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Thread: Trouble with Safety Cover Anchors

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    Trouble with Safety Cover Anchors

    I have a Merlin Mesh safety cover. During opening and closing of the pool, I often experience trouble turning the anchors with my hex tool. The brass anchors just become to **** hard to turn. I've already stripped one of my hex tools and had to buy another one. I've also tried vacumming up the dirt and debris that gets inside with a shop vac. Appreciate any feedback.
    Thank you. Adge

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    Re: Trouble with Safety Cover Anchors

    Drip some water on the anchors and then gently rotate the anchor screw back and forth slowly opening farther each time. The water will seep into the threads and loosen the dirt.
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    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Northern NJ

    Re: Trouble with Safety Cover Anchors

    I do the same...almost. My brass anchors have a large slot in addition to the hex accommodation. After soaking with WD-40, I use a very large screw driver and open-close-open-close the anchor and advance counter-clockwise a little further with each turn. Eventually you'll back it out.
    Best thing to do is remove the male anchor fitting completely and thoroughly clean and lube the entire assembly.
    Anthony Pool, 35k gal plaster, DE (1.5hp Ultraflow), Rainbow 320, Dolphin Diagnostic 2001 (Advantage) & Polaris, Retrofitted Anthony mod #20 120v Niche light with Pentair 5G & adapter ring, 70's build / recoped and plastered 1.5 years ago

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    Oct 2007
    Philadelphia, PA

    Re: Trouble with Safety Cover Anchors

    I also hit each anchor with a jet of water from a hose with a nozzle before moving them -- either opening or closing. This removes most of the grit and helps keep the threads clean. If you feel grit in the threads, remove the anchor and clean the threads before it gets so bad you can't remove it.
    11x27 in ground, vinyl pool
    ~12,500 gal
    PAC FAB (Pentair) Pinnacle 3/4 hp pump
    Pentair 24 sq ft DE filter
    One skimmer, one return (no main drain)

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    Re: Trouble with Safety Cover Anchors

    Thanks for the advice. Appreciate it.

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