Do solar cover reels work?

Adamphotoman

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Aug 18, 2018
158
Dieppe New Brunswick
My replacement - 11 mil Solar Blanket has been shipped. I had to do a field destroy before they would ship it, which meant cutting the old blanket in half. Well a lot of folks do that anyway.

I used 5 of those plastic eyelets to rivet the blanket back together. I may finish by sewing the blanket with heavy fishing line. The first time I reeled the blanket in the second piece flooded. The next time I went much slower and everything worked out. I am thinking that I will get 1 or 2 more seasons out of the "destroyed" old blanket so I will save the replacement for another year.
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
1,641
NY
I cut my old one up into pieces and use it as insulating wrap when i winterize my air conditioners. Solar cover, shrink wrap and a whole lot of duct tape. I also have used pieces when moving furniture or things i didnt want scratched. One shot bubble wrap and throw out those pieces cuz i have a whole stack left
 

Adamphotoman

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Aug 18, 2018
158
Dieppe New Brunswick
I will keep that in mind for when I want to repurpose the old one. As for now the old one was actually only first put into service a month ago. It was my new one and I complained about some seams that were starting to let go. I believe they were never proper from the get go. The company is replacing the blanket at N/C. With a small repair I should get several more seasons from my old/newish blanket and then I will have a 2nd brand new uncut one for use down the road.
 
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YonnyPiscinas

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Jan 10, 2020
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Uruguay - SA
I started with a solar blanket. Then rigged up 200+ ft of black hose fed with a small pump. A small solar panel powered the pump. 90+% of heat is lost at night, so put the cover back on before bed.
Same here. I was gaining a lot of heat during the day with the solar collectors and losing 90% at least every night so would have to wait 6-7 hours every day before getting in again.

Purchased a cover that actually sits across the pool (can support a person). Wasn't cheap but it is safe, keeps all the debris out and will last years.
Now woww what a difference. Maybe lose 1-2c at most even during the cold windy nights.
Now on average in summer here the pool is between 31-33c at 8am!!
Next week we're getting a thin bubble cover also to put under the semi-rigid cover to maintain more heat once we get nearer the end of the hotter days/nights.

Double glazing for the pool!
 
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Rancho Cost-a-Lotta

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Apr 10, 2018
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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
@l1ltaral1l ,

I know you pinged Jeff, but I've had some experience with solar cover reels. I took a look at your build thread. With the rectangular shape and equal elevations each side, your pool is well suited for a solar cover reel. A reel won't work with my current pool, but I do love my solar cover.
 
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l1ltaral1l

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Jul 16, 2019
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Walnutport, PA
Thanks! I did see you mentioned that in another thread (I was searching and reading past threads). I did find a used GLI Pro Series Aluminum reel online for $75 with the bigger 4" tube kit, but am torn on what way to go.
 

jeffr47

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Oct 19, 2018
106
Rockville, MD
@jeffr47 - do you like the solar roller?
I'm mixed on it. It doesn't roll out as easily as the videos show, but having a pole down the middle provides some very helpful structure to position the cover. It's not a miracle, but I think it's much better than nothing at all and much more compact than a full roller. Especially for a irregular pool shape.
 
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