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Above-Ground Pool Cover Installation

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

- Follow the pool manufacturer/builder 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 pool cover is made of tough material, it is required that you pad sharp corners, abrasive decking, protrusions, rough edges of the coping, etc. with old towels, foam remnants, corrugated cardboard, etc. Also, place padding underneath the winch (non-deck 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.

- Weave cable through grommets all the way around the pool cover. Insert one end of the cable through the hole at the end of the winch and into 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 of the cable through as far as possible. Start turning winch to tighten the cover. If material bunches or gathers, simply walk around the pool and position neatly.

- When the pool 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 pool cover over the pool with the black side down. Either weave the cable through the grommet and between the pool deck stanchions (posts) or run short pieces of cable from the grommet to the individual stanchions.

- It is important to tie down the pool cover properly to assure that the cover is not subjected to wind damage.