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I am the inventor of a new and improved above ground pool cover that virtually eliminates the need for a pool cover
pillow or pump. This cover is maintenance free and allows rain water to flow through while keeping sunlight, leaves and
other debris out. I have used the same cover for the past 4 years and upon returning from 3 months in Florida have found
the cover to have approximately 2 gallons of water on it and my pool to be full to the bottom of the skimmer.

The present invention is a new type of swimming pool cover that allows water flow
through, but keep leaves, twigs and sunlight out. Installing one or more 2 inch by 3 inch PVC floor drains or similar items
to cover will solve the problem. The floor drains are installed upside down near the center of the cover. Once installed the
cover is cut in the center of the drain. Either a slit or an X will work. The metal mesh cover on the floor drain, held on to
the cover with two or more screws will hold the cut part of the pool cover flat while allowing water to pass through and
restrict sunlight. The drain is approximately 2 inches tall causing water to constantly stay on the cover to keep it from
blowing in the wind. It also allows leaves and twigs to settle on the cover and only water to pass through the drains. The
water level in the pool will remain constant. As the rain or the snow water goes through the floor drains excess pool
water will go out the skimmer. Another benefit of this invention is that the need for a cover pillow and cover pump has
been eliminated. This is a maintenance free cover that will allow people like myself to leave their pools for 3 to 6 months
and come back to find it full and clean, something the other covers can't claim as they have to constantly clear leaves
and debris from their drains.
For the past 25 years I have tried everything in the world to find the perfect swimming pool cover for my 24 foot above
ground pool. I have tried pumps and pillows to keep the water off of my cover and everything else that I could find on the
internet. All have the same problem. to much water on the cover causes the pool water to be pushed out and the cover to
rip dumping the leaves and other debris into the pool. The mesh cover is the only one that won't sag or rip. Its problem is
that rotted leaves and other debris will eventually pass through the mesh and go into your pool along with some sunlight
that will turn your pool green over the winter. What I have come up with is extremely simple and I have used it for the past
4 winters with great success. We have been going to Florida for 3 months for the past 13 years and until 4 years ago I
have always returned to a filthy pool, half full and a torn cover. The past 4 years my pool has been full, clean and my
cover intact. When the pool is to be closed the pump return line is plugged and the cover is installed. The cover is pulled
tight by hand while installing 4 or 5 cover clips around each section of the edge to keep the cover in place and to prevent
most of the wind from getting under it. The skimmer outlet line is now disconnected allowing the water level to drop to the
bottom of the skimmer basket causing the cover to tighten even more. The first rain will put enough water on the cover to
hold it down. As it continues to rain the water on the cover will pass through the floor drain and out the skimmer, but the
leaves will stay on the cover. Clamping the edges of the cover will keep it tight and only allow a set amount of water to
ever be on it. It keeps the water level in the pool constant so that you only have to add a small amount (3-5) inches
above the bottom of the skimmer when you open the pool. What I really like about it is that when I open my pool if it hasn't
rained for a day or two there is only about 2 gallons of water on my cover and it comes off easily.. I placed my floor drains
(I use 2 on my cover in case of a heavy rain) approximately 18 inches apart somewhere close to the center of the
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