broken automatic pool cover motor

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Old 05-01-10, 06:13 AM
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broken automatic pool cover motor

Our automatic pool cover motor broke yesterday in the morning and we are not able to find a replacement. No company is able to come in and to do it for us neither. We spent most of the Friday trying to resolve this problem w/o any success.

The pool is closed for more than one day already and we would like to at least open it for the weekend till we find out how to fix it.

Is there a way of opening the cover? We have AutoGuardô automatic pool cover top track system. I wonder why isn't this system designed for an emergency opening if the system brakes down?

Thank you for help in advance
 
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Old 05-01-10, 08:20 AM
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I've never worked on a cover before, but I would think if you removed the motor there may be some way of turning the mechanism manually. Can you maybe post some pics?

If you can remove the motor, any decent motor repair shop should be able to repair or recondition it.
 
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Old 05-01-10, 09:44 AM
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is there no place to insert a tool to manually open? I'm not familiar with this brand but most operate on the same principal. You can take ropes off the pullys and pull ropes to open. Just make sure you know how to put them back. Look here http://www.automaticpoolcovers.net/owners-manual.pdf
 
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Thank you for your replies.

We pull the ropes all the way out; however, cover didnít move at all. Thatís when we tried to use a channel locks to turn it. We only managed to open the cover maybe 10 inches. It seems like the bearings in the motor are stuck. It hums, however it doesn't turn at all.

I think disconnecting the motor should help temporarily. I wish we could contact the service for manual opening, however all the stores with service are closed for the weekend.

Here are pictures of the pool motor
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Old 05-01-10, 10:38 AM
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I am sorry the pictures don't show up in this forum. I am trying a different link, sorry for that.
[IMG]http://i42.************/2rqzh49.jpg[/IMG]

If this doesn't work neither, how do you post pictures in your emails using TinyPic? First links were for "ML for Websites" and this link is for "IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards"

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Old 05-01-10, 10:42 AM
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pics did not post, however it sounds like might not be the motor, might be the cover or cables are hung up. I would free the motor and try it to see if it come on or not. Humming can be a bad motor, but it could also be something in cover to keep it from running.
 
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A different way of posting pictures, hopefully this will work:
Picasa Web Albums - Dagmar - pool auto cover,
Picasa Web Albums - Dagmar - pool auto cover,
Picasa Web Albums - Dagmar - pool auto cover

 

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Thank you all again for your responses.

We detached the motor and tested it; it is not working, only humming. We checked the ropes and they all look straight. We did not take the tracks apart though.

Our pool is 20x40 feet and even though my husband is strong, he was not able to open the pool manually with the channel locks more than 10 inches. The shaft has marking on it now and we are afraid to do more, so we don't do more damage to the system.
 
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Old 05-01-10, 05:08 PM
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There are places to take electric motors to have rebuilt. Don't know what to try to get it open other than call co on Monday...
 
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Old 05-02-10, 05:56 AM
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Posting images

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Tested a sample TinyPic image and can't get it to link; maybe they have a block of some kind? The asterisks show up in place of "t!nypic.com" in the url when you try to link and even after trying to edit it back in. [had to type it with the ! in place of the i or it still comes up as asterisks]. The other online albums work fine.
 
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The pictures from TinyPic show fine in the GardenWeb forum with the first URL I posted originally. I am not sure why the letters are for TinyPic being starred out.

Well, the fastest way of fixing it was to spend $850 for a new motor. We will search for a company to have the original rebuilt and keep it if we will need a future replacement.

The only problem is, the sensors don't work anymore and the opening-closing works the opposite direction while turning the key. We had a help from a electrician who did his first pool auto-cover install. He will try to fix the open-close key function. We will have to figure our how to reactivate the sensors.

I made a picture of the new motor (Picasa Web Albums - Dagmar - pool auto cover), it looks little different, it was made by our local Automatic Pool Cover company. They didn't want to give us instructions for install and the motor doesn't have any warranty because they did not install it. We feel cheated, but we needed to open the pool while it was closed since Friday morning. We just put $500 worth of new water in, $650 for new sand filter, and $200 for chemicals and weren't ready to have water quality problems again.

Thank you again for all your responses and help.
 
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