Friday, April 11, 2014

When To Order a Replacement Cover

Your Coverstar automatic safety cover saves you money from chemical loss, heat loss and water evaporation.  In addition, it offers peace of mind as it provides another layer of protection between your pool and your loved ones. 

But, like anything that is exposed to harsh chemicals and wide variations of environmental conditions, a pool cover needs regular maintenance and periodically, may need to be replaced. 

We are often asked what to look for in a pool cover to know if it is time to have it replaced.  When inspecting your cover, it is important to look for the following:



Look for wear and tear. 
Pool chemicals, temperature variations and ultra violet light can break down the pool cover fabric over time.  Look for cracks, peeling and week spots on the cover where water may be seeping through the surface. 








Feel the cover fabric.
 Pool cover fabric should be pliable and supple.  When a cover becomes too stiff and brittle, there's a good chance the fabric may need to be repaired or replaced. 








Inspect sewn webbing stitching. 
Traditional sewn webbing is a likely source of cover problems.  On standard pool covers, sewn threads can become frayed, cut or disintegrate over time, leading to cover failure.  A cover with sewn webbing is only as safe as the stitching that holds it together.  Coverstar is the only automatic cover manufacturer that produces covers with Heat Sealed Webbing, thus eliminating the stitching. 






Watch for sewn webbing bunching. 
Covers with sewn webbing can bunch up around the rope, which may cause the fabric to catch and tear as it passes through the cover guide feeds. 



For more information on Coverstar Automatic Safety Covers, go to
www.coverstar.com.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Slack in Automatic Safety Covers

From time to time the question arises about the need for slack in automatic pool covers and how much is enough.  Regardless of manufacturer, all automatic pool cover fabrics are made wider than the width of the track.  There are several reasons for this:
 
1.  A cover that is too tight will pull against the tracks and will not operate properly.  A cover that is made too small reduces the life of the cover and mechanism, causing premature failure of both the fabric and the mechanism due to the added stress.

2.  All fabric shrinks over a period of time.  The amount of the shrinkage varies widely according to the weather conditions, particularly the amount of time the cover is exposed to the sun.  Slack is always added to the fabric to compensate for potential fabric shrinkage.
 
3.  In order to meet the ASTM safety standards, the cover must lie on the water, most of the supporting strength of the cover comes from the support of the water directly under it.

 Each cover we manufacture is made with the slack calculated on the basis of the type of fabric, application, and unit.  Any other variables that may be brought to our attention are also included.  Initially, a properly sized cover will drop almost directly down from the track or deck to the water, with some folds & wrinkles as it crosses the pool.  Because each cover is subject to many variables, it is impossible to calculate the exact amount of shrinkage each individual cover will have, so an approximation is made based on our past experience.  Our slack formula is designed to give the cover and mechanism maximum life, as well as making the cover look as attractive as possible. 
 
Before an order for any cover which has less than the factory specified slack is processed, we must receive a signed statement from the customer which releases Coverstar from any warranty or safety liability issues which may arise because of premature failure of the fabric or system due to fabric shrinkage.
 
In some cases, a portion of the slack may be taken up by lowering the water level.  However, you should consult with your pool builder or service man before doing so.  They can advise you exactly where the water level should be to keep the pool equipment operating properly.
 
 

 
 

 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Creating a Custom Photo Gallery in the Coverstar Ipad App

In the spring of 2012, Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products, introduced their new Ipad App. This app was designed to provide clear, concise and compelling presentations on how Coverstar cover systems enhance the safety, savings and convenience of the swimming pool.   The app is easy to navigate and provides helpful information for Automatic or Solid & Mesh Safety Covers.

One popular feature of the app continues to be the photo gallery.   Coverstar has provided a number of pictures to show automatic or solid & mesh safety covers installed on a variety of different types of pools, and in a number of different applications. After the app was released, several pool builders asked about the possibility of the app being updated to allow them to be able to create their own photo gallery. Based on this suggestion, the app has been updated so custom photo gallery’s can be created.


Follow these steps to create your own custom photo gallery in for either automatic or solid & mesh safety covers:
  1. With the photo gallery page open, press the "Manage Images" button on the screen.


2. Two new buttons will be displayed. Press the "Create New Gallery" Button.

3. Enter the name for the new photo gallery.   In our example below, we have entered "Latham Pool Products" as our new gallery.   
4. Press the "Create new Logo" button. Press the "Add logo" button. Thumbnails of different pictures in the camera roll on the ipad can be viewed. 


5. Select the desired Logo.
6. Select the name of the newly created gallery from the images drop down menu.
7. Click on the Add Image button. Select the desired picture(s) from the camera roll on the Ipad.

8. After the images have been added to the gallery, when one of images in the gallery has been selected, the page will display the company logo and thumbnails of each picture in the gallery. As each thumbnail is selected, the image will be shown in a larger size.

When using the photo gallery, you can select to show the pictures in the app, the pictures from your own gallery, or you can choose to show all pictures. 

We hope you will find this helpful as you create your own photo galleries to show pictures of the pools you build or automatic or solid & mesh safety covers you have installed.   

Friday, March 7, 2014

Automatic Safety Cover Considerations

When designing a pool that will include a Coverstar Automatic Safety Cover, it is important to consider the following guidelines:

  • Drop to water - This is the distance from the cover guide to the water level in the pool.   For the best possible results, it is important to keep the track as close to the water level as possible.    Strive to keep your cover guides within 4 inches of the water’s surface.
  • Drag (or resistance) - It takes almost no effort to push or pull a cover across water. Pulling a cover across a dry surface can create a lot of drag or resistance. This drag commonly occurs on freeform pools where the cover guides are mounted outside the shape of the pool. 

     

One way to combat drag is to limit these drag areas to 10% of the total cover size. This is done by keeping the cover guides as close to edge of the pool as possible. Another way to handle drag is by using blowers. Lifting a cover with blowers requires a significant amount of air flow (more than you might think) and must be done properly. Blowers will create a cushion of air that the cover will ride on rather than riding on the dry surface, significantly reducing the amount of drag.
  • Switch location- Having the switch correctly located can prevent many problems and costly repairs. When selecting a location for the switch, keep in mind that you must be able to see the entire pool at all times.


It is best if you can be closer to the Leading Edge Bar when the cover is in the open position so you can see that the cover is running straight. We recommend that the switch be located along the length of the pool halfway between the middle of the pool and the mechanism end, not more than twelve feet from water’s edge. Poorly located switches are one of the largest contributors to cover failure because of visibility challenges when operating the cover. 

  • Drains- Lack of sufficient drainage is the most frequent cause of cover failure. When a cover housing is flooded, it is not just the motor that might be damaged. The roll-up tube often fills with water, which can weigh several hundred pounds causing the tube to fail and the cover to rip. The best way to protect your automatic cover is to have proper drainage. We recommend at least one three inch (3”) drain. Increasing the size of your drain to four inches (4”) can offer additional protection. Additional drains can be added to further prevent the possibility of flooding. Drain pipe smaller than three inches is not recommended.

By following the above guidelines, we are confident that your automatic safety cover project will be a pleasant and trouble free experience.


 



Friday, February 28, 2014

Swimming Season is Coming!

As the swimming season is quickly approaching, swimming pools will soon be uncovered, cleaned, chemicals balanced and prepared for family fun, relaxation and entertaining friends. We would like to remind you that in addition to preparing your pool for spring, it is also important to prepare your Coverstar Automatic Safety Cover for the season. Like anything that is exposed to harsh chemicals and wide variations in environmental conditions, a pool cover also needs regular maintenance.

We recommend that the following items be checked each spring to insure that you’re Coverstar automatic safety cover will operate smoothly and perform reliably.

· Lubricate all pulleys

·Adjust the torque limiter

· Adjust the ropes for smooth cover operation

· Flush dirt from the cover track

· Tighten loose bolts and screws

· Clean leaves and debris out of the cover box and make sure there is adequate drainage from the cover box

· Clean the cover

· Replace sliders and pulleys as needed

By properly maintaining your Coverstar Automatic Safety Cover, it will continue to provide the best protection available for your family and your pool investment.

Friday, February 21, 2014

2014 New Automatic Cover Products

Coverstar, a division of Latham Pool Products, is pleased to introduce several new products that will be released in the coming weeks.


Wireless Touch Pad Control Switch

  • The wireless touch pad control switch can be installed  in conjunction with a hard wired receiver touch pad unit. 
  • This allows a homeowner to install a second touch pad, which is in full view of the pool, in a second location without the need of running conduit. 
  • The wireless touch pad must be mounted in a secure location.  
Available April 1st.



CS300HD Spa Mechanism Package
 
  • The CS300HD spa mechanism includes a stronger motor.
  • Great solution for spas or small pools up to 12 x 24. 
  • It features a tuck under gear driven motor which allows the system to be installed with a much smaller motor offset. 
Available April 1st.



Slim Flush Guide
  •  Slim Flush Guide is a low profile track that positioned outside the shape of the pool. 
  • It is poured in the deck so it is flush with the top of the finished deck.
  • It features a pulley that is mounted to the guide feed and a two inch end pulley to provide smooth cover operation.
Available April 1st.

2 1/2 Inch Leading Edge Tube
  • 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" Leading edge tube
  • Provides stronger deflection in both the horizontal and vertical directions 
  • Can be used with either rope or loop cover application.
  • Maximum length is 24 ft.
Available April 1st.

Coverstar is committed to having the highest quality and most durable products on the market. As we enter the 2013 season, these new products and product enhancements will once again distinguish Coverstar as the market leader in automatic pool cover products.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Updated Coverstar Dealer Manual

Last year, we introduced our new Coverstar Dealer Manual. The dealer manual provides detailed information that that is helpful when building a pool that will include a Coverstar automatic safety cover. The manual includes information such as:

  • Installation instructions for full Eclipse, CS3000 and CS300HD spa systems
  • Specifications sheets for each mechanism, system type and housings
  • Wiring diagrams for the standard switch or new touch pad switches
  • Cross section drawings of housing, walk on lids, housing drainage etc.
  • Sections for special applications including blowers, perimeter overflow, vanishing edge etc.
The manual is organized with an easy to follow table of contents which will help you navigate through the different options whether they are looking for information based on pool type (gunite, vinyl liner and fiberglass) or system type (underguide, topguide, deckmount).

We are excited to announce that the new dealer manual has been updated to include improvements that have been made to our systems and products.  This updated version of the manual has been posted on our website and is available for viewing or for download. To access the manual, go to www.coverstar.com. After the website opens, click on the link that says "are you a builder/dealer". Next, use the mouse to hover over the link that says "Automatic" along the top of the page. This will bring up several options, including "Dealer Manual".

After clicking on the manual link, you will see that it has been set up with a number of links throughout it. Each of the line items in the table of contents is a link that will take you to that section of the manual. Additional links titled "return to table of contents", have been included at the top of each page throughout the manual. When clicked, these links will take you back to the table of contents.

The dealer can be downloaded in its entirety using this link at the top of the page or, if a specific section is needed, the individual section can be downloaded.
We hope you find this new manual helpful as you implement automatic covers in your pool designs.