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How to Install a Hot Tub Cover Lifter

Taking the cover off a hot tub doesn’t have to be hard, so it’s understandable that you’re looking to ease the process and install a hot tub cover lifter. But don’t think for a second that a cover lifter isn’t important. A hot tub cover lifter not only lends added convenience, but it also protects your cover from damage, as well.

It might seem daunting to commit to installing a lifter, but if you have any questions or concerns, our expert staff members at The Pool People can help answer any hot tub-related questions you may have. Plus, you’ll be happy to know it only takes about an hour to install a hot tub cover lifter. You can spend some time doing it on a free afternoon and then still enjoy your hot tub that evening.

Steps to Install a Hot Tub Cover Lifter

Obviously, the first thing you need to do is find a hot tub cover lifter! Luckily, The Pool People can help with that. Our helpful employees have lots of industry knowledge to steer you toward the cover lifter that’s right for you. With options from Leisure Concepts and Covana, you are sure to have the perfect lifter for your needs.

After you have your hot tub cover lifter, follow these steps to install the manual version, making sure you’re following along with the manufacturer’s instructions as you go. This is a convenient step-by-step guide if you want to get an idea of how to install a hot tub cover lifter, but the manufacturer’s instructions supersede this general list.

1) Determine What Kind of Attachments Your Cover Lifter Has

Before you start to install a hot tub cover lifter, check to see how it attaches to your hot tub. Many can be easily attached, but some require power tools to attach, so make sure to have a power drill and screws on hand if your installation requires these. If it does, just drill the holes and use the screws to mount the lifter on rather than clamping it, which doesn’t require tools.

2) Attach All of the Support Pieces to the Attached Cover Lifter Base

There are several support pieces on a hot tub cover lifter, often called arms. There are main supports and pivoting supports. You may also have hydraulic supports on your cover lifter. Consult the hot tub cover lifter’s manufacturing installation guide to see exactly how and where to install them.

3) Attach the Cover Lifter to Your Hot Tub Cover

Now that you’ve constructed the hot tub cover lifter, it’s time to finish the installation by attaching it to your hot tub cover. You also must consult the manufacturer’s guide to see exactly how to do this, as it varies depending on which kind of cover lifter you have.

4) Test Your Hot Tub Cover Lifter

Yay, you did it! Now it’s time to test it. Make sure to test it before you plan to use the hot tub again. Also, if there are any hand grips or other accessories that come with your hot tub cover lifter, you can confidently add them after a successful test.

And if you have any problems or questions during your installation, don’t hesitate to contact The Pool People. We’re here to help with all of your hot tub needs, so you can enjoy a relaxing soak in your hot tub.