Sun2Solar cover reel assembly questions

tikoh

Bronze Supporter
May 2, 2018
15
Fayetteville, NY
Good morning and happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

After seeing quite a few recommendations for solarcovers.com pool cover reels I purchased the Sun2Solar Easy Gear Stainless Steel Cover Reel. It seems sturdy enough and even though the instructions were poor, assembly went well until the very end...
When assembling the actual body of the reel, there are 5 sections that slide together. The instructions show three screws holding each joint together. My reel only has one hole per joint. Even if there were three holes, do you drill into the inner tube for the screw to pass through? These aren’t self tapping screws. Photos attached.

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Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
3,829
NY
I can’t remember if I didn’t have the inside holes, or they didn’t line up right, but I one hundred percent had to drill the inside holes in my reel which was similar construction. The holes became long skinny ovals with use, making the whole thing sag and after 2 years I drilled new holes and upgraded to 1/2 bolts. They ripped the steel in the same fashion but it did get me 2 more years.

****edit. Mine were through bolts. Not like yours.
 
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blazer58

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May 29, 2018
223
Chicago, IL
I used self tappers on mine.
I also have a 20 foot wide cover, and the real is stretched to its max length.
It started sagging after the first year, so I ducked taped all the joints, and that helped alot with the sagging
 
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tikoh

Bronze Supporter
May 2, 2018
15
Fayetteville, NY
I can’t remember if I didn’t have the inside holes, or they didn’t line up right, but I one hundred percent had to drill the inside holes in my reel which was similar construction. The holes became long skinny ovals with use, making the whole thing sag and after 2 years I drilled new holes and upgraded to 1/2 bolts. They ripped the steel in the same fashion but it did get me 2 more years.

****edit. Mine were through bolts. Not like yours.
Thank you
 
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