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How do I replace my bungee-style cover with a safety cover?

When a dealer replaces any existing safety cover, he wants to match as many anchors as possible. This will minimize the number of new holes he has to drill into the deck. Please check out our effortless anchor matching service at MatchMyAnchors.com.

It is, however, much more challenging to match your anchors when replacing a bungee-style cover. These non-safety covers were designed to drape down onto the pool’s water for support. For this reason, they are larger than a safety cover will be for the same pool.

 

Bungee-style cover

 

This means we cannot use the bungee cover as a template to make a replacement safety cover so your dealer is are going to have to measure anyway. The question is, how does he measure to hit as many anchors as possible? The answer is different for rectangle pools than it is for custom shape pools.

 

For Rectangles there are two possible solutions:

1- To match most of the existing anchors we can produce a custom cover on 4’ spacing. Your dealer just provides the pool size, the distance between the anchors and the distance from the pool to the anchor  line and we do the rest. The only negative is he has to measure the anchors and you will pay the price of a custom cover, which will cost you about 50% more than the same size stock cover.

2-  If you would like to save the  cost of a custom cover you can just order a stock cover and take your chances. The 8 corner straps are going to match anyway.  Your new stock cover only needs anchors every five feet or so and the existing bungee anchors are spaced every two feet anyway. This means you have lots of existing anchors to choose from.  We should be able to match at least half of the anchors on the remaining sides. Your dealer will have to drill new holes for new anchors in the remaining locations but you will enjoy a nice price savings.

 

For Custom Shapes the decision is a little easier:

The custom cover will cost the same whether we attempt to match the anchors or not so we might as well try. If A-B’s are being taken for the pool anyway, your dealer will A-B the anchor heads too and we will design the new safety cover to hit as many anchors as possible. We will not hit every anchor because the existing anchors were not designed on a grid where you have one anchor opposite every other anchor like you have on a safety cover. Instead, on the original bungee cover they just started at some point and sewed straps on every two feet around the perimeter. If there is an anchor in the deck opposite one on the other side, it’s just by chance, not by design. Drilling some new anchors will always be necessary.

 

McEwen Industries safety cover

McEwen Industries safety cover

 

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