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    Solar cover and spillover spa

    Does anyone have experience with solar cover for pools with a raised spa with spill over? Do you cut the cover short to allow the water to fall into the pool?
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    Re: Solar cover and spillover spa

    Good question! I was wondering the same also. I figured that would be the way I would go about it.
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    Re: Solar cover and spillover spa

    My spa isn't raised that much, but I cut the solar cover where the water entered the pool. My cut out was about 2'x8". I don't use a cover any more, but didn't get alot of water on top when I did.
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    Re: Solar cover and spillover spa

    You just cut out the solar cover where the spillover is, to minimize the amount of water that gets on top of the cover.
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    Re: Solar cover and spillover spa

    I have a 24" raised spa with spillover. The spillover is about 3 feet wide. I did nothing special -- just put on the cover. When it spills, the water gets on top, but it drains back under right away.

    A little water evaporates, and thus there is some cooling, but no big deal. Also, (since a SWG) there is white salt build-up on the top of the cover.



    A couple of things to note:

    - The cover is a deep blue bubble-wrap type -- it will always float.

    - I have cut it into 4 strips about 8 feet by 16 feet. This helps get is in and out, but also allows more areas for the water to get off the top and back into the pool.

    - I have the spillover only programed to only run for 45 minutes each day in the early afternoon. This keeps gives water on top of the spillover a chance to drain.

    Hope this helps....

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