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Installing an Above Ground Winter Cover


  • The cover rests upon and is supported by pool water. Therefore, prior to cover installation, it is important to make sure the pool is not leaking.

  • Follow the manufacturers/builders winterizing instructions for your pool and accessories.

  • Consult with your pool dealer on the appropriate winterizing chemicals to be used. The pool must be chlorinated until freeze-up to prevent algae growth.

  • Although your Winter Cover is made of a tough material, it required that you pad sharp corners, abrasive decking, protrusions, rough edges at the coping, etc. with old towels, foam remnants or corrugated cardboard, etc. also, place padding underneath the winch (nondeck pools only).

  • Lower the water level in your pool below the skimmer and return lines (approximately 18 inches down from the coping) to prevent freezing.

  • Insert one end of the cable through the hole of the end of the winch and spindle. Insert the other end of the cable through the hole on the opposite side of the winch and into the same spindle. Pull both ends at the cable through as far as possible. Start turning winch to lighten the cover. If material bunches or gathers, simply walk around the pool and position it neatly.

  • When the cover is installed on the pool it is normal for a small amount of water to seep onto the surface of the cover.

  • For deck pools, place the cover over the pool with the black side down. Either weave the cable through the grommets and between the pool deck stanchions (posts) or run short pieces or cable from the grommets to the individual stanchions.

  • It is important to tie down the cover properly to assure that the cover is not subjected to wind damage

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