Intro: Home Made Spa Cover Lift
After a nice long soak, who wants to lift a heavy spa cover. Not Me!
This Instructable will show how I overcame this problem. With a few tools and less than 20.00$
Step 1: Materials List / Tools Needed
Here's what I used to complete the project.
1. Two 10' long pieces of 3/4" EMT conduit
2. One 10' long piece of 1" EMT conduit
3. Three 1" two hole conduit straps
4. Six #10 X 1" pan head sheet metal screws
5. 20 #10 X 3/4" Tek screws
1. 3/4" Conduit bender
4. Drill motor
Step 2: Getting Started
The first step is to layout and mark the two pieces of 3/4" conduit. Lay both pieces of 3/4" conduit on the seam of the cover, and center from side to side. Measure and mark both pieces at the edge.
Step 3: Making the Bends
Using the marks made earlier, place the conduit bender as shown in the photo and bend one side to 90 deg. Next place the bender on the other end and make sure it's parallel to the first bend and bend to 90 deg. Now you will have a "U" shape with short legs and a long middle. Do the same with the second piece of 3/4" conduit you marked in the last step.
I wish I had the time and energy to explain how to use the bender in greater detail. If I'm not clear GOOGLE " Using A Conduit Bender". You will have more information then you will ever need
Step 4: Attaching the Lower Piece / Laying the Top Piece
Now we'll attach one of the pieces we just bent to the base of the spa using three 2 hole conduit straps. You will notice they are loose fitting on the conduit. If you were to use 3/4" straps they would be too tight and not let the conduit rotate freely. I had to notch the skirt on my spa to get the straps on the base. It is 2X4 material and I wanted the extra screws in something thicker than the 5/8" siding.
Getting the second piece into position is a little more complicated. Remember in step 2 we had to lay the conduit centered on the seam. We have to do it again but now the piece is bent...
Step 5: Cutting the Uprights
Now we need to get the upper and lower pieces of conduit working as one. I used the 1" conduit as a sleeve to join the upper and lower halves. Just angle the two pieces of bent conduit toward each other and measure the longest length you can fit before the bends. Cut both uprights (sleeves) from the 1" conduit. I could fit a 40" piece, your measurements will differ.
Remember always measure twice and cut once.
Step 6: Attaching the Upper and Lower Halfs
I centered the sleeve so I had equal spacing above and below. I drove 4 Tek screws in each joint to secure the three pieces as one. After you get one side joined and half of the second side done, use your level to level the top piece before securing the last joint.
Step 7: Installing Restriant System
This step will keep the cover from falling over. I used a piece of nylon webbing off a travel bag I no longer have. I attached it to the conduit with two Tek screws, I then moved the conduit just past vertical and attached the other end to the rim of the spa with two more Tek screws.
I also sealed the top joints with stainless steel tape to keep water out.
Step 8: Using Your New Lift
Using the lift is very simple(and easy on the back)
1. Lay the conduit down on the seam.
2. Fold cover over conduit
3. Lift conduit and cover out of the way
This will leave your cover suspended next to the spa. The cover will stick up above the rim some though. Think about your views( or blocking your neighbors views ) when installing this lift.
Step 9: All Done / Be Safe
This is the final and most important step. CLOSE AND LOCK THE LID!!!
Twenty two years ago working as a firefighter I pulled a five year old child from under a spa cover at a model home. Sadly he drowned and could not be revived.