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    Auto Pool Cover Installation

    I'm getting a pool cover made to replace my over the track cover. Does anyone have experience in replacing their cover?
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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Installation

    Welcome to TFP!!

    I've never had to replace one, but I've installed quite a few

    If you run into any questions, all you need do is ask us
    Luv& Luk
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    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Installation

    Hi waste,

    Would I need to take the tracks off to replace the cover?

    Also, I assume all new covers come with new rope?

    I've talked to pool guys who said it takes 3-4 hours, is it a hard process? I'm pretty mechanically inclined.
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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Installation

    You don't need to remove the tracks (just the ends so you can feed the new rope through)

    The covers come with new rope, it's integral to the cover.

    If you want to attack it yourself, I'd suggest taking pics of how the old cover is attached to the drum (location of the Tek screws and the pleats) and how the ropes are run and connected.

    Please remember that if you leave the ropes a little long, they can be shortened - however - a too short rope can't be lengthened . It usually takes a couple tension adjustments in the first couple of weeks the cover is in use (as the ropes stretch) to have it completely trouble free

    If it takes them 3-4 hours, they are charging by the hour and not a flat rate (or they take coffee breaks every 1/2 hour) It might take you and a partner that long to do it your first time.

    The cover manufacturer should have an installation guide or video available

    Let me know how you make out with this
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Installation

    I installed the new beige cover over the weekend with help from family. It was very easy, but very labor intensive. The pool company wanted $600+ to just install the cover, it took us 4 hours and never looked or worked better. Now I know the inter-workings of the system for future maintenance needs.

    Oh, you pretty much have to take off the railings because the rope will get stuck when pushing it 40' down a dirty rail.
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    Re: Auto Pool Cover Installation

    Sorry I forgot to tell you about using a guide string to help pull the new rope through

    Glad it's in and looking and working better than ever

    See what I told you about how long it would take the first time you did it? I'll bet, if you ever replace the cover again, you'll shave 1 - 1 1/2 hours off the install
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

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