Keeping the protective cover on a rolled-up solar cover

balagon

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Jun 1, 2007
27
Los Angeles, CA
Anyone got some good tips on keeping a cover on a rolled-up solar cover?

Our pool is slightly free-form and the deck has a one-step riser near the deep end. Because of that, our solar cover reel (a Rocky's Rollers model) straddles the pool, about 5 feet from the edge of the deep end. It's easier to just keep the reel there, even when we're swimming, unless we're having a lot of people over.

The only problem is keeping that thin white plastic sheet on top of the rolled-up cover. The slightest breeze picks up the edge and flings it back off of the cover. Since the reel stretches across the water, I can't go around and tuck it in or clip it together. Last season I tried putting binder clips on the edges of the white plastic sheet, which worked OK but left rust marks on the white sheet. Maybe someone else here has a trick that works?
 

balagon

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Jun 1, 2007
27
Los Angeles, CA
Sounds like a solution! Do you just put the bungee cords on at the ends? Because I can't get to the middle of the the reel to put on a bungee unless I'm actually in the water.
 

MikeInTN

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May 27, 2007
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Middle Tennessee
I bought a cover for mine that uses velcro on the sides that wrap around the solar cover to hold it on with. Had to buy it separately, because my new solar cover didn't come with the white plastic sheet like my first one did.
 

balagon

Active member
Jun 1, 2007
27
Los Angeles, CA
Paul, since I hate the process of putting a replacement cover on the reel, I'll do whatever I can to keep the current cover in good shape. :-D

if the wind is catching it, you'll probably have to put at least one in the middle.
That would mean swimming out to the reel after I've rolled the thing up, since I can't get to the middle from the pool deck. I wonder if I can train the dog to do that? :-D