Mesh In-Ground Cover Installation Guide

Mesh In-Ground Cover Installation Guide

Read the following information and instructions before attempting installation.

Measure your pool and the cover. Divide the difference between the cover and the pool length in half and mark the deck on the ends of the pool from the pool’s edge. Two marks at each end will be required.

If the pool cover is 20’ long and the pool is 18’ long, the difference of 2’ becomes 1’ at each end.

Snap your chalk line at each end of the pool. Make sure the chalk line extends at least 30” past the pool sides.

Perform steps 1 and 2 using the widths of the cover and the pool.

If the pool cover is 22’ 2” wide and the pool is 20’ wide, snap the chalk line half of the 2’ 2” difference of 13“ from the sides of the pool.

Find the corner where the two chalk lines cross. At this crossing point, measure 16” towards the end of both lines and mark these positions. Do this at every corner.

Drill holes in the deck at the 8 locations marked in step 4. IMPORTANT: The depth of each hole should be 1 5/8” so the brass anchors can not be set too deep into the deck. The best way to measure the depth is to measure 1 5/8” up the side of the drill bit (do not include the portion that tapers to a point) and wrapping tape around the bit so 1 5/8” portion is below the tape. When drilling, stop when the lower edge of the tape gets to the deck. Check all holes to ensure the depth is correct, or the anchors will stick out above the deck.

The brass screws should be fully turned down into the anchors; insert one anchor into each hole. Place a wooden block on top of the anchor, then tap the top of the block with your hammer until the top of the anchor is flat with the deck.

Twist the screws out until the head is about 3/8” above the surface of the deck.

The springs and the strap buckles are not attached to the cover. Rub strips are attached to the underside of the cover where the straps would otherwise make contact with the deck and coping. The buckles are to be used with the edges pointing downward. Starting from beneath the buckle, feed the strap up through the first slot, and down through the center slot. Now feed the strap through the squared end of a spring, then up through the center slot and down through the third slot. Repeat until all springs and buckles are attached.

The pool cover is now positioned on the pool by hooking the two straps at each corner to the corresponding anchors installed in Step 6. The serrated tool is used to tension the springs over the brass screws by inserting the tool through the round end of a spring, placing the tab over the end of the screw and pulling the tool to just beyond the vertical position. This compresses the spring and guides it over the top of the screw with little effort. Turning the tool until the tab faces the pool will allow removal of the tool without disturbing the spring.

Adjust the straps until the edge of the pool cover are aligned with the chalked lines placed earlier and the springs are compressed about 50%.

Snap new chalk lines 16” from the outer edge of the pool cover.

The ends should be at anchors already in place

Extend the straps at the end of the pool and determine where these would cross the new chalk lines. Mark these locations, drill and insert anchors, screws, and hook springs over screws, adjusting as needed to keep the pool cover within the chalk lines placed earlier.

Repeat step 12 along the sides. Adjust the straps so that the shorter ones are not pulling the longer ones off the line.

For Rectangle Pools with Center End Step Section

  • If the step section is offset from a corner, complete the installation of the pool cover identical to the steps above. (Steps 1-13)
  • The step section, which is a flap attached to the main body of the cover, can be fastened down by placing your 4 plugs for the 2 corners similar to that of installing the main cover.

Pool Cover Removal

  1. With the serrated tool held vertically, place it over the top of the brass insert screw ensuring that the protruding tab at the end of the tool is on the side of the screw nearest the pool.
  2. Turn the tool 180 degrees, or a half turn, keeping the tab on the tool between the spring and the screw.
  3. Leaning the top of the tool toward the pool will disengage the spring and it will slide the tool up a small distance. Proceed around the pool until one end of each strap is disconnected. The opposite end of each strap can now be removed by hand.
  4. Remove the cover, clean, dry, and pack away. Store where not exposed to the sun and in a location where not accessible to rodents.
  5. Use an Allen Key to turn brass screws down into the anchors.

To prevent dust, dirt, etc. from damaging the plug threads, it is advisable to coat the screw with a household lubricant

Other Considerations

  • Installation by pool professionals is recommended.
  • Installation is not recommended on loose stone, interlocking brick, paving stone, or lawns unless concrete footings of at least 4” in diameter and 3’ deep are located so that every anchor can be positioned in the center of such columns.
  • Concrete decks should be at least 4” thick.
  • Pool water level should not be allowed to fall more than 18” below the deck.
  • To maintain a taut fit, straps may require periodic adjustment.
  • It is recommended that the deck and coping areas around the pool that are under the cover be padded with foam, carpet remnants, or a similar material to avoid damage to the cover from chafing. Such damage is not covered under the warranty.
  • WARNING: The pool cover is one of the most secure fitting covers for swimming pools. However, EXTREME CAUTION must be taken when around the pool, even when the pool cover is installed. DO NOT walk on or allow walking on the cover. When walking on the deck around the pool, extra precautions should be taken to avoid tripping on straps, or loosening straps by stepping on them.
  • While the risk of a person or a pet drowning is reduced when a pool cover is properly installed, it is not intended to replace careful supervision being exercised within the pool area and we therefore cannot accept responsibility for the occurrence of any accident or injury.


Pool Cover
  1. While the cover is still on the pool just prior to removal, hose the cover thoroughly to remove damaging materials:
  2. Dried debris such as leaves, twigs, bird droppings, etc.
  3. Staining from nearby vegetation, animals, etc.
  4. Pool water containing chemicals that in time could weaken the tread and/or material
  5. Leave cover to air dry.
  6. When removing the cover, avoid dragging the cover onto the pool water. If this cannot be avoided, hose cover down again, and let air dry.
  7. Fold the cover neatly and tight while attempting to reduce the number of spring assemblies being folded into the cover. For the springs that cannot be avoided within the cover, make sure they are hanging flat and completely in the plastic sleeves.
  8. Roll the cover tightly again, attempting to keep as many spring assemblies outside the cover as possible.
  9. Place the cover in the storage bag. If using another item to hold the cover, such as a large plastic bag or container, make sure it is porous to allow any water within the shield to drain.
  10. Once in the storage bag, place the cover in a dry, indoor area. Do not leave outside.
Brass Plugs
  1. While the cover is installed (during the winter months), debris will build up around the spring and plug area. Once the cover is removed, the area MUST be cleaned by either sweeping or a shop vac.
  2. The screw should be removed from the plug insert. Both should be cleaned by washing under pressure with a garden hose.
  3. A lubricant should be lightly applied to the screw portion of the assembly, and then screwed back into the plug.
  4. The screw should be level or slightly lower than the top of the plug. Do not force the screw to its tightest position.
  5. During the time when the pool is open, sweep the plug area on a periodic basis.

When the pool cover is installed, periodically test the tension of the straps. Adjust if necessary.