion. Other than that I can only suggest perhaps putting some small grommets at intervals on both sides of the split and putting some poly string/rope ties through to tie it together.
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    Re: Attaching two pieces of solar cover...ideas?

    Hey MITS,

    Did you ever finish this? I already ordered grommets before looking here. I was planning on using the grommets with string as NWMNMom suggested, but the grommet package states that they can go through multiple layers. Now I am debating using the grommets as sutures of sorts with each grommet punched through both layers and holding them together. Just wondering what you ended up with and how it worked.
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    Re: Attaching two pieces of solar cover...ideas?

    Sven,
    I've since gotten a new cover, the correct size this time. I just gave up and left it too short, and it worked OK that way.
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