Safety covers are a necessity to properly closing your pool during the winter season. They conserve water, reduce cleaning time, and reduce chemical consumption. Although safety covers are durable, maintaining them can be a difficult task due to excess wear on the hardware required to install it. Annual opening and closing of the pool, improper installation of anchors and springs, excess tension, and harsh weather conditions can lead to the degradation of your pool cover hardware. More importantly, having old and potentially compromised hardware can mitigate the effectiveness of the accessories used to install it.
Pool cover hardware that is tarnished is hardware that should be replaced. Aesthetically, dull and corroded hardware detracts from the look of your backyard. Each anchor and collar becomes a big brown spot that will become an eyesore visible throughout the summer. Important tools such as installation rods and tamping tools that are critical in expediting the installation process become harder to use when dealing with worn out hardware. Most importantly, the strength of the brass and stainless steel used in the construction of these hardware products gets weaker once corrosion takes effect. Although the likelihood of total breakage of pool cover hardware is minimal, we recommend replacing your anchors, screws, and collars when the aforementioned signs of wear begin to show. Hardware replacements are typically done during opening and closing seasons, (April, May, and June, and September, October, and November), but they can be replaced throughout the year if necessary.
Many inground pool covers come with fabric straps attached to the cover's edge. Pool cover hardware is then needed to secure these straps to the surrounding pool deck area. These straps are fed through a buckle and then connected to a spring. Using an installation rod, the spring is then extended and secured around the anchor screw. A collar can also be used to provide a decorative look while protecting the deck from being scratched or cracked from contact with the spring during installation/removal and in harsh weather conditions.
Most cover hardware should last quite a long time depending on how much stress the pool cover puts on it. But improper maintenance and other issues can break them over time.
Anchor replacements are typically done during opening and closing seasons, (April, May, and June, and September, October, and November), but they can be replaced throughout the year if necessary.
Steps to install new anchors into concrete or paver decks:
- Use a Hammer Drill with a 3/4" masonry drill bit to create a hole 3 inches deep. Be sure to keep the drill straight.
- Clean any dust and debris out of the hole.
- Using a tamping tool and hammer, tamp the anchor retainer into the hole. Make sure the screw has been removed from the anchor retainer prior to tamping.
- Re-insert the screw into the anchor shell. Optional collar can be placed over the anchor before inserting screw.
- The anchor is now ready to be attached to a spring.
Anchors, screws and collars have historically only been made in solid brass. This hardware is now available in stainless steel and matte black, providing premium alternatives in both quality and color.
Stainless steel matches the color of pool cover springs and blends better into most pool decks. The premium grade SS304 stainless steel material is also weather and corrosion resistant, providing great longevity and reducing the need for replacement.
Matte black, on the other hand, offers a cosmetic upgrade vs. the standard brass/gold color and fits with the recent trend of matte black hardware in homes (cabinet knobs, door knobs, etc.). The matte black hardware is made from solid brass and then electroplated in a premium matte black finish.
Will these pool hardware supplies fit my particular pool cover?
Most likely, yes. Our hardware is compatible with almost all pool cover models, including:
- Blue Wave
- Life Strong
- Yard Guard
- And many more
If you have a specific question about compatibility, use the form below to contact our team.
How is the hardware installed? How is the anchor put down into the cement?
A hole is drilled into the concrete, and using the tamping tool, the installer puts in the screw, and uses the installation rod to attach the spring to the anchor.
The size of the pool, style of cover, and distance between anchor points are a few factors that determine the quantity of hardware parts needed. Learn more about sizing your pool for hardware requirements.
2” extended screw length is another option for specific types of flooring.
Important tools for the job:
- Tamping tool
- Rotary hammer drill
- Masonry drill bit
- Hex key
- Installation rod
FAQs | Real Questions from Pool Cover Hardware Customers
How big is the drill bit for the holes?
Do these anchors sit flush when not the cover is not in use? My existing anchors sit up above the concrete and are a constant hazard.
Yes, if installed correctly, once you remove the cover the anchors screw down so they are flush with the walking surface when not in use. Then when putting the cover back on, you screw them back up.
If, however, a hole wasn’t drilled deep enough, one might stick up slightly. As long as you screw the tops back down you’ll be fine.
Do your anchors come with the installation tool for tamping them down?
No tools come included with parts. Tamping tools, hex keys, and other tools are sold separately. When installing anchors you may need a cement drill bit and a hammer drill to make the holes, and use a hammer to tap the inserts in.
Do these work in concrete?
Perfectly! Drill the hole and drive them down flush. The ridges on top secure them tightly in place.
About 8 of my old ones are stripped. How do you remove them when in the concrete?
Drill them out with increasingly larger drill bits until you’re able to collapse them in and loosen them. If you don't mind the look, you can drill just short or just past the old one and install a new one.
Will these work for a Latham pool cover?
If they use anchors, these should work fine.
Is the insert in the center 1/4" hex. for raising and lowering ?
Yes, righty tighty, lefty loosey!
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Running out of inventory? We can fill the gaps. Our pool cover hardware clients include both B2C and B2B:
- Homeowners with DIY capabilities..
- Local pool service companies.
- Large regional pool service companies.
- Pool cover manufacturers.
Additional Pool Cover Hardware Products
New/other products in the pool cover hardware & accessory category
18” Aluminum Ground Spike
An alternative to brass anchors, ground spikes have a head on top onto which the spring attaches. They are used to attach pool cover springs to lawns and landscape areas (any non-hardscape area).
Bungee Cord / Bungee Strap / 10” Rubber Tie Strap
Made specifically for solid pool covers, as opposed to mesh, we offer replacements for straps that have broken off over time. Compatible pool cover example: Anchor Industries Class Solid.
10” Aluminum Ground Stake
The 10” ground spike is shorter, wider and features a superior grip.
3” Stainless Steel Wall Anchor
3” stainless steel wall anchors are used to attach the pool covers to waterfalls, rock walls, or other raised walls of any kind.
8” Heavy-Duty Double Stainless Steel Spring
Stronger than the standard spring, the heavy-duty double stainless spring is used in higher load situations, such as areas that see significant snow accumulation.
5” Short Stainless Steel Spring
An alternative to the standard spring size, the 5” short stainless steel spring is used in special situations in which the standard length does not suffice.
Stainless Steel Anchor & Collar
A material upgrade to the standard brass material, stainless steel anchors and collars are more durable and weather resistant, and represent a cosmetic upgrade for those looking for a silver/gray color.
Matte Black Anchor & Collar
Another cosmetic alternative to the standard brass/gold color is the matte black anchor and collar.