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Pool Safety Spain

DIY Katchakid

DIY Katchakid Poo Safety Net

If you do not have a Katchakid Distributor or Installer in your area, or you want to save some money by installing this Safety Net yourself, there is a simplified Do-It-Yourself version.

Notes:

  • DIY Katchakid is sold only for regular shaped pools up to 40ft long (13m).
  • Installing a DIY net requires some knowledge of using a power drill and standard hand-tools.
  • Installation is a physical job, and requires some strength, but is within the capabilities of most DIY enthusiasts.
  • A Pool Safety Net uses horizontal tension across the pool so the decking or coping (where the anchors are placed) must be sturdy, solid and in good repair.
  • Fitting a Katchakid can be time-consuming and relatively detailed, as pool safety nets are shaped to the pool during the installation process, but excellent step-by-step instructions are included with each DIY Katchakid, including a colour Installation Booklet and a DVD.

The Concept of installing a DIY Katchakid

Imaging your pool in a rectangular box; cover that box with a rectangular mesh (The Katchakid Net).

Keep all mesh running-lines as straight and square as possible.

The net is then custom-shaped to fit the individual pool.

The Process of installing a DIY Katchakid

  • Installation should take between 4 and 6 hours so only begin installation when you have sufficient time to complete the job.
  • Ensure you have a dry day to install the DIY Katchakid as you will be working with electricity.
  • Installing a DIY Katchakid can be broken down into the following phases:

Planning

  1. Anchor placement and installation
  2. Positioning and securing the Katchakid
  3. Trimming the edges of the net
  4. Binding the edges of the net
  5. Closing the fasteners and 'finishing' the net
  6. Setting the Central Tensioning System
  7. Assembling the EZ-Roller
  8. Attaching ASTM Safety Labels

Tools and equipment required:

  1. Scissors
    Hammer
    Heavy duty hammer drill* (or even better; a diamond core-drill)
    Soldering Iron and extension cable with Ground Fault Interrupter
    Tape measure
    Clear PVC solvent adhesive for assembly of the EZ-Roller
    Hose-pipe, if you are using a core-drill

*Katchakid recommends a heavy-duty hammer drill but for the best possible results use a core-drill with a diamond-tipped drill-bit. These tools can be rented on a daily rate from many hardware stores or a Tool Hire company

When using a core-drill it is useful to make a wooden template to prevent the drill from sliding or slipping on the surface of the coping. Make a template by drilling a 19mm (3/4") hole in a piece of timber and hold the template still by standing on it during the drilling operation.

DIY Katchakid Net - components

  • I x Katchakid Pool Net with pre-installed Central Tensioning System
  • Sufficient anchors and fasteners for the size of net supplied
  • EZ-Roller components – simple assembly
  • Pulley rope and binding braid
  • 2 x clasps for connecting Ratchet system and EZ-Roller
  • 1 x Start Disc
  • 1 x Instruction booklet and 1 x DVD or Video (both in English)