‘Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’, so said my mother (mumble, mumble). Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve never found this to be so. Pounds (the paper ones) have always flowed through my fingers like water, whereas pennies (and I include the current pound coins) seem to gather and collect in obscure corners of furniture where they breed and multiply over the years.
Be that as it may, in the spirit of saving more than a few pennies á la Barry Bucknell, I offer you the following DIY project that is guaranteed to save you a small fortune if you are thinking of buying a thermal cover for your swimming pool. It will also have you hopping-mad, á la new Residency Permit prices, if you have just gone out and bought one!
A sharp knife or scissors
A suitable amount of horticultural grade bubble wrap
Something for rolling the seams
A willing helper
A sweat rag
Cut enough equal lengths of bubble wrap to cover your pool. Get your helper to butt the first and second sheets together while you apply ‘Gaffer’ tape along the seam and roll the tape to ensure strong adhesion. Repeat this with subsequent sheets. J and I can tape and roll 3x8mts lengths in about 30 minutes. Fold over and tape one end allowing enough for a length of plastic water pipe to pass through – this will make the putting on and taking off easy.
One of these covers lasts us about 3 years before it begins to fall to bits. It is very efficient at keeping debris off the pool (we are surrounded by trees and shrubs and want to keep them in place), it provides excellent thermal insulation and extends your season at both ends of the year. You’ll also find that you don’t need to ‘vacuum’ the pool so often. If you want to use a roller to help put the cover on and off you’ll have to ask elsewhere, we’ve never bothered.
You could also cut the cover to the shape of you pool; we share ours with various friendly frogs, waterboatmen, etc so we keep our cover larger than pool size so that the edges provide plenty of air space for the visiting wildlife.
And that’s it!
Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü
Theirs cost: TL650 and upwards
Ours costs: TL30 (plastic) TL10 (tape) + lots of fun and swearing!