How To Build A Pool Cover From PVC Pipe

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Hey there! Are you searching for inexpensive DIY tricks to ace pool maintenance? Well, I've recently learned one that even a child can perform, literally!

How's life, my dear friends? It's your DIY-expert, Stacy Smith! And today, I've decided to share an experience that has made cleaning my pool a more cost-effective job.

If you live in a state where it snows heavily, you're not a stranger to the hassle of keeping your pool clean and protected in those months. Although it doesn’t snow heavily here in Tyler, Texas, my son went the extra mile and built a unique pool cover from PVC pipes.

Honestly, at first, I wasn't sure whether it'd be enough to hold sufficient heat. But after observing how efficiently it does the job, I couldn't help but share my experience.

So, do you want to learn how to build a pool cover from PVC pipe? Here's a complete breakdown of the critical steps for the best results. Also, finding the supplies for this project isn't tough either, as you'll find it all in your local hardware store.

Now, without any further ado, let's dive into it!

Steps To Build A Pool Cover From PVC Pipe

Step 1: Proper PVC Pipe Length Measurement

Before building a PVC pipe cover, the most obvious step is to take the proper measurement of the tarp that you'll be using. The best way to do this if you haven't purchased the tarp is to measure the dimensions of your swimming pool. My expert advice here would be to consider two feet extra on all sides for safety, as DIY projects can go wrong sometimes.

Step 2: Shop For All That You Need

Now that you have the right measurements of the PVC pipe that you'll need, it's time to hit the road and visit your nearest hardware store or supermarket. However, let's not forget that pipes aren't the only essential material; you'd need various other items to precisely construct the cover.

That said, for those looking for the most durable alternatives under a reasonable budget, my pro tip would be to opt for a Schedule 40 PVC pipe with a large 1-inch diameter. It ranks the highest in sturdiness; its water-resistant properties and ease of use make it useful for DIY projects.

Now that we're clear on the pipe details, let's take a quick look at the additional tools and materials needed to construct this cover. Beginning with tools, you'd need a hacksaw, electric drill, screwdriver, and marker. Moving on to the materials, you'd need PVC pipe end caps, PVC adapter sections, 90-degree PVC elbow pieces, PVC glue, and spray paint.

Step 3: Gluing The PVC Sections Together

This step is a must for those building an extra-large pool cover. It's a smarter option to buy more than one pipe, considering how it makes transportation a cakewalk. Before you start constructing, take some time to join the pipes with the primer/glue to meet the pool length standards.

Step 4: Installation Of Endcaps And Hand Crank

After you've finished the secondary tasks, it's time to start constructing the cover. The primary step is the installation of end caps on one side of the pipe. It is a safety measure that prevents the PVC from damages caused by excessive waterlogging or pest infestation.

Now, you have to add the 90-degree elbows to the other end of the pipe, accompanied by an adapter and another small PVC pipe. Continue doing so once more to finish constructing a full-fledged hand crank that'll make rolling up the entire cover easier than ever.

Step 5: Making Clips To Join The PVC Pipe To The Cover

After dealing with the hand crank, it's time to make sure that the cover stays attached to the pipe. For this, you'd need to make clips that will come in very handy while strengthening the bond between the PVC and tarp. It's highly imperative as otherwise, the tarp will be torn into shreds by the slightest movement, which defeats the purpose of building a cover for protection.

Take a hacksaw and slice a portion of the pipe into three sections, ensuring that each cut resembles 1/3rd of the original circumference. These clips will pin the bottom of the cover between itself and the pipeline, which will allow a more secure hold.

Step 6: Coloring The Pipes

Moving on to another optional step, performing this task mainly depends upon whether you'd want to amplify the appearance of the final output. In case you have a particular theme in mind for some extra sass, grab a spraypaint can and color the pipes as you wish.

Step 7: Drilling Holes for Screwing

This step, being the easiest part of the process, would require a reliable electric drill to begin with. Once you have it, drill a few holes on the pipe and the adjoined clips for stronger attachment. I'd recommend that you drill a maximum of three holes per clip - that would be sufficient.

Step 8: Attaching The Clips To The PVC Pipe

You're just one step away from having your very own PVC pool cover; all you have to do here is attach the clips to the PVC pipe. Make the final alignments for a perfect fit, and once you've done that, screw the pipes with the clips.

Congratulations! You've successfully created an extraordinary pool cover out of PVC pipes. You can add extra weights in the bottom as a finishing touch, which will make rolling it up a little easier, once its job is done.

Final Words

Although factory-made solutions are beneficial in day-to-day lives, nothing beats the joy of a DIY alternative that does the job at a fraction of the cost. That being said, I hope that you've enjoyed going through my detailed step-by-step breakdown of how to create an inexpensive pool cover out of PVC pipes. Or if you're looking to pool a top quality pool cover, check out our guide here.

I'll see you soon with more informational posts based on my DIY experience, so stay tuned. Till next time!

About the Author

Stacey is a Texan at heart and a true daughter of the soil. She takes keen interest in everything related to lawn care, and has experience of over 30 years in tinkering with a variety of equipment. When she's not tending to her own lawn or helping the neighbors, she likes to blog about her journey with the rest of the world.

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