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    Automatic pool cover install under diving board?

    We're having a PCS automatic pool cover installed on our Minnesota 18x36 vinyl liner pool. It will be installed recessed under the concrete at the end of the pool where the diving board is. The installer was out the other day to mark the area where the concrete will be cut. After cutting the concrete, they will build a wood vault for the motor / mechanism. My concern is how close the concrete cut will be to the edge of the pool. Due to the location of the diving board, the wood vault that contains the mechanism will be set back only 5 inches from the edge of the pool. In other words, there will only be 5 inches between the wood vault and the water. The vault will be approx 15 inches below ground level. Will 5 inches between vault and edge of pool be enough to properly support the edge of the pool? Some of the documents I've seen state that there should be 12 inches between the edge of the pool and the vault, but my installer maintains there will be no issues. The last thing I want to do is affect the structural integrity of the pool. Is a 5 inch setback enough? Thanks!
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    Re: Automatic pool cover install under diving board?

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    Re: Automatic pool cover install under diving board?

    The pool is a vinyl liner. I've attached a couple of photos showing the area marked for the vault. Notice the last photo with the tape measure showing 5 inches between pool edge and where the vault will be dug into the deck. Iím concerned about compromising the integrity of the pool sidewall along that edge. The vault will be constructed out of 2x12 (maybe 2x14?) treated lumber. Iím by no means a pool construction whiz, but installation manuals that Iíve seen to date show a minimum of 12 inches at this point vs. the 5 inches that my installer will work with. We live in MN, so the pool does freeze in the winter.
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    Re: Automatic pool cover install under diving board?

    Hmm, I dont personally think that will be a problem, we don't have an automatic cover and have been looking into it. A family member has an automatic cover and theirs is 6 inches from the edge of the pool... I wouldn't be surprised if there is an installation manual online. I saw another pool build where there was only an inch or so in-between the pool and the cove.
    Purposed new pool at home being built- 20x40 vinyl pool, 20ft vinyl covered steps, Automatic cover, 6 ft sheer decent, 4 lighted deck jets, lime stone coping, easy touch, heat pump, SPA- 8x8 fiberglass shell, limestone steps surrounding
    previous home- 16 x 32 IG Vinyl- Install- Mid June 2011. 3ft Shallow 8ft Deep/ Totally Hayward 1HP pump/ 250 pound Sand/ AquaPro800 Heat pump/ Blue Hampton Liner/ 2 Intellibrite LED Lights/ Polaris 360/ 4 Deckjet II's/ 3ft concrete Apron/ 800 sq ft Paver Patio

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    Re: Automatic pool cover install under diving board?

    Tatertot09...thanks for the confirmation. Was exactly what I was hoping to hear. I also got a chance yesterday to speak with the owner of Midwest Covers in Iowa, and he also mentioned that it should not be an issue. Too bad I don't live closer to him, as he'd be great to do the cover. He took my call and spent as much time as I needed to ask questions about automatic pool covers. All this knowing that there was no way he'd get the job due to geographic difference.
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