Homemade pool covers

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Homemade pool covers
Pool covers are a necessity for maintaining a clean environment. (Swimming pool and pool house image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

A pool is a fun commodity for any homeowner. However, an uncovered pool can allow animals, dirt and leaves to enter the water. This can be quite a nuisance, which is why covering the pool is extremely important for general maintenance. With the help of a friend, you can create a dependable, lightweight and easy-to-move pool cover using schedule 40 PVC pipe and a tarp.

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Things you need

  • Eye protection
  • Gloves
  • Respirator
  • Knee pads
  • Measuring tape
  • Schedule 40 PVC pipe, 1 inch thick, 10-foot sections
  • PVC cutter
  • PVC tees, 1 inch
  • PVC couplings, 1 inch
  • PVC elbows, 1 inch
  • Glue/primer compound
  • Tarp
  • Waterproof string
  • Stones

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  1. 1

    Put on gloves, eye protection, a respirator and knee pads.

  2. 2

    Measure the length and width of your pool with a measuring tape. Add an extra 6 inches to the length and width so you can secure the pool cover by placing stones on the ground around the perimeter. If your pool measures 12 by 20 feet, for example, your final measurements will be 12 feet 6 inches by 20 feet 6 inches.

  3. 3

    Lay PVC pipes along the length of the swimming pool. You'll need two sections of PVC pipe that measure the pool's length. The PVC pipe is 10 feet long, so you may need to cut the pipe to size with PVC cutters.

  4. 4

    Dry fit the PVC pieces together to form two sections of piping by applying glue/primer compound to each end and joining the pieces with a PVC tee.

  5. 5

    Lay the PVC pipes out along the width of the swimming pool. Again, you may need to cut the pipe to size with PVC cutters. Create one width section for every set of PVC tees along the pipe sections cut to length as well as one PVC width section for each end.

  6. 6

    Dry fit the PVC pieces together to form all the width sections of piping, using couplings at each joint.

  7. 7

    Dry fit a PVC elbow to each end of the two length sections.

  8. 8

    Glue/prime both ends of each width section and insert them into the tees along the width, and two elbow joints at each end. This will create a box layout for your pool cover.

  9. 9

    Lay a tarp over the PVC box you've created. Wrap a waterproof string around the PVC pipe and the tarp at each grommet location, attaching the tarp to the piping.

  10. 10

    Lay the cover over the pool with the help of a friend and place stones around the perimeter of the pool cover.

Tips and warnings

  • Pool covers are not protective covers for children.

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