Automatic Pool Cover - planning for future

SwimIn2012April 1, 2012

I would like to install an automatic pool cover within 2 years of building a new in ground pool. (not in budget now). I was wondering if there is anything that should be done when the pool is built that will make this easier/less expensive in the future. Where does the track go when it is hidden? Is it under the coping, but next to the bond beam? I imagine if they come in two years later to install it, they will have to remove all the coping? Thank you for any advice.

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It's a dumb idea. If you want the track hidden, it goes under the coping which cantilevers more than standard over the pool edge. Need a box for the cover to retract into and the bond beam is 2" below the beam where the cover enters the box. Need a drain from the box as well as electric. This assumes if you want the track hidden, you also want the box hidden when the cover is retracted.
You need to build it now or resign yourself to having an above ground box and track. Good luck.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 8:36PM
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Bummer. Thanks for answering.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 9:34PM
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I'm looking into retrofitting a pool with a pool cover with built in under-coping track. We would have to remove the coping, then dig a little for the track, which they said won't require any additional cantilevered coping, plus we have to dig a 14" wide by about 18" deep (I think) trench for the motor. However I just met with the pool cover people today and still have to see what the contractors say about the cost of demolition, trenching, tile work, etc. to make this all work. If it's too expensive, the pool cover is going on top.

If you can find a pool cover contractor who is willing to put in the track now and the motor and pool cover later, that would be ideal. If it's not too late, that is.


    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 12:07AM
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