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    Question Req: Pics of your installed automatic cover

    We are planning on putting an automatic cover - likely Aquamatic - on our new pool build. I would like to have as realistic a sense as possible as to what this will look like when it is done. So many of the pics online are artfully shot from a short distance, they don't give a true sense of what equipment is exposed and visible.

    So leading edges and guide rails - let me see the "worst" automatic covers have to offer!

    I would also love to see some pics of the covers themselves after a few years. There has been a lot of discussion on this board about how the covers get dirty, with mixed reviews on the pros and cons of various covers. Again, I'd like to have a realistic idea of what this cover will look like in a few years.

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    Re: Req: Pics of your installed automatic cover

    Welcome to TFP!!

    Here is a link to our build thread and a few pictures of our Coverstar autocover. Please ignore the one artfully shot picture taken from a short distance (and with a large aperture). I don't have a picture after a few years, but the cover looks pretty much the same (I've cleaned it once and applied 303 Aerospace Protectant in the 3rd season). There is one stained area that doesn't come clean (at least not that easily). It is where the cover pump rests. Water pools a little around it and then causes a ring. No big deal though. I just make sure to place the pump in the same place each time.

    This spring when opening, I found a rodent hole in the cover, near the leading bar in the edge, the size of softball but irregular. Sure glad he/she didn't go through multiple layers on the reel. I ordered a patch kit and it blends right in now. Now what to put down in the pit, moth balls, Irish Spring, dryer sheets or peppermint oil...or something else that will make me think I'm keeping the mice away but in reality who knows.


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    Re: Req: Pics of your installed automatic cover

    Hey bmoreswim, sounds like you use a winter safety cover and leave your auto cover rolled up in the winter. We had a pool built this spring with an auto cover and also will be using a loop loc cover over the winter. I was concerned about rolling it up wet with the potential for mold damage and also mice nesting and doing damage. Have you had any mold issues? Any input on keeping the mice out? With the high cost of these auto covers I would be really upset to roll out a piece of moldy Swiss cheese in the spring. Lol
    20X40 Vinyl 25000 gallon In Ground pool built June 2016. Pentair intelliflo, Pentair 420 cartridge filter, Pool Pilot Digital with SC 42, (2) Pentair color 5g led lights, auto cover, (3) water jets, Polaris 280 cleaner with booster pump

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    Re: Req: Pics of your installed automatic cover

    Yes, with an free-form, you are pretty much stuck with the surface rails. I was not wild about them, but they are very low profile in my case. In my case (coverstar), the cover/motor is underground, so that is nice. The grand kids learned quickly keep away from it. It does look much better for a rectangular pool installed like bmoreswim's installation. Here are some pics from mine. Note the ladder selections needed for the autocover.











    38'x16' Fiberglass pool - 3.5' - 8' deep - 19,000 gallons. AutoPilot Total Control SWG (RC-52 cell), Pentair SuperFlo VS, Pentair SD70 Sand Filter, Coverstar Automatic Cover, 10' board, PAL Treo lighting, Polaris 9550 Sport robot, Lamotte ColorQ Pro 7 test kit.

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    Re: Req: Pics of your installed automatic cover

    Thank you both for the pics! Keep em coming!

    bmoreswim - we will have something similar with a rectangular pool. This is really what I am after - how much we can conceal the cover. Frankly, I would like no sign of it whatsoever when retracted. But realistically, there will be some, so I want to know how much I am going to need to deal with seeing.

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    Re: Req: Pics of your installed automatic cover

    On page 15 of this brochure is what you are looking for to hide the leading edge bar when retracted. It's called the Extended Vanishing Lid from Coverpools.

    http://www.coverpools.com/images/doc...URE-LowRes.pdf

    Did have the one mouse issue. Zero issues with mold forming from rolling the cover up wet for each of 3 winters (or during extended periods during the summer).
    18'x38' Rectangle (3'-8 1/2' deep w/ diving board) - 27K gal. Saltwater w/ gray plaster
    Hayward equipment (cartridge filter, 2-speed pump, salt cell, automation) View Our Build
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    Re: Req: Pics of your installed automatic cover

    Here is our cover.
    The details of the cover can be found if you follow the link in my signature.

    It looks messy right now with the leaves and all. This is the first full season with the cover. So far no holes or issues. We do use looploc cover in the winter.

    Pool build spring/summer 2015. IG. 750 sq ft pool. 40 sq.ft spa. 18ft x 42ft rectangle, 31,000 gallons, SWG, DE Pentair model, 2 boosters variable speed model, heater master temp Pentair, Quartz finish Aegean Green, CoverStar Automated Pool Cover, Kreepy Krawley Platinum, TF100,SpeedStir My Build in Progress

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    Re: Req: Pics of your installed automatic cover

    We have our cover under stone. The stone is very heavy, I have a very hard time moving the stone, much more difficult to move then I thought. I've only had to move some stones once to adjust one of the support brackets. If you you want more views of the stone cover let me know.
    Here the cover is under stones, from the current angle you see where the cover is.


    Here is a closer view of the cover under the stones. The shade and lighting hide the view a bit in this angle.
    Pool build spring/summer 2015. IG. 750 sq ft pool. 40 sq.ft spa. 18ft x 42ft rectangle, 31,000 gallons, SWG, DE Pentair model, 2 boosters variable speed model, heater master temp Pentair, Quartz finish Aegean Green, CoverStar Automated Pool Cover, Kreepy Krawley Platinum, TF100,SpeedStir My Build in Progress

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