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joeg679 08-01-2010 11:04 PM

Above ground pool cover question
I have an above ground pool with a deck all the way around it. Every year when I get it covered, the inflatable pillows always deflate and I end up with a ton of water on the cover, then the pump winds up ripping the cover. The liner recently ripped and I am not gonna replace it until next year, but I still need to cover it for the winter. I was thinking of covering it as usual, but first I was going to lay pvc pipes every 5 or so feet then lay the cover on top of that so it doesn't sag. Do you guys have any other suggestions. I was also thinking about building a structure out of pvc, kind of like a table, that I would put on the floor of the pool and that would hold up the cover. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

nap 08-01-2010 11:38 PM

My dad used to use empty (and cleaned) plastic gallon milk jugs or something such as that and floated them on the water to support his cover. For that to work the water lever would have to be quite high. I know some people that lower the water level in the winter freeze. It would not work for them.

the pvc pipes will sag as they cross the pool. The will not support themselves let along and weight from water on the cover.

something along the lines of your table in the pool:

a single tent pole type structure for the center of the pool. You would have to put a large flat plate on the bottom end so it doesn't pierce the bottom of the pool and something such as a large salad bowl shaped piece (upside down) for the top so it won't pierce the top.

joeg679 08-01-2010 11:41 PM

Thanks a lot.

Jas.Dou 08-02-2010 09:48 AM

You can also give the cover a slight angle so that the water will spill off instantly.

Scuba_Dave 08-02-2010 10:10 AM

Do you leave the pump in there ?
I'd think it would freeze

Maybe run some foam around the pump might be the easiest fix

joeg679 08-02-2010 10:12 AM

I leave it on the top of the cover and move it to suck up the water and it always rips it, no matter how careful I am.

HornedOwl 08-02-2010 09:19 PM

I had the same problem 5 years ago and I purchase a reel, I forgot the exact "arrangement" of the name but you can find it using these words on the net above-ground rugged mesh winter pool cover - pool size: 12' x 20' oval- arctic armor or you can just click the link :D

However, I'm not sure if it fits all sizes of aboveground swimming pool

joeg679 08-02-2010 10:22 PM


Jim F 08-03-2010 04:41 PM

I'd be more inclined to use a shop vac to suck the water off. I think you'd be less likely to rip the liner.

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