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Posted by dold on November 9, 2006, 7:14 pm

My roller is about 3 feet from the end of the pool, out over the water, so
the cover doesn't drag at all.  Then the reel rolls out of the way.

The stupid straps rot out every year.  I would expect that a product
designed to be used on a pool would withstand sun and chlorine better than
this strapping does.  And it's an odd size which weaves through the
attachment plates, so I can't readily substitute some other material.

Leave the cover cut a little large for a few days.  It will expand some,
and it's easier to cut it again that to glue it back together. ;-)

The loss by having it too small is one factor, but you also don't want to
have enough open water for wind to get under the edge of the blanket.
Keeping it close to the wall, maybe under the lip of the pool edge, keeps
the wind out.

I have purchased some products from http://www.aqua-pool-warehouse.com/
That's not where I got the solar reel with the rotting straps.

Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley Lake, CA, USA  GPS: 38.8,-122.5

Posted by TH on November 10, 2006, 12:17 am

maxwell@ldc.upenn.edu wrote:

http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/water_heating/index.cfm/mytopic 140).

I had a Kidney shaped pool for twenty years and used a solar blanket
most every day.
By all means cut it. It's pretty easy and will loo better. Also it will
cover the surface better.

I'd buy a reaal, but don't worry about it wearing out from rubbing.
rubbed everytime I realed it in. They always wore out due to UV light
and chlorine
eventually destroying the plastic. I found that a 5 year blanket lasted
5 years.
I'd buy the thickest they make. I always mail ordered mine. A lot
cheaper than the local pool place.

I've cut it too short more than once. Unless its really bad, i really
doubt you'd see any difference. When I cut mine it cut it too big then
when back later and trimmed it up.

I found the greatest benefit of these things is preventing heat loss at
night. It helps
durring the day too, but I found that it kept in more heat during the
night than it generated during the day, but that was in Oregon were the
nights get cool even if it gets in the 80's during the day.


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