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#1 Texas Deere and Horse OFFLINE  

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Posted June 15, 2014 - 10:40 PM

I have finally had enough of getting in the pool to cool off and just get hotter. So I built an inexpensive pool shade out of PVC pipe, swim noddles and a good tarp. I bought a 10' X 20' tarp and a 160' of 1" Schedule 40 pipe, T- fittings, 90 degree elbows.

 

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Posted June 16, 2014 - 02:17 AM

Great idea and well put together.  If it ever rains in Texas you may be in trouble though.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 05:35 AM

Neat idea, Brian! I'd also be concerned with wind blowing it away!


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 05:38 AM

I just can't imagine how hot your pool must get that you need a shade , people here canceled their pool party on Sat. because the water was cold and their pool heater wasn't working  lol .  Is this a common  thing in Texas ? 


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 06:00 AM

That won't carry any sort of snow load. :smilewink:

 

I just can't imagine how hot it must get down there to

create a "too warm of a pool" situation.

 

Surface temp out in the middle of Lake Huron is still 4c (39f)


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 06:42 AM

That's a beautiful thing, man.  Looks like something I would come up with.  Hope that's not an insult as it's not my intent.  I too would be worried about wicked winds but it looks as though your pool is pretty well protected.  Nice pool by the way.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 07:20 AM

That is a neat Idea.  How do you anchor it?

 

We swam yesterday in the in-laws pool.  The water was only 78 degrees.

 

No pool heater.  We have had many cool nights this year.  Not much good for pools.

 

Their pool is so huge the heater runs for days if they turn it on.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 08:19 AM

I have finally had enough of getting in the pool to cool off and just get hotter. So I built an inexpensive pool shade out of PVC pipe, swim noddles and a good tarp. I bought a 10' X 20' tarp and a 160' of 1" Schedule 40 pipe, T- fittings, 90 degree elbows.

 

:thumbs: :thumbs:  Neat idea.  I like a pool but  I don't need that much direct sunlight. :thumbs:     Rick


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 09:09 AM

Nice job. That is cool Brian. I agree with the wind blowing it away concerns and It may sink under a heavy rain. You may have to tie it down and melt a couple of holes into the center of each bay for drainage. When the sun eats that tarp, you can try a silver tarp to reflect more of the heat. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 09:26 AM

Neat idea Brian.  Can you disassemble it if need be for weather?


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 09:54 AM

A real "Cool" idea. We had a pool when I was growing up but our problem was keeping warm, not cooling off. We would start swimming in June when the water would hit about 60F. The warmest it would ever get would be high 70s for a week or 2 maybe.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 10:23 AM

Thanks Guys, I plan on using sand bags to keep it in the pool with all the wind we have. I also want to make a couple drain holes in the low spots of the tarp. The water temp. is already up to 86 F and this is more to keep the sun off me while cooling off in the pool.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 10:43 AM

Nice work Brian.  Your pool and yard are beautiful.  It should shade you nicely.  


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 11:10 AM

Great idea Brian!  I have a much easier way to cool off....a cool shower!  No extra work with a shower!  :smilewink:   I don't miss my pool at all.  But then your pool is much nicer than what I had, and likely easier to maintain.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 12:23 PM

Good job on the shade cover Brian. I'm like you in that when I get in the water I want to feel refreshed, not like I'm jumping in a bathtub. We have the opposite problem here in PA. After a cool spring, our pool water is still too chilly for me. The grand kids however have been in numerous times already.


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