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Old 06-18-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Looking for recommendations for above ground pool. Anyone got one? cant decide on the round circle things or the flat sheet type.
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:11 AM
 
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LOVE LOVE LOVE ours

We got the round sheet type one, 18ft round, paid apx. $56 or so... It's a Ray-Maxx brand and it's made of extruded material which is supposed to be good...

We ordered ours from pooldeals.com and got free shipping... Although it took about 9 days to get it...

We got the blue one, a 12 gauge... Not the lowest gauge, but not the highest one either...

What I love so much is that it is so easy to put on... I can put it on by myself if I need to and even easier when hubs is home to help me... The cover goes on bubbles down, so the water pressure forms around the bubbles and kind of suctions it to the water... So far, even on our windiest nights, the cover has stayed on... It really really helps to keep the pool clean and helps with water evaporation... We actually got it more for the pool covering issue than for the heating the water issue... With our regular pool cover it would blow off easily and it was hard to tie it around the pool and was heavy and a pain to put on, but the solar cover makes life sooo much easier... Just tonight hubs said he wished we would have invested in one 2 seasons ago...

We do not have a solar cover reel, to reel the cover in or out, all we do is pull it off the top of the water when the pool is going to be used and we fold it up and put it on the back porch and then we just unfold it and put it back on when we are done using the pool...

Hope this info helps...
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:22 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It helps a bunch. Thanks. I was also wondering about it making the water warmer. That would be great in the spring & fall but the last thing we want right now is warmer water.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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The blue one we got doesn't heat the water too much... It does heat it on the top portion of the pool, maybe the first 6-12 inches, but the bottom portion of the pool is still cool... Once I turn on the pump and get the water moving it actually makes the water really comfortable... My kids love it now, they hated jumping into the cold water, but now the water feels almost bath like, not hot, but not cold... Just refreshing, KWIM???
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The blue one we got doesn't heat the water too much... It does heat it on the top portion of the pool, maybe the first 6-12 inches, but the bottom portion of the pool is still cool... Once I turn on the pump and get the water moving it actually makes the water really comfortable... My kids love it now, they hated jumping into the cold water, but now the water feels almost bath like, not hot, but not cold... Just refreshing, KWIM???
Do you have in ground or above? Ours is above and in the evenings it's already like bath water, even thou hi it's 6 1/2 ft at the deepest. Also heard about the liquid stuff, SAWS approved.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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We have an above ground pool... I don't know why our water always seems so dang cold, but not so much now with the solar cover... What liquid stuff did SAWS approve???
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:35 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Not sure who I was talking to yesterday, either Warehouse pools or Leslie. But thats what they claim. Haven't researched it yet so I cant say one way or another. I'm just looking for other options other than the blanket type. We have a 18ft x 38ft and it would be nearly impossible for me to do the cover by myself and that would kill me using the pool during the day....
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