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Pool Dome Installation

Here are the basic steps to install your new dome. Please Note: This is only an overview of a normal dome installation and is provided for you so that you may get an accurate idea of what is actually involved when installing a dome for the first time. Your new dome will come with more detailed instructions on specific items that may or may not apply to your particular installation. Please use the instructions provided with your dome as the actual installation guide.

After placing a few thousand domes around the world over many years, this system has been simplified and perfected so any "do it yourselfer" can complete the process easily and obtain professional results! However, Ameri-Brand is also your source for custom expertise. Our page on alternative pool dome installations should give you a small taste of what we can create to accommodate your needs.

Although installation times vary with each individual unit, a typical installation time frame is accounted for by the clock diagrams shown below (larger commercial domes and sport domes will take longer). For this example, this installation begins at 12:00 noon. Also, subsequent reinstallations will take much less time as there will be no need to drill holes, etc. Allow extra time for installation of add-ons like the Airlock Entry System (view the Airlock Assembly Video).

  Step #1: Snap a Chalk line   Dome installation - time clock 1

Snap a chalk line on the pool deck to form the outline of the dome using the original "X" marks to form your perimeter line. (These are the ones that were placed on the deck in indelible marker when you measured the dome for ordering.)

Marking dome perimeter with chalkline
  Step #2: Mark Anchor Spacing   Dome installation - time clock 2

Using the instructions we provide for your specific dome as your guide, place a chalk mark across the perimeter line at each anchor location. This anchor spacing is typically every 3'. It is not necessary to mark the corner anchors at this time as the exact placement of them will be determined after the dome is spread across the pool.

Marking anchor locations
  Step #3: Drilling Anchor Holes   Dome installation - time clock 3

Drill a hole with a "Roto-hammer" and a 1/2" diameter masonry bit to a depth of 2" at each anchor location.

Drilling dome anchor holes
  Step #4: Installing Anchors   Dome installation - time clock 4

Drop an anchor sleeve into each hole drilled. Tap gently with a hammer if necessary until the top of the sleeve is flush with the swimming pool deck. To "set" the anchors, place the anchor setting tool (provided with your dome kit) into the center hole of each anchor and strike the tool with a hammer until it feels like it's bottomed out. Do not screw in the eyebolts yet as we do not want to snag the dome on them as it is spread across the pool.

Installing anchors in the pool deck
  Step #5: Spreading out the Dome   Dome installation - time clock 5

Being careful to not drag or scrape the dome across the pool deck, spread the dome over the pool and position as closely as possible to the perimeter chalk line.

Pulling the dome across the pool
  Step #6: Add the Eyebolts   Dome installation - time clock 6

Screw an eyebolt into each anchor and screw the retaining nut down to "lock" the position of the eyebolt in place.

Screwing in the eyebolts
  Step #7: Attach Eyebolts to Cable   Dome installation - time clock 7

Attach the cable of the dome to the eyebolts.

Attach eyebolts to dome anchor cable
  Step #8: Make corner radii   Dome installation - time clock 8

Determine the corner anchor positions by pulling the the corners of the unit into place. Drill the remaining corner anchor holes, set the anchors, and screw in and set the remaining eyebolts. Attach the cable to these eyebolts.

Create corner radius
  Step #9: Position Dome Blower   Dome installation - time clock 9

Position the blower assembly and control switch between any 2 anchors at any place around the perimeter with the exception of directly at the entry, a corner, or the anchor hem close-off.

Add dome blower
  Step #10:   Dome installation - time clock 10

Plug the dome in and the inflation begins. Go put your swimming trunks on and be sure to grab the camera.

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