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How to Install a Safety Cover

With just a little bit of know-how, some elbow grease, and help from a friend or two, you can save a bunch of money and install your own safety cover

Required Materials

1) Positioning the Safety Cover

To begin, we’re going to use our water-filled 5 gallon buckets to temporarily hold the pool cover in place. Place 4 of the buckets at each of your pool’s corners, and space the remaining buckets around the pool where they will pick up slack.

Now, unroll your cover and place it in position over the pool.

Buckets in place and cover ready!

Cover is placed. Take care to position properly, setting overlap equal on all sides.

2) Preparing to Drill

Once the cover has been placed properly and the overlap is even on all sides, it’s time to mark our anchor points.

Begin by marking 4 anchor points at the center strap of each side of the pool. Anchor points must sit 18″ from the edge of the cover (not the edge of the pool), and they must be in line exactly with each strap.

Initial anchor installation can begin after you determine the order in which they will be installed. We recommend beginning with the ends of the pool and then moving on to the sides of the pool.

Note: before beginning anchor installation, examine Appendix A: Anchor Installation Specifications to determine ideal tools and methods for different types of decks.

3) Drilling The Deck

Use the hammer drill with a 3/4″ masonry bit to create a neat 3″ deep hole in the deck at your assigned anchor locations. If necessary, use cool water to keep the drill area cool.

Once that’s done, clean out the holes with your vacuum.

Have a helper on hand to keep your drill bit cool

Cleaning out dust and debris prepares the hole for anchor installation.

4) Installing Anchor Casings

Separate the brass insert from the brass anchor casing and set it aside. Use a hammer and tamping tool to push the brass casing into the hole until it is flush with the deck surface. Use extreme caution not to damage the deck!

Note: If desired, apply a small amount of epoxy glue to the cleaned, empty anchor holes. This will create a stronger hold between the deck and the anchor.

Carefully tamp the anchor’s brass casing into the hole using a hammer and tamping tool.

The brass anchor casing must be pressed until the top is flush with the deck surface.

If deck chipping makes Anchor Collars necessary, place a ring over the anchor.

Epoxy can potentially create a stronger bond between your deck and the anchor casing. This is optional.

5) Installing Anchor Inserts

Use the Allen Wrench to insert the anchor insert into the brass casing. Leave approximately 1/3 of the anchor insert above the deck surface. (This instruction is the same if anchor collars are not used).

Leave 1/3 of the anchor insert above the deck surface, whether or not you are using anchor collars.

6) Connecting Straps to Anchors

Fasten springs to each of the 4 straps. Tighten straps until springs are compressed by 50%. Place the end of the installation rod through the loop at the end of the spring. Slide the loop up the rod until the rod end can be placed over the anchor.

Spring is positioned around installation bar, and the installation bar is angled so that it reaches the anchor.

Installation bar is pulled back, loading the spring and installing it to the anchor.

The strap spring loop is now held in place by the anchor top.

Repeat this procedure until all 4 primary anchor points are installed.

7) Properly Aligning Remaining Anchors

Using your chalk line, mark an anchor point for each of your safety covers remaining straps 18″ from the cover’s edge.

When all anchors have been installed, secure the remaining straps by working your way from the center anchors to the corners.

8) Inspect Your Installation

When complete, the cover will be held taut, roughly even with the deck surface. It should not droop into the pool water. Make sure all springs are no more than 50% compressed.

Appendix A: Anchor Installation Specifications

For Concrete Decks

  • Use a Rotary Hammer Drill w/ 3/4″ Masonry Bit, create 3″ deep anchor holes.

For Wood Decks

  • Use a Drill w/ 1 1/2″ Self-Boring Bit, countersink a hole 1/8″ deep. Drill a 3/4″ diameter hole at least 2″ deep directly in the center of the hole. Use provided wood screws to secure the anchor to the deck.

For Brick or Stone Decks

  • Use a Rotary Hammer Drill w/ 1″ Masonry Bit, drill through brick or stone to soft ground.
    Be extremely careful not to cause damage to brick or stone when drilling.

Appendix B: Raised Areas

Walls, waterfalls, or elevated spas must have special treatment since there is no deck available to secure an anchor cable buddies will be needed. See instructions for installing a cable kit.

When installing a cover with a raised area, this section of the cover MUST be installed first.

  1. Locate the section of the cover showing no straps. You will find D-rings under the edge of the cover.
  2. Stretch the cover over the pool making sure it is positioned correctly in area to be cabled. Use buckets of water to hold the cover. Adjust for exact overlap, keeping in mind that there will be no overlap in raised wall area. The cover will butt up to the wall.
  3. Determine where the cable buddies will be drilled into the obstruction based on the d-ring locations. Install cable buddies per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  4. Run cable through d-rings and hook d-rings to cable buddies.
  5. Using the cable clamp make a loop on one end of the cable and use clamp to hold in place. Hook this to a deck anchor at the beginning of the cabled area.
  6. Using the turn buckle for the other end of the cable run cable through turn buckle and hold in place with a cable clamp. Hook the turn buckle to a deck anchor at the other end of the cabled area. Once all d-rings are in place tighten the turn buckle to tighten cable.
  7. Once this is completed you can continue with the rest of the cover installation.

Appendix C: Spring Installation

  1. Pull end of strap through the first opening in the buckle.
  2. Continue down through the middle opening.
  3. Place flat end of spring on strap.
  4. Pull strap back through the middle.
  5. Pull strap down through the remaining opening.
  6. The protective spring cover is an important safety feature and should always be placed over the length of the spring.

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