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    Pool cover, which side is up!?

    This is a really stupid question I am sure.

    I dragged my cover over my pool to put it in place and can not figure which way is up? Does it matter? I notice one side has a tag in its corner, I put that facing down, but then noticed several tags in some of the seams. There is also lettering (brand) around the edge only on one side. First time closing, almost done thanks to everyone's help, but stuck on the last step... lol.

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    Re: Pool cover, which side is up!?

    You could actually flip it every year if one side gets more discolored due to sun exposure. Unless I'm mistaken, it shouldn't matter at all which way unless your anchoring mechanism depends on one direction or another.
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    Re: Pool cover, which side is up!?

    If it is a standard winter cover then usually it is a two tone design. The top side is either green, blue or tan and the underside is black. The bottom of the cover that touches the pool water should be the black side.

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    Re: Pool cover, which side is up!?

    Its green on both sides, should I go with the lighter of the two, maybe one is a bit faded from the sun. I will take a closer look at it when I get home. What happens if its upside down?
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    Re: Pool cover, which side is up!?

    Is it a safety cover or a standard type cover?
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    Re: Pool cover, which side is up!?

    Quote Originally Posted by JVTrain View Post
    Is it a safety cover or a standard type cover?
    Its on now, I just went with the more faded side. And well, I don't know... lol

    Here is what it looks like...

    http://i.imgur.com/7eY07rA.jpg
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    Re: Pool cover, which side is up!?

    That's a safety cover. You should be able to tell from the way the springs are which way is up. The spring at the end that attaches to the brass fitting is bent so that the tip lays flat, if on wrong there will be very little spring to grab the brass fitting.

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    Re: Pool cover, which side is up!?

    That's a safety cover. Generally you can tell which way it goes by the orientation of the strap buckles. Buckles "up" is the normal way, like you have it. If you had them down it would be harder to adjust strap tension if you needed to but would work just fine that way too.

    Do you have the cover installation/removal tool? AKA the long pipe with handle that you can use to hook the springs onto the anchors with? If you're cover is tight like it should be (springs at about half tension) they can be hard to put on. If you don't have the tool, a bike seat is a great substitute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJJCbul3UqU
    That's how I got mine on this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooladdict View Post
    That's a safety cover.
    Quote Originally Posted by JVTrain View Post
    That's a safety cover.
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