Is this cover tight enough?

2thdoc1

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Sep 14, 2020
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PB closed our new pool a couple weeks ago and I noticed today after some rain that the cover has a little sag to it. Does it need to be tightened a bit more? This is a brand new “micro mesh” cover and we are in southwest lower MI so we do get quite a bit of snow. Thanks!!E0CF488A-0537-48C8-8F3E-E1DC241A5513.jpeg
 

ajw22

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Sag is normal. That is what the springs are for. It will sag more once snow gets on it. Leave it alone and don't worry about the sag it.
 

JamesW

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Go around and check each spring.

If any are easily removed by hand, snug those up a little bit.
 

bmoreswim

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When dry it should be just a bit shy of flat. Your picture is of a wet cover which would start the sagging. Yours seems a touch loose.

My cover dry 7 years ago. I've probably a tightened up the straps a bit once or twice over the years. When snow covered, it goes to the water surface which is a max of 16" below the deck surface.

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And the first winter.

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pb4uswim

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Jul 23, 2020
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Your cover is too loose. First year for me and after the cover was installed, I think it stretched out a bit or loosened up. As JamesW said, I checked each spring and now it looks much better. Per my manufacture’s instructions, each spring is supposed to be engaged by 50%. I’m not sure I got that precise but I made sure each spring had some tension on it.
 

2thdoc1

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Sep 14, 2020
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Kalamazoo, MI
Thanks- plan to tighten things up a bit this weekend. Any order I need to go t o tighten? Start in the corners or center and work out?
 

pb4uswim

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Thanks- plan to tighten things up a bit this weekend. Any order I need to go t o tighten? Start in the corners or center and work out?
Not sure if there’s a right way to tighten, but I have a rectangle so I started on the short ends and then went to the middle and worked out on the long ends. My main goal was to make sure that there was balance. I didn‘t want a spring on one side being very tight and not have any tension on the spring on the opposing side of the same strap, if you know what I mean.
 
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