Loop-Loc Safety Covers not only meet, but exceed ASTM F1346-91 standards for Safety Swimming Pool Covers. Loop-Loc Safety Covers have even undergone extensive outside testing through Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and have earned the U.L. seal of approval for safety swimming pool covers. They’re even backed by a 15-year warranty! View the Full Loop-Loc-Residential-Brochure.
How it Anchors
Designed for strength and longevity, Loop-Loc’s brass anchors sits flush with any deck surface. The anchor is 3/4″ or roughly the size of a nickel. The brass anchor will not rust or corrode, however it will tarnish or darken to a bronze color after being exposed to the weather. Anchors will sit off the edge of the pool approximately 32″. For straight wall pools, the anchors will be spaced approximately 5 feet apart, and for freeform pools they will be approximately 3 feet apart.
Loop-Loc are designed to fit the pool with overlaps from 12″ on rectangular pools to 15″ on free form pools. When obstacles are in the way that cannot be removed, the cover can be custom cut to accommodate these obstacles.
Handrails and Ladders
Most all handrails and ladders are installed so they can be removed. Before the deck is poured, a “boot” is put in the ground that the handrail or ladder go in. A wedge anchor holds the rails in place. Generally the rails will come out, however if they have been in the ground for many years and have not been removed, they may be extremely difficult if not impossible to remove without damaging the posts.
To test your handrail or ladder, you can remove the escutcheon cups, use a 1/2″ socket to loosen the bolt (about 2 full rotations is all you need), then tap the bolt with a hammer. This will loosen the wedge. If the ladder or handrail has some movement in it when you wiggle it from the top, it should come right out. If it doesn’t move at all, it may have gotten sand and dirt in between the boot and rail. You can try spraying it with some penetrating oil and wait an hour to see if it has loosened up. If not, you will need a cutout for your cover. Some customers prefer to have the cutouts even if their posts are removable just to keep the future installation simple.