The movie here just shows the cover in action.
Step 1: Architecture
1) The roller.
2) The holders or stands.
Normally, the stands will go at the far side (or "back") of the pool.
Step 2: Materials and Tools
(2) 10-foot drain pipes (approx $8 each)
(1) 8 foot 2x10 board (approx $10 each)
(2) 8 foot 4x4 fence posts (approx $10 each)
(1) 4 foot 2x4 board (approx $2 each)
(1) box o' 2.5 inch deck screws
(4) Long L or 90 degree shelf brackets
(1) Roll duct tape
(1) Roll tread tape
(1-4) Glasses Chardonnay (just checking if anyone is reading this)
(optional) 4-8 pieces of 12-16 inch rebar
1/8 inch drill bit
7/8 inch drill bit
Box cutter/sharp knife
Step 3: The Roller
Note that the pipes here have a built-in "coupler" that allows you to sort of put them together in series.
Step 4: The Roller: Couple Pipes (if Needed)
Attach the pipes so that the result will reach across the widest part of the pool. My pool is 16 foot so I cobbled up the two pipes which resulted in a total of 20 foot. I may cut it down to a shorter size, but for now I left it as a 20 footer.
As mentioned, the pipes I purchased had built-in couplers that allowed them to be connected easily (though not strongly).
If you had to couple multiple pipes to create one long one, wrap the joints where the pipes meet with duct tape.
Step 5: The Roller: Drill Holes on Both Ends of Pipes
After creating the hole, use a sharp knife or box cutter to create cuts round each of the holes.
The holes will eventually be used to hold a broom stick for leverage when rolling the roller, and these extra cuts will allow a standard 1 inch broom handle to slip in through the holes a little easier. (Or you could just drill the holes larger; I prefer a smaller hole and the cuts so that the stick doesn't slip.)
Step 6: The Roller: Put Cover on Pool
It's much easier to do this with the cover on. (That's why this is version 2.0)
Step 7: The Roller: Put the Pipe at the Front of the Pool
Step 8: The Roller: Tape Cover to Pipe
Hint: pre-cut a dozen or so 6 inch strips.
This cover is round, so I taped up about the first foot for about 5 feet
Step 9: The Roller: Tape Over Tread Tape With Duct Tape
Step 10: The Roller: Result So Far
Step 11: The Roller: Insert Broom Handle. . .
Step 12: The Roller: in Action . . .
Step 13: The Roller: the Gist
Step 14: The Stands: Cut Lumber
Step 15: The Stands: Attach Posts to the Feet
e-enforce the post to the footer by drilling from the bottom of the footer into the bottom of the post. Alternatively, you can toe- nail screws into the joint between the post and footer from the top of the footer.
Step 16: The Stands: Add Toe and Heel Reinforcement
You can also drill a few holes through the footer in the intent to add stability using rebar at a later stage.
Step 17: The Stands: Position at Rear of Pool, Fit for an Arm
Here, the arm is positioned a little above the pool edge and at an able of about 30 degrees.
When it's in a good position, permanently attach the arm using screws and remove the clamp.
Step 18: The Stands: the Gist
Here is one stand, with some paint slapped on and a solar LED lamp on the top.
For more de-uglification, you could round off the corners or even attach a few training wheels to the stand so that it could be rolled out of site.
Also, as mentioned earlier, at this point you could drill holes through the feet and pound some rebar through the holes into the ground to help its stability.
Step 19: Complete
As mentioned, not perfect, but it is easy.
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