Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Katchakid net Review

  1. Back To Top    #1
    Vegas Kid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Cypress TX
    Posts
    187

    Katchakid net Review

    With 5 kids in the family there was no question that we needed some sort of safety device to prevent drownings. The 2 most obvious choices were the safety fence and the safety net. Our thinking process...

    Fence:
    Pros: Easy access to pool. Always "on" providing a barrier. Can be taken down in the future. Self closing gates.

    Cons: Pricey, not the most aesthetically pleasing, deck space. At first we thought about the fence but had some reservations about drilling into our travertine. Alternatively, we could have small foundations poured in the yard for the poles but that was going to be expensive. Another concern was the possibility of a younger child sneaking behind the older one while they go through the gate. Others mention kids crawling on top of furniture to get over the fence but that's just plain nonsense. Another issue was having the fence routed through our outdoor liiving area. Easiest plan would've been to run a straight fence down the middle of the yard, but then we'd have concerns with pool access when we would be in the fireplace/tv area during the winter.

    Net:
    Pros: Barrier between pool and child. Low profile, looks good. Small holes in deck. Cheaper. Access to all of backyard except the water itself.

    Cons: Installation and removal each time you want to use the pool.

    So we called the local Katchakid rep who was very courteous and professional. She sat down with us and explained all the different options with both the fence and net.We decided to with the NET and boy was that a great decision. They came out on Friday, installation took about 6 hours. Showed me how to use it, let me put it on and off by myself and that was about it.

    Turn key cost was just at $2k, for a 26x35' cover.

    First the thing looks pretty cool. Second, the installation and removal of the new is much easier than I could have thought. They said 15 to 20 minutes but that's very conservative.

    Whole system is based on tension. Essentially the net is anchored around the pool via small fittings inside of brass inserts in the deck. There is a pulley system in the center of the pool. The ratchet tool allows you to increase the tension on the net and lock it in place.

    For removal, you release the tension, unhook the fittings, and roll it up on the PVC roller they give you. Crazy thing is that it does not tangle (another concern).
    --Takes less than 5 minutes to remove the net and roll it up. With my kids helping we've done it in 4 minutes.

    Installation is a bit more difficult. You have to pull the net across the pool and then hook the net all around the perimiter. The net isn't heavy, but some of the hooks to require a bit of muscle to put them into the grooves. Once you hook everything in you have to make another walk around the pool to make sure no hooks came out (always 3-5). Then you hook up the ratchet and draw the net tight. Ratchet gets stored separately and you're good to go.
    How long does it take? 7min 14 seconds last night to do it by myself, from start to finish.

    I figure by the time my kids put on their trunks and sunscreen, there's plenty of time to get the pool ready!

    Feel free to ask any questions that you may have.



    small holes


    attaches to coping


    pulley system in center of net


    Ratchet tool


  2. Back To Top    #2

    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    North Texas
    Posts
    90

    Re: Katchakid net Review

    Great review. Thanks for the information. We may look into this for our pool.

    Build is Done!: 18'x40' diving pool, depth 3'6" x 9', 104' perimeter, ~24k gallons, spa (6 jets), raised wall (3 scuppers), tanning ledge, Pentair IntelliFlo 3050 VS+SVRS, Pentair Clean & Clear 520 cartridge filter, Pentair MasterTemp 400 BTU heater, Polaris QT 1.5 HP blower, Pentair Intellichlor IC60 SWG, IntelliBrite 5G lights, Pentair EasyTouch 8 with Screenlogic2, 504 sq ft Roman Slate textured deck, Aqua Blue StoneScapes finish

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Casey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SW PA
    Posts
    10,157

    Re: Katchakid net Review

    Lets say a child falls in the pool. Will they get wet with this safety net in place? It seems like once a kid goes in, the weight of the child will make the net go into the water.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

  4. Back To Top    #4
    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    37,389

    Re: Katchakid net Review

    That is what I wonder too. If a kid falls face first and puts their hands out in front and through the net, would their face be in the water and not have the ability to use their arms to lift it up?
    Jason, TFP Moderator
    18k IG pebblesheen pool, Hayward ProLogic P4 w/ T-15 SWG, Pentair 1HP 2-speed Superflo, Hayward 6020 DE filter
    500 sqft Heliocol solar panels, ThePoolCleaner, TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Pool School + Test Kit + PoolMath = A TROUBLE FREE POOL
    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

  5. Back To Top    #5
    Vegas Kid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Cypress TX
    Posts
    187

    Re: Katchakid net Review

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    That is what I wonder too. If a kid falls face first and puts their hands out in front and through the net, would their face be in the water and not have the ability to use their arms to lift it up?
    the net is quite taught...you won't get your face wet.

  6. Back To Top    #6
    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    Posts
    37,389

    Re: Katchakid net Review

    Care to lay down on the middle of the net with your hands behind your back like you are incapacitated and post a picture?
    Jason, TFP Moderator
    18k IG pebblesheen pool, Hayward ProLogic P4 w/ T-15 SWG, Pentair 1HP 2-speed Superflo, Hayward 6020 DE filter
    500 sqft Heliocol solar panels, ThePoolCleaner, TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Pool School + Test Kit + PoolMath = A TROUBLE FREE POOL
    If you found TFP helpful and we saved you money ... Become a TFP Supporter!

  7. Back To Top    #7

    Join Date
    Jan 2015
    Location
    Anthem, AZ
    Posts
    178

    Re: Katchakid net Review

    i purchased one of these and love it. For the ultimate protection get one + a fence, but I actually trust this more than a fence.

    I had a friend that lost his 2 yr old daughter to a pool at a bbq. Someone propped the gate open for the older kids and she passed away 2 summers ago. Sad story and I'll always always have multiple protection methods on my pool.
    19K IG Pebbletec with attached spa. 60sqft Cartridge filter, Intelliflow VS, 399k BTU Gas Heater, Pentair IC40. Phoenix, AZ, full sun.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •