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How to Install an above Ground Pool Cover

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It is time to install the pool cover on your above ground pool.

How can this be done easily and correct?

First, the correct cover is needed. 

Pool covers come in different shapes and sizes.  If the pool is round, then the cover must be for a round pool.  If the pool is oval, then an oval cover is needed.  If is rectangular, then a rectangular cover must be used.

The pool cover must fit the pool.  If it is a twenty-seven foot round pool, then a cover that will fit that size pool must be used. If the pool is twenty-four feet, a different size cover should be used.

Otherwise, the cover will either be too loose or won’t fully cover the water.

Other necessary items are a rubber coated wire and a metal sprocket. You should also have an inflatable plastic bubble approximately three feet long.

To prepare for installation of the cover over the pool, the cover should be fully unfolded and spread over the ground.

Look at the cover and see if there is any difference in the sides.  Should one side be against the water and the other side facing the sky?  Probably not, but it best to check to see if there is any difference in the loops or anything that would cause a problem if installed in correctly.

It is time for all the installers to get together.  The minimum number of people is two.  Three would be better.  Any number after that is excellent.

First, the rubber bubble should be filled with air.  It should be filled as much as possible without exploding it.

After it is filled, a rope should be tied to two of the round holes on direct opposite sides of the bubble.  Each rope should be about three feet longer than one half the size of the pool width. 

One rope should be then tied to a pool railing.  It should be tied securely.

The other rope should then be tied to a railing directly opposite from the first tie down.  The second rope should be pulled and tied very tight. 

When the tying is finished, the bubble should be sitting high in the water.  Each rope should be taut and hanging like the cables on a suspension bridge.

At least one person should grab each side of the spread-out pool cover and walk toward the pool.  If there is another person available, then the third installer should grab the cover in the back between then the two installers on the side.

As the side installers walk towards the pool, the third installer should guide the back of the cover to the pool like an usher handling a bride’s train as she walks down the church isle.  It should not touch the ground where it could get stuck.

The side installers should aim the pool cover to slide over one of the bubble ropes.  Once the front of the cover is over the rope, each should walk forward pulling the cover as it slides over the bubble rope.  Each should pull in a slightly upward direction in order to keep the cover out of the water.

Once the cover has been pulled over the full size of the pool, the rear installer should exert enough force to stop the forward motion of he cover.  The cover should be sitting over the bubble and covering the full bubble.

The coated wire that came with the cover will now be looped through each of the circular holes at the end of the cover. Work in one direction.  One person should hold the back end to make sure that as the wire is looped through all the holes, it is not pulled loose from where it started.

After the looping is completed, slide one end of the wire through one of the holes on the metal sprocket and tie a knot to keep it from sliding back through the hole.

The other end of the wire should now go through opposite hole on the metal sprocket and wrapped around the axle in the inside of the sprocket.  The axle is attached and is rotated by a handle on the outside of the sprocket.

The sprocket should be held in one hand while the other hand turns the handle.  This will tighten the cover side to lay flat against the sides of the pool.

Another installer should walk around the perimeter of the pool and as the cover is tightened, place the cover ends under the tightened wire.

The cover should now be tight against the sides of the pool.

To keep the cover tight and not have the wind blow it up, place plastic locking pipes over the edges of the pool cover and attach them to the undersides of the pool railing.

Another option is to fill plastic bottles with water and tie them to the holes in the edges of the pool cover and let them either dangle or sit on the ground.  The weight of the bottles will keep the cover secure.

The pool is now covered and ready for the off-season.

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