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When it comes to the smooth functioning and safety of your pool cover, it's important that your cover is installed correctly. At Sydney City Pool Covers, we will be happy to help you with all your installation needs at competitive prices, along with our expert services. However, if you wish to install this on your own, we have provided the manufacturer's' installation guidelines for the 5 star roller and cover.

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  • Step 01

    Lay the cover with the bubble side facing down on the water & smooth out its surface with a pool broom

  • Step 02

    Cut the cover in the pool's outline using a pair of sharp scissors. Cut it a little bigger than the original size so that cover sits up on the side of the pool by about 7- 10 cm.

  • Step 03

    With the broom, smoothen and push the cover up against the edge of the pool. If necessary, trim a little more of the cover so the cuts are straight and even

  • Step 04

    Make 2 vertical slits in the cover upturn. On either side of your skimmer box, fold the flap you have made into the skimmer box. This will allow you to hose debris off the top of the cover into the skimmer box.

  • Step 05

    Straps: Attach the Cover to the Roller. The roller should be linked with the straps provided, and the cover should be attached with the clip.

  • Step 06

    Cord: Install the eyelets - about 100 mm x 100mm in from the end cut of the pool cover and punch a hole with a wad punch. Place the male half under the cover and the female on top of the cover and tap gently to fix them together.

  • Step 07

    Attach the cords to cover and roller by tying a loop at one end and attach to the Feather Plug on the Roller Thread and tie the other end through the cover eyelet.

  • Step 08

    Adjust the cords - start from the centre and work out to the ends on both sides aiming to set the cords to wind up onto the roller evenly.

You will need the following:

  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • 12 – 20mm Chisel
  • Safety glasses
  • 10mm drill bit/s – more than one may be required depending on the material/s you’ll be attaching the pool cover fittings to, eg. masonry and timber
  • 4 x heavyweights (house bricks, buckets filled with water or similar)
  • Step 01

    Unfold your Debris Leaf Cover and lay it carefully over the pool

    • Position the cover so it is central and best matches the shape of your pool for even coverage
    • Use your 4 weights to hold the cover in position
    • If your pool has a raised coping or surround and you have ordered your Debris Leaf Cover to the correct size for this, you can position the tie-down fittings over the outside edge of the coping to fix your pool cover. (See Diagram B Alternative Fixing below) In the attachment
  • Step 02

    You now need to decide where you will drill the holes for the fixing pins.For fixing the tie-downs as per the standard method (Diagram A) or the alternative method, the next step is similar.

    • Position the tie-down fittings around the pool cover. These should be spread evenly around the pool cover approximately every 900mm -1000mm on the straight edges. Along the curves and at corners you will need more tie-downs and they may need to be closer together than this
    • Mark roughly where you will drill the fixing holes
    • It is important that you take into consideration any existing fittings or landscaping
    • Your Debris Cover tie-down fittings are easily adjustable, so any obstacles can usually be accommodated simply by adjusting the tie-down length, also consider the surface/s you’ll have to drill into
    • Grouting – be sure it is firm and sound. Grouting can shatter and become dislodged if it is ‘hammer’ drilled Solid sandstone, brick paving or pebble-coated pool surrounds – check for cracks or possible hollow areas. These surfaces can lift up from the base they are laid on over time and may shatter or crack when ‘hammer’ drilled Terracotta or ceramic pool surrounds – take care to avoid cracking, flaking or shattering. Avoid using a ‘hammer’ drill for these materials as it can cause cracking. Drill carefully, and it is wise to drill a smaller ‘pilot’ hole before enlarging it with the final bit. Timber decking – this is relatively easy to drill, but be careful to avoid cracking. Also ensure timber is deep enough to accommodate the fitting.
  • Step 03

    Once you have adjusted your tie-down fittings as necessary, mark the final drilling points for the fixing pins.

    • To ensure your Debris Cover will be positioned centrally over the pool, begin by drilling the holes for several of the tie-downs at either end of the pool.
    • If your pool is rectangular, start at the four corners.
    • For a good fit, drill holes should be at least 25 centimetres from the pool waterline.
    • Drill each 10mm hole to a depth of 40mm.
    • It is best not to drill vertically, but angle the hole slightly away from the pool (see Diagram A).
    • An angle of 10 to 20 degrees from vertical will create some tension and avoid any chance of the fitting pin being pulled out of a vertical hole.
  • Step 04
    • Once you’ve drilled the hole 40mm deep and on the correct angle, blow out any debris from the hole
    • Gently tap the PVC insert into the hole until it is flush with the surface of the pool surround
    • NOTE: Sometimes, the insert may grip in the hole before it is all the way in and not move further. As long as it is at least halfway in, simply trim off the excess plug flush with the pool surround surface with a hammer and chisel. You may then need to clean the center hole up with a 6 to 6.5mm drill.
  • Step 05
    • Drill holes and attach the first few tie-down fittings – at either end or all four corners
    • It is important to secure these first few fittings and recheck that the Debris Cover is central on the pool before fitting more fixings
    • If the cover is not central, now is the time to adjust the tie-downs before moving on to drill and attach more fittings
  • Step 06
    • Once you are satisfied with the pool cover position, work your way around the rest of the pool, drilling the holes and attaching tie-downs
    • It is best to work in small sections. Checking and adjusting tie-down tension as you go enables you to make sure the cover remains central and the tension is even all around the pool
  • Step 07
    • Once all holes are drilled and tie-downs attached, go round the pool and check and adjust for even tension and perfect pool cover position
  • Step 08
    • Once you’re happy, tie off the loose ends of the tie-down cords with a simple slip-knot or similar in front of the adjustable cord-lock. This will ensure stay correctly adjusted and your Debris Cover is neat and tightly fitted
    • To remove your Debris Cover, simply release the cord-locks on the fittings on one side of the pool only. This releases the tension, so the rest of the fittings can be simply pulled out without releasing the cords
    • To refit your cover, simply follow the above removal process in reverse

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