Autumn leaves. Winterizing and covering the pool. #1: Autumn leaves when Autumn comes. Deck covering the pool

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Blog entry by fernandoindia posted 10-04-2010 07:12 AM 18366 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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When summer is over, one expects the autumn leaves of red and gold
start drifting all over the pool. Nice show to be seen on your´s neighbor pool.

Sooner or later, it will happen in yours´, unless…....

.... yes, unless you cover your pool.

Since autumn started in Northern hemisphere, I imagine that someone may be interested in covering the pool, as I was last April.

I made some research, namely surfing the web, and found the exercise of covering the pool can be done either temporarily with a soft or hard cover, the latter being a deck, or permanent deck. I was aiming at a temporary deck cover. (BTW, during this research I joined LJ)

Temporarily Soft covers, comprise different kind of canvass , and are the cheapest and most common.

The standard one,

or the automatic one.

I don´t like them. The pool is still there but you cannot step neither into nor over it. And still there is a question mark as to whether is safe enough for 60 year old children remaining dry after walking over it, provided they can keep equilibrium.

I found a great system to temporary and mechanically hard cover the pool. Absolutely cool, press a button and you can rock and roll over it within a couple of minutes. From “Minesssota":

Total cost is in the range of USD 85,000/ 125,000. We decided to pass it because we didn´t like the color of the deck LOL

The permanent deck over the pool, is also cool. But is at least semi permanent. It involves some kind of mortar working in the site for the beams installation

construction at day 2

Day 3, install joists, etc

final product day 6

Beam and joists fixed installation can be undone if you wish. As easy as undoing your roof. (Not so hard as Sharon´s bowling) which at the end will mean that we´ll never undeck the pool.

This system is mainly used in houses were the pool will be no longer used. This kind of cover do not require the owner to apply any permission to the county, as if they were to definitely buried. And simultaneously, they keep the pool and the pool added value to the house in case they decide to sell it down the road.

There are other transitory (couple of days only) coverings for the pool, which are usually required for party / dancing organizations. But that covering requires emptying the pool, which is not recommended for a long period of time (several months) since pools float in the terrain.

With all such findings we started our own internal homework to decide which way to go, which was:

1. A treated wooden deck over the pool.

2. Such deck, after retired from the pool, needed to be stored around the pool, and continue to serve as deck.

3. The deck needed to be installed and uninstalled with 2/3 people the most

4. Installation of the deck on the pool should not require any wet work (mortar, whatever), no nails, no screws, nothing that would prevent us no to uninstall the deck in the springtime. Not even a bolt.

Hope it may help someone.

Will continue

-- Back home. Fernando

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#1 posted 10-04-2010 09:14 AM

Beautiful dancing deck you got now!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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