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Building Specs

In today's modern age of swimming pool building, 90% of tracking on below deck automatic pool covers are now installed on the bond beam below the coping instead of secured to the underside of the cantilevered coping. This eliminates service calls due to loose pool cover tracks and allows for many more coping variations. Here are a few things to keep in mind when designing your swimming pool for use with an automatic swimming pool safety cover.
  • When securing pool cover track to the bottom of cantilevered coping there must be a min. of 2 1/2 inches of flat surface for the tracks to mount to. If a bullnosed coping is used it should be cantilevered about 3 inches. The end of the swimming pool opposite the recessed housing must have a minimum of 2 inches of overhang to allow for the pulley end of the track. For this application, the coping must be a minimum of 2 inches thick and level and smooth as possible on the underside. Download the "under building specs" for more details.
  • When securing pool cover track to the top of the bond beam before the coping is installed, the maximum amount of cantilevered coping is 2 inches. This application will add a minimum of 1 inch to the finished elevation of the pool to allow for the automatic pool cover track extrusion thickness. The thickness of the coping is no longer a factor. Download the "under building specs" for more details.
  • Swimming pool cover track that has been installed prior to swimming pool completion needs to be taped off to protect it from construction debris. Blue painters tape works the best. It should be applied the same day the decks, coping and/or plaster is being done and removed as soon as possible after completion. Plaster and/or mortar grit in the pool cover tracks is difficult to remove and will effect the life of the pool cover sliders and edges of the pool cover fabric traveling through the tracks. If the pool cover tracks cannot be sufficiently cleaned, new pool cover track will need to be installed at an additional cost to the swimming pool builder. 
  • Coping should be finished all the way to the front edge of the recessed housing for the automatic pool cover when aluminum or composite housing lids are being used. Do not overhang decking or coping material over the housing edge as this will interfere with the installation of the pool cover drive mechanism. There are instances where this may be acceptable so please Contact Us for design help. 
  • The bottom of the coping must be a minimum of 1 inch above any lowered spa walls, fan or finger jets, auto-fill lines, or any other possible obstruction. This 1 inch applies to finished dimensions.
  • It is preferable that all walls inside of the swimming pool above water line have bullnose edges and rounded corners. This eliminates any sharp corners the automatic pool cover fabric pulls across as well as being safer for swimmers.
  • The front and back edge of the lowered bond beam at the mechanism end of the swimming pool should be free of sharp edges.
  • Two feet of #8 copper bond (ground) wire needs to enter the recess housing at both ends to allow for proper bonding of the pool cover drive mechanism.
  • Electric Automatic Pool Cover Systems Only All electrics coming into the recess housing need to be placed at the end of the housing with a single junction box mounted no lower than 10" from the bottom and no higher than 3" from the top. Try not to loop power to the control switch at this junction box as this will allow for constant, although GFCI protected power near the swimming pool.
  • Hydraulic Automatic Pool Cover Systems Only All hose chases coming into the recessed housing should be 2" in diameter and enter at the end of the housing. There should be no 90 or 45 degree bends. Use street sweeps only.
  • All recessed housings must have a means of removing standing water which enters the housing from rain, swimming an/or operation of the swimming pool cover. This is generally provided by installing a simple gravity drain pipe into the housing bottom and then running it to daylight. Do not use "pop-up" drain covers, there is generally not enough head pressure for these to operate properly. If a drain to daylight will not work, a "french drain" styled drain may be adequate or a sump pump may need to be used. 
  • There can be no radius corners above the water line.

Please Contact Us for spec sheets or use the downloads below.