Place the aluminum tubes across one end of the pool. This is where the reel will be placed. The exact location of the reel will differ if the pool is not rectangular in shape. Once the tubes are in place, you will want to measure to ensure that once they are joined, they will extend past the pool width by approximately 18" on each side. If the reel extends past 18" on either side of the pool, it will need to be cut using a hacksaw following manufacturer recommendations.
The joint webb will need to be attached to the aluminum tubes using the tek screws that come with the solar cover reel following the manufacturer's guideline. This particular solar reel required screws placed 2" and 12" from the end of the tube. Use the tape measure to measure and mark the screw locations with the marker. Repeat this process until all the aluminum tubes are connected.
Locate the solar reel strap kit and position the first plate at least 2" away from the edge of the pool cover. Continue this until all the plates have been spaced out evenly across the width of the cover. The plates consist of a 1 male and 1 female half. Using one half of the plate as a guide, punch 3 holes through the solar cover. The holes must be as wide as the holes in the plate. Once this has been completed, the two halves should snap together.
Once all of the plates have been positioned, you may begin attaching the straps and strap buckle. The buckle needs to be at least 24" away from the end of the strap. The strap will have one end that has velcro. This will be the end that attaches to aluminum tube. The velcro needs to be facing downward once attached to the cover.
Once all of the straps have been installed, stand behind the reel and begin pulling the straps to align them with the tube. Attach the remaining velcro tabs to the solar reel. Adjust the straps so that they are of equal length. This will ensure that the amount of pull will be evenly distributed.