If you do not have a distributor or agent in your area or you want to save some money by installing the Katchakid yourself, then Katchakid Inc. is proud to offer our simplified Do-It-Yourself version of the Katchakid.
Fitting a Katchakid can be time consuming and relatively detailed as pool safety
nets are custom installed during the installation process. For free form pools,
larger pools and pools with walls, rockeries and waterfalls a professional
installation is required by a trained Katchakid Technician.
The Katchakid DIY kit is only sold for regular shaped pools of standard size. The maximum length of a DIY Katchakid is 40 feet. The DIY Katchakid requires knowledge of using a power drill and standard tools. Fitting a DIY Katchakid is a physical job and calls for some strength. A Pool Safety net uses horizontal tension across the pool so any decking or coping where anchors are to be placed must be sturdy, solid and in good repair.
The Concept of Installing a DIY Katchakid
Imagine your pool in a rectangular box; cover that box with a rectangular mesh net while keeping all mesh running lines as straight and square as possible while custom shaping the net to your pool.
The Process of Installing a DIY Katchakid
The installation will take you approximately 4-6 hours so only begin the installation process when you have plenty of time. As you are working with electricity you will also need to watch the weather reports to make sure you choose a day when rain is not forecasted.
Installation process of a DIY Katchakid can be divided into the following
- Anchor Placement and Installation
- Positioning and Securing The Katchakid.
- Trimming The Katchakid.
- Binding the Edges of the Katchakid.
- Closing The Fasteners & Finishing Up The Edges of The Katchakid
- Setting The CTS System.
- Mounting The EZ-Roller and Tying On The Start Disk.
- Attaching the A.S.T.M. Labels.
Required Tools and Equipment
Heavy Duty Hammer Drill *
3/4” Concrete Drill Bit
Electrical Extension Cord with
Ground Fault Interrupter
Clear PVC Glue for Roller Assembly
Epoxy or Cement (Maybe required
for certain pool decking)
Water Pipe (If using a core drill)
* We recommend a heavy-duty hammer drill. For best possible results use a core drill with a diamond tipped drill bit. These drills can be rented on a daily basis from large hardware stores such as Home Depot. When using a core drill it is useful to use a wooden template to avoid the drill from sliding. A template can be produced from a 4” x 4” piece of wood with a ¾”in hole drilled through it. If using a core drill you will require a water pipe.
If you are unsure of any part of the installation process we are here
to help. A Katchakid Technician can be reached during office hours; 9am – 5pm
Monday through Friday on
Toll Free 1-888-5-KATCHA or after these hours on cellular – 281 222 8305.
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Katchakid Pool Net Included Hardware
1 x Katchakid Pool Net with Installed CTS system
50 x Anchors
50 x Fasteners
2 x Clasps (For connecting the Roller and Ratchet)
1 x EZ-Ratchet
1 x Start Disk
1 x Instruction Booklet
1 X Instruction Video
REMOVE YOUR KATCHAKID COMPLETELY BEFORE USING POOL.
NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED NEAR POOL.
ALWAYS REPLACE YOUR KATCHAKID AFTER SWIMMING
- Your pool net does not replace adult supervision. It is designed to act as a last line of defense. The net is an additional safety feature for your pool.
- Children should never be left unattended.
- Pool Protection can only be effective if used.
- Your pool safety net is not a toy. Do not allow children or adults to jump or play on the net, this will cause rubbing or chaffing of the net.
- Do not allow animals to chew on the net. You net is not warranted against destruction by animals. Keep the net away from sources of heat such as barbecues as it can melt.
- Do not use your pool with the net partially opened. This creates a dangerous situation and should be avoided at all times. Your pool is not properly secured until the net is in place and properly tensioned.
- The net will be more effective the greater the distance between the water and the net. It is recommended that this distance be at least 7”in below the upper edge of the pool surround (coping) or to manufacturer’s specifications.
- Concrete decks should be a minimum of 4”in deep to ensure that the anchors are secure.
- The coping and pool surround should be in a good condition
- When installing a Katchakid pool net on a new pool wait for 5 days after final completion.
- The net mesh or any opening should be small enough to prevent a solid faced sphere with a maximum breath of 4.5” in from gaining access at any point of the pool while applying a force of 40lbs.
Remember this pool net is a supplementary pool safety aid. The best safety around pools is undivided and competent adult supervision and this pool net can never replace adult supervision. Nor can it be a guarantee against drowning or other accidents.
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