Homemade Pool Cover Reel

While there are many benefits of using pool cover, one disadvantage is the difficulty in using these pool covers. But you could make things easier for yourself by installing pool cover reel which makes it easier to close and reopen your pool whenever you feel like. 

In the pool cover reel system, there are different pool covers which range from homemade to automatic pool covers. Getting an automatic pool cover reel system may be challenging for many people due to its cost but if you’re a handy person, you can design your own diy solar cover reel above ground pool and cut the cost of getting an automatic system. 

Benefits of diy solar reel cover above ground pool

  • The usefulness of the diy solar cover reel above ground pool includes
  • To use your pool cover when you shut down your pool 
  • To remove the pool cover when you make use of the pool
  • And to collect the pool cover when the pool is in use

How to make your own solar reel cover

To design your own solar cover reel, here is what you’ll need

  • Solar Cover
  • 10 ft ¾ inch alloy pipe
  • ¾ inch female 90o fitting 
  • Two bags of cement
  • 4 inch extended ¾ inch nipple
  • 6 3 inch extended ¼ inch eyelet bolt
  • Grommets
  • Two 4 X 4 X 8 treated lumber post
  • Gravel 
  • huge zip binds
  • Paint or Sealant

Tools for construction procedure

  • Grommet Kit
  • Drill
  • Wrench
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Wheelbarrow (optional)
  • Shovel
  • Miter or circular or hand saw
  • 1 ¼ inch spade bit
  • 5/16 inch and 1/8 inch drill bits

Step by step process

  • Lay the posts: excavate two holes one foot apart each other with six inches space on the left and right of your pool’s metal support. The different holes should be one foot in diameter and 18 inch deep. 
  • Nick the posts:  cut your post to fit the height of your pool and ensure it remains leveled into the floor by adding gravel few inches into the hole.  Position the post to be upright using the gravel.
  • Prepare Concrete: prepare your concrete portion in the wheelbarrow using water then mix with a spade or cement mixer.
  • Fill up the holes: fill the holes using the cement mixture and level the post while filing the cement.
  • Insert your eyelet bolt: mark the space for your inlet bolt adjusting them about eighteen inches apart each on every side of the post.
  • Drill bolt hole: drill a hole in the pipe of 5/16 and 1/8 inch. Insert the eyelet bolt through the hole then pass a nut through the other end. 
  • Drill holes through the pole: drill the top about 4 inches with the 1 ¼ inch spade bit.  Sprinkle the hole and the pipe with WD40 then pass the post through.  Join both ends of the post to your 90 degree fitting and also the nipple. Then use a wrench to tighten the nut
  • Assemble your solar cover:  cut your solar cover to the shape of your pool.
  • Set the tarp to face up with pipe and take record of where the eyelet is
  • With hole puncher, set the grommet and other instruments which consist of hard bottom too, with your grommet facing up then your tarp and the washer faces down. Using a large punch tool, whack everything into place. 


If you follow these steps closely, you can create your solar pool cover easily. You can also put on/off the cover easily.

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