New to solar cover, no reel yet, a few questions

ShinDiors

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Jul 16, 2021
93
Northern VA
Pool Size
20000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
We just cut the solar cover to fit the pool. Half of the stairs are exposed, also with gaps between the cover and pool wall due to the cutting. We do not have the reel yet, and have been just dragged up the cover when not using it and put it on the deck, and put back after swimming.

I've seen the pool school reading suggest against leaving the solar cover on deck under direct sunlight. My question is, without reel, where do you guys normally put the solar cover when it is off? I have enough deck space, but it is surrounded by plants and stuff, and difficult to keep it clean, and I do not want to drag a lot of dirt and other stuff into the pool afterwards. I do also have fence, but the cover is almost 17 by 36 ft, so would be difficult to unfold and hang it on the fence. We put it on the circled out space now when it is off, not sure if that is ideal.

Another thing is how frequently do we need to open it to let pool "breathe"? I read quite a bit threads on solar cover here, and have been trying to maintain sufficient FC level to avoid algae (cya 30, and I've been keeping the fc at 6.5 every evening, and with cover on during the day time, it consumed about 1-1.5ppm in a hot sunny day, compared to my previously 2-4ppm without cover). We only put it on since Saturday (opened it up on Sunday for an PM swim, and back on. It was lifted up partially when adding LC at dusk for about 30-45mins every day).

Any tips/tricks dealing with the solar cover in my case would be highly appreciated.
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cowboycasey

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ccbill

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Jul 23, 2021
143
Atascadero, Ca
Pool Size
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Plaster
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We leave ours on except when swimming, then we just bunch it up (fan fold it) on the deck. Sometimes we only pull enough off for a quick dip or a few laps. On occasion we have cut iit n three peices to make it easier to get off or just pull one piece off. Never had a reel, 30+ years, but an automatic one would probably be nice.
 
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