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    Apr 2013

    Pool Safety Cover

    Going to be installing a 20 foot by 40 foot free form mountain lake type pool. The pool company wants $4600 for a solid safety cover installed. I am pretty sure I can do it myself for about half or less? Has anyone installed their own mesh or solid safety covers with any tips or ideas? Also where did you purchase the cover? and did you take all the measurements yourself?

    Thanks in advance guys and girls...
    24,000 gallon vinyl, 2 main drains, 2 skimmers, 4 returns, 2 inch pipe suction, 1.5 inch return. Pentair VS pump, Pentair IC-40 SWG, Pentair SD-80 filter. TF-100.

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    Apr 2007
    SW Indiana

    Re: Pool Safety Cover

    I installed my own. You'll want to invest in a hammer drill and a good bit. I paid $1200 for my mesh cover online. Measured it myself. The installation wasn't all that hard. I stretched ropes across the pool to hold the cover up while I got it laid out to mark the holes.
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    Apr 2013
    Central Massachusetts

    Re: Pool Safety Cover

    Good question. I was assuming it would be easy to install myself. Glad to hear you've done just that John.
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    Noblesville, IN

    Re: Pool Safety Cover

    I agree, very manageable DIY project. I bought mine at the local PS. I had someone from the company come out and measure because I knew that would be the hardest part. I installed it over a concrete deck with a hammer drill in a couple hours. The hardest part was adjusting the straps to the right length after it was installed....not difficult, just time consuming.
    I like the idea of rope under the cover for installation. I didn't do it so some of my straps aren't perfectly perpendicular to the cover. No one else notices but me.
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