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Measuring Your Pool for a Custom Safety Cover

Measuring your pool can be a pretty difficult task if you don't know what you're doing. Fortunately, these directions will assist you throughout the whole process. Included in our guide is a form for writing down your measurements, along with a picture to use as a reference. Please read all of the directions before you begin measuring to ensure that you are doing it correctly. We recommend watching our video, along with printing out our guide and bringing it to your pool to mark down your measurements. When you have completed all of the steps, you can go to our site to enter all of your measurements and get a quote on a safety cover!

Materials Needed

  • Chalk
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Our Guide or a Piece of Paper
  • Measuring tape (That’s Longer Than Your Pool)
  • A helping hand (This Will Require Two People)

1. Create a Reference Line

A reference line will serve as the basis for all of your measurements. To create your reference line, mark two points (A and B) alongside your pool with chalk. Measure the distance between point A and point B and write it on the included form. The implied line between these points is your reference line. (See Figure 1). The reference line must:

  • Not intersect the pool
  • Be at least 3 feet away from the pool
  • Never move while measuring

2. Mark and Number Points

Using chalk, draw a mark on the inside edge of your pool. This mark will serve as a measuring point, so ensure that it's concise and clearly visible. Continue marking the pool about every 3 feet until you've marked the entire perimeter and arrived back at the first point. Be sure to number all of your points, in order, starting at one. If your pool edge includes any small or tight radius areas, mark points every 1 foot in those areas.

3. Measure Each Point

For each point on your pool, you'll need two measurements. The first measurement will be from the pool point to point A on your reference line, and the second will be from the pool point to point B on your reference line. Record your measurements on the included form. We recommend measuring all of your pool points from point A before moving on to your point B measurements. This will allow you to keep one end of your measuring tape fixed at the reference line and should improve the accuracy of your measurements.

4. Measure Obstructions

Any non-removable objects within 3 feet of the pool are considered obstructions and must be marked separately on the included form. Using the same reference line as your pool, mark and measure a new set of points for each obstruction. Examples of obstructions are corner points, ladders, handrails, grab rails, slide legs, rocks, spillways, spa walls separating spa and pool, fill spouts, and dive stands (unless they can be removed and you intend to do so when installing your new safety cover).

5. Create Check Lines

Check lines allow us to confirm the accuracy of your measurements. Each check line is merely a measurement from one pool point to another pool point at the opposite end of your pool. To create your check lines, measure between two marked pool points across the length and width of your pool. At least one check line along the length and one along the width of your pool is required. Additional check lines are recommended for uncommon or complicated pool shapes.

Ready to Get Started?

If you have all your measurements completed, you can click here to get started purchasing your new safety cover! Once all of your measurements have been submitted, they will be reviewed by one of our specialists and they will reach out to you to discuss the price.

Have a Question?

Measuring a pool is not always easy, and some pools are more difficult than others. If you have a question or concern, we're here to help. Call us to speak with a qualified pool specialist, available 7 days a week.Call now: 1-800-356-3025.

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