Hi, i’m mike the poolman. Pool service and repair in El Dorado Hills and Folsom, California. Today I’m going to show you how to make your own swimming pool solar cover (squares). These are inexpensive, easy to make, they help retain heat and they’re very effective at controlling evaporation.
Especially (important) during these drought years. Alright let’s get to it and by the way before I do I want to clarify because I didn’t do so in the open, that we are making homemade solar rings or solar squares. The parts we’ll need are 10 items: half inch PVC pipe.
You can buy these in 10 foot sections at any hardware store. We will be cutting them into 40 inch sections or 40 inch pieces. PVC pipe cutters or a saw. Half inch PVC elbows. PVC glue. Zip ties. Wire cutters to trim the zip ties. A nail to poke a hole in the blanket and.
And the bubble cover itself otherwise known as a solar blanket. And we’ll also need a pair of scissors to cut the solar blanket. I forgot to leave them out here in the scene because they’re in my pocket, I apologize. You can see a solar blanket laying off to the side here. Okay, here I am.
In fast motion trying not to waste any of your time, trying to show you as quickly as possible how to assemble this. You just need to put a little glue on the end of your precut sections of 40 inch pipe. This isn’t under pressure so you don’t have to have perfect glue joints, you just want to keep it watertight. Once it’s assembled.
And in the water these things will last for years and years because the PVC pipe in the sun, in water isn’t going to go bad. You may have to replace the solar blanket portion of it every two to three years but at the costs we’re doing it it’s well worth it. Okay I just put the pipe together.
And i’ve got a little section a blanket here for you. i’m going to take out my scissors, my dull scissors, and cut as quickly as I can a crossed the blanket. It’s probably about a 41 or 42 inch square. I need to thank my wife here for holding the camera still.
And her production abilities. i am an excellent pool service and repair technician however my tutorial skills are limited so I apologize for the volume sound, for the funky tutorial but again, I’m very competent in the pool world and this is it excellent way to save money and to make a very effective solar ring or solar square.
House Solar Water Pump Working Prototype
This is something i’ve been working on for a while, a gravity feed solarpowered water system for a house. It works if you are in an area with no hard freezes. You could also use it for cattle stock tanks and such any time you need to pump water It could be a home fish pond or anything like that.
As you can see we have a couple of small solar panels here They are 2 x 40 watts and we have a water tank the only thing going on the water tank, we have a switch Let me get a closeup of the switch This is the switch sitting on top of the water tank. Got this stainless steel bowl screwed to the top of it to keep water out.
And this is what the switch looks like off of there. Not much to it. There’s normally open normally closed connections there’s a string that the floats are tied to. And there’s a lever that when the string is pulled a lever activates the switch Floats are in here, nothing special just a couple of floats.
The switch wire leads down to the panel and turns the power on and off to the pump which is down stairs. We’ll go look at that Before I forget, the water tank is connected thru the bottom to a 2 inch pipe that does down this way And simply connects to the house water system You can see a red valve there where you can shut it on and off.
Goes down into the house there. now let’s go downstairs and take a look at the pump that pumps the water back up this direction The wires come from solar panel. Right now they are draped over the front of the building Not beautiful, we will put them inside if we decide this will work well. They run down to the face of the building they come across here.
To this little pump right here. there’s not much to it It’s a 24volt pump that pumps 2 liters per minute which is a very minuscule amount. The pump intake is hooked over here to the city water through a sand filter Back in there is the sand filter, if you can see it.
It runs down here, runs through the pump. it’s a diaphragm pump It’s typical working pressure is 80 PSI It’s capable of more than 130 PSI which is a lot and that is the reason I have a cutoff switch a high pressure cutoff switch here This is all out of one of those Reverse Osmosis systems.
The pump is wired through here to the switch, there’s a fuse in there. 1 way valve to keep water from backing up through it and then through this side and the put back into the house over there So this is it. There are 3 persons living in the house and so far the this 2 liter per minute 24 volt pump running on those 2 panels on the roof.