How do I measure my pool for a custom solar cover?

Video: Poolside Chat Episode #14 – Custom Solar Pool Covers

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • How do I measure my pool for a custom solar pool cover?

Now here’s your hosts – Matt and Rob.

Poolside Chat Episode #14 Video

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Rob: Hello, welcome back to another great episode of Poolside Chat presented by I’m what you call the QB1 of Poolside Chat, Rob.

Matt: And I am Matt and you are by far the QB3 on this. The camera guy’s even QB2. You’re RG3. He’s Colt McCoy. I’m Kirk Cousins. Let’s do this, all right.

Rob: All right we’ll go with that.

Matt: Okay.

Rob: What’s on deck today?

Matt: We got Karen with a K, they always say that.

Rob: Yes.

Matt: They are very, very particular about how you spell their name. I’m sorry Karen if you get angry. She has a question about solar covers. It goes as such; do these solar covers fit odd shaped pools? Mine is shaped like a figure eight. If not, what do you recommend?

Rob: Well you can definitely use a solar cover on an odd shaped pool. They only are offered in rectangles. They don’t do custom shapes so basically what you have to do is to order a rectangle large enough to cover your entire pool. You lay it over your pool, bubble side down; let it sit overnight so it kind of forms to the lip of the pool, take a pair of scissors or an X-ACTO knife and cut around the edge and you have your custom shaped solar cover.

Matt: That sounds fun, like a little arts and crafts situation going on after work, except more expensive, with no Popsicle sticks.

Rob: Yes.

Matt: I like it, add some macaroni and I’m there.

Rob: All right.

Matt: All right

Rob: Nailed it.

Matt: Yes, dismount. Good job.

Rob: Yes.

Matt: Mainly you on that one.

Rob: Carried it.

Matt: It was kind of a short answer. I could have done better.

Rob: My back hurts from carrying the load on this one.

Matt: What was that, I think that was a chubby joke and I don’t appreciate it. But if you have any questions for us you can always contact us at 877-372-6038 or you can subscribe to our YouTube channel and we also have a free pool maintenance guide. Guess how long it is?

Rob: I can’t even, I don’t know, what 10-12 pages?

Matt: Ten times that, my friend. 128 pages, triple digits, triple digits. That’s darn good.

Rob: That’s really good.

Matt: Darn good, but feel free to subscribe to the newsletter and we will shoot you that. It’s been fantastic.

Rob: Yes, it’s been real.

Matt: Thank you RG3, aka Bob. Bye.

Rob: Bye.

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