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    Roller shutter pond cover

    I was closing my roller shutter garage door the other day and it made me wonder, is there any plastic version that would work horizontally over a pond?

    Thinking about it, this would be a very neat solution to covering a pond as it should be easy rolling it on and off. And all you would need to store it is the box it rolls up into, either on one edge of the pond or hanging on one side of the pond.

    At the moment, my poly carb pond covers take up a fair bit of room down the back of the pond when they are not in use.



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    Depending on the size of pond wonder if you could use a couple steel runners and do 2 sets of rollers to help with the weight snow ect. I thought about a swimming pool cover last year the ones that look like a thick wagon curtain

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    Gadgetbazza is putting one over his swimming pool not sure what type ? he may of looked into this ?
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    You can get quite big commercial ones as a domestic one would probably only be as big as a double garage door so you may need more than one plus the rails etc so could start to look a bit odd. The commercial ones could be a bit heavy too although the domestic ones aren't going to be light once they are rolled up each end of the pond so would need a solid base to make it a viable option I would say and that's before you start to consider the price!

    It would be like something out of a James Bond film if you had it with a remove opening key fob
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    Yeah it would be pretty cool.

    It crossed my mind that if I heated my pond I could pull the cover on overnight and then pull them back during the day. Even in the summer (unless air temps were higher of course). That would really keep the cost of heating down and would mean it'd be easy to hold it at 23C for quite a few months without paying too much to heat it.

    Having it automated would be even better. Have them open at dawn and close at dusk.

    I bet whatever is out there costs an arm and a leg.

    Although i'd only need hollow pvc slates a couple of runners and a pole to wind it up on.

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    I think someone needs to win the lottery ASAP lol
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    I remember someone on here got some made,they were like gazebo sides clear plastic and a great idea.
    Cant remember who did it for him though.
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    I’ve seen some photos of this kind of thing that people have done.
    Swimming pool covers can roll out of a pit- trouble is they are pretty expensive, and not designed to let light through.

    Somebody did a DIY automated pulley system to lift frames of polycarb sheet up into the roof of their pergola. That was certainly a neat system, but would be beyond my DIY skills for sure. I suppose if you can find the right motors to pull the pulleys then automating it wouldn’t be all that hard?

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    I saw exactly what Feline mentioned on someones pond who I collected my filter from, It had 2 pulleys and was really neat, just dropped it down when he wanted to. This is exactly what I would do If I had a pergola.

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    Stuffy was talking about doing some thing very similar but with double glazing don't know if it's still on the cards tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajm View Post
    Stuffy was talking about doing some thing very similar but with double glazing don't know if it's still on the cards tho
    Double glazing?? Bloody hell imagine the weight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by samp09 View Post
    Double glazing?? Bloody hell imagine the weight!
    Imagine the heat inside tho

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    That's the thing, in summer and autumn it can still get quite cool at night and I imagine over night is when you lose the lion's share of heat from the pond.

    I suppose that's what I'm really looking for. A way to cover the pond that is easy to open/close during the day and night. But I don't want to keep lugging my winter covers on and off.

    The winch system sounds intriguing.

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    Stick some pictures of pond up and see what we can come up with. Some will be stupid but might just be a diamond in the rough

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    Did you see GARDEN RESCUE the other night they did a veggie garden on a gallows and lowered it up and down on rope
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wain View Post
    Did you see GARDEN RESCUE the other night they did a veggie garden on a gallows and lowered it up and down on rope

    Looking like this ish
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wain View Post
    Looking like this ish

    Try again with attachment
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    Last attempt . . do not know what is happening

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