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Old 10-14-2016, 09:03 AM
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Just thinking about it, why ? Pools not neat the trees at all so why bother?
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Here it's no-see-ums but we don't use ours after dark so it's not an issue and I hate pool cages.
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sunlight destroys the chlorine

Edit. I was thinking of a different type of cover, but the screened ones do reduce the strong sun light along with keeping the biting insects at bay
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Might save a kid's life.
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Old 10-14-2016, 09:31 AM
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evaporation, sunlight kills chlorine, bugs, stuff that blows into the pool
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Safety while closed for the winter
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Originally Posted by dssmith View Post
Might save a kid's life.
Turns into a block of ice bud
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Originally Posted by dssmith View Post
Might save a kid's life.
While some local governments allow the pool enclosure to count as a safety barrier technically they do not. The screens themselves have to withstand from 100 to 150 pounds of force depending on how it's applied.
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I don't cover mine and unless you open it up very early it turns into a swamp complete with snakes, frogs and tad polls.
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Pool areas are already fenced in to code , correct ?
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In season:
Sun reduces chlorine = $ for more chemicals
Evaporation causes cooling = cold pool
Evaporation reduces water level = Constant top offs
Cover reduces debris (if not trees, bugs & windblown particles)

Winter:
Cover reduces debris (see above)
Cover reduces sunlight = less algae
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Originally Posted by Alureing View Post
Turns into a block of ice bud
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Originally Posted by Alureing View Post
Turns into a block of ice bud
Before it turns into that block you get all kind of falling leaves, etc in the pool. Once it's ice you have melt, let some kid find his way into the pool area and fall through that ice and you've got a big problem, you may win but who needs the trouble.
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I assume some people answering do not have the winter we have.....Lucky them
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You probably won't use the pool for six months it will be frozen for 2-3 months. When it is not frozen it will be using chlorine and getting dirty. If you cover it you can add a little chlorine then lock that chlorine in the pool with a solid cover. When you open the pool if done right the pool will look the same as the day you closed it.

Just because you don't have any leaves you might end up with a dead squirrel or two
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I just disconnect and drain the filter and pump. Put a pack or 2 of fresh and clear in run the filter. Cover it to keep the leaves out. Grab a six pack. Drink it. Start the snowblower.

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Better question. Why not cover it?
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Originally Posted by Stickbo View Post
Better question. Why not cover it?
Exactly
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For the folks down south, the cover makes the solar collectors or any other kind of heat work a whole lot better.
A bubble pack cover is certainly not safer. In fact I have never seen a cover for a pool that you could walk on. Getting tangled up in the cover or trapped under it is far more dangerous than not being covered at all.
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Our pool area is actually an extension of the house. We have a patio area between the house and pool for the grills, tables and chairs. This (and the pool) are all within the Screened enclosure • It's a great entertainment area.. a bout 1/3 of the patio area is under roof • There is an electric awning that opens to cover another 1/3. So rain or shine we can entertain outside. We swim almost year-round with solar panels on the roof & a heat pump as backup.
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