Solar cover: what to do with it?

mart242

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May 3, 2010
153
Ottawa, ON, Canada
I've got a big solar cover and a rocky roller. I've rolled the clean cover on the roller and wrapped it with a tarp but what should I do for winter? I was thinking of removing the ends of the roller to protect them from winter (storing them in shed) and leaving the cover + tube on the deck all winter. Would that be the way to go?

Thanks
 

bk406

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Dec 3, 2009
2,690
Central Massachusetts
I roll mine up like you did, cover it with a winter cover, and wrap each end ( casters, handle and all) up in a tarp. I leave mine on the end of the deck all winter. Snow gets so deep you cant see the reel. This spring, I unwrapped it and all was well.
 

Redbull

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Jul 10, 2010
16
GTA, Ontario, Canada
We had the exact same storage question. Last year we rigged up a contraption to suspend it from our garage ceiling. Too hard to get up and down. What do you use as a "winter cover"?
 

mart242

LifeTime Supporter
May 3, 2010
153
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Redbull said:
We had the exact same storage question. Last year we rigged up a contraption to suspend it from our garage ceiling. Too hard to get up and down. What do you use as a "winter cover"?
On my solar blanket? A cheap tarp that I cut to fit and sealed with duct tape. Far from a waterproof seal but it should keep most of it out..
 

uping1

New member
Jun 17, 2011
2
Folsom, California
I've been a lurker on this wonderful site for over a year now and finally seeking advice I didn't find anywhere here.

I recently purchased a 16mil clear cover with reel for my in-ground pool. What should I cover it with when rolled up in the sun? I've had trouble finding white plastic sheeting that my father used to protect the pool cover when I was a kid. I picked up an all-purpose UV-protected 5.5mil blue plastic tarp from Home Depot, but my rolled-up cover still cooks underneath that tarp so think I really need white to reflect the sun's radiant heat. I live near Sacramento, California where the temps commonly reach around 100F during the summer.

Is white plastic best? What about using white cotton fabric sheets? Where to buy them?

Thanks!
 
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