Installing a solar pool cover is a comparatively simple job. Take it easy, and cut it at least double – and if possible leave 2 to 3 weeks before your final trim. This enables the packing folds to change, and for the cover to settle. The cover will lose around 10% (approx) in length during the first couple of weeks – this is permissible for a new cover, so keep this in your mind, and do not trim too much, thinking that the cover is too big.
Take out the cover from the box, and place it next to the pool. Carefully unfold it, and spread it over the pool, bubble side down, smooth side up. There are two sides of the solar pool cover. One side is normal and the other side is bubbled. The bubbled side is placed on the water in a way that it faces the water itself. If you put the normal side of the cover facing the water, it will not work at all. So be careful about that. If possible, leave it in the sun for a couple of hours.
When it is ready, take the cover out, over the pool surface, and get rid of wrinkles and air pockets with the help of a pool broom. Once this is done, you can start trimming to the shape with the help of sharp scissors.
We advise fitting the blanket a little larger, so that it ‘turns up’ at the edges, creating a bowl effect within the pool, because of this the trash will stay on top of the cover rather than falling into the pool water. Leaves can then be blown into the skimmer box before taking the cover off. During this first trim Leave 10-15cm of extra material all the way around, cutting the blanket so that it sits just under the pool coping.
Ask someone to hold the cover still, at the opposite side of the pool to where you are working. While you are cutting, it is important to keep checking behind you and in front, to make sure the cover remains still.
Once you are done with the basic fitting stop cutting and give the cover time to ‘relax’ that will be around 2 to 3 weeks, after that you can come back and trim to the final fit.
The installation part is very simple as you may have understood. And once it is done, you will not have to worry about a single thing as it will take care of everything on its own. Needless to say that if you have a swimming pool, you must own its other necessary products and its blanket as well.
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