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    Solar Cover Users

    In the pre-season time like now in Texas do you leave your cover on 24/7?
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    Re: Solar Cover Users

    AV8TOR,

    I am in El Paso TX, If I leave my Solar Cover on year round, I have found it does not last that long, I would have to replace it yearly, So this winter I deceided to leave the solar cover off during the non swiming dates, Late Oct to beginning of March, that way I figure that I should get at least 2 yrs out of the solar cover. I have found that leaving the cover on during winter has NO advantages, once the water hits 50 degree, clorine use is minimum, so far as the blowing dust, well if you have the cover on it eventually ends up in the pool anyways, to get the most out of your solar cover is to use it when it is the swimming season. Just my opinion.

    Rob
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    Re: Solar Cover Users

    Yeah, what Rob said... plus, I hate the look of the thing. I only leave the cover on my pool during those transitional months (Mar-May, Oct-Nov) when I don't want to lose the heat I paid to generate for the pool. During the summer and winter, I much prefer the look of the pool without the cover.
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    Re: Solar Cover Users

    I agree with the above, but would also add that the pool is safer without the solar cover.
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    Re: Solar Cover Users

    Hum interesting replies, thank you all. I know what you mean about the looks of the pool better without it. I bought it only to advance a few weeks of the swimming season but not I am not sure it is worth it.
    16,000 gal IG Double Roman Plaster Pool (16yrs - plaster redone 2014)
    Pentair FNS-48 DE filter with WhisperFlo 2HP single speed pump
    Polaris 280 robot
    BBB all the way and tested with a TF100 kit
    Pool Calc user

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    Re: Solar Cover Users

    A few weeks is overkill - 4-6 days - should be plenty.
    18k gal inground, everbrite finish, 505 sq ft; 1.5 hp two speed whisperflow; rheem 5100ti 100k btu heat pump; 3 sheer descent falls; DE filter; swg (cell out and using trichlor for now)

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