|Add storage and provide a backrest for seating while hiding big equipment |
A pool pump setup involves a collection of machinery, and the best way to protect it from the weather is to cover it. This portable cover has a frame of 70 x 35mm treated pine clad with 7.5mm blueboard and it moves on 50mm castors for easy access to the pump. A recycled door handle is attached as a pull bar and the cover is trimmed with aluminium angle.
Prepare the Materials
Use a mitre saw or circular saw to cut the parts then treat the cut ends by applying a resealing product. Mark the studs on the front rails and drill two 2.5mm pilot holes at each join. Cut the blueboard using a fi bro cutter and sand the edges.
Make the frames
Position fi ve studs equally spaced against the front rails. Secure the end studs, checking the joints with a try square, then measure the diagonals to check the frame is square before securing the remaining studs.
Assemble the frames
Make the side frames by positioning the studs against the side rails. On the base rails butt the side frames against the front, securing from inside the front frame studs with three 75mm screws each side.
Add the roof supports
Position a roof support 70mm from the back and one in the centre, drill angled pilot holes into the side rails and secure with 75mm screws. TIP Hold roof supports in place with clamps when drilling and securing.
Add frame braces
Secure a packer into the top corner of the side frames with 50mm x 8g screws. Position the frame braces, securing to the studs with 50mm screws, and use 75mm screws to secure corner braces to the roof corners.
Attach the roof
Secure the front and side boards to the frames with galvanised clouts. Position the roof to overlap, securing with 25mm clouts 200mm apart. Position a fi bro joining strip along the back edge, add the fi nishing strip at the back of the roof and secure.
Add the aluminium angle
Mark the aluminium angle to fi t around the roof with mitred corners, drill 2mm clearance holes and secure with griplock nails. Attach angle to the vertical front corners. TIP Clamp a mitre box to a sawhorse and cut the angle with a hacksaw.
Attach the handle
Mark the handle centred over the front rail, drill 5mm clearance holes through the rail to secure the handle from underneath. Secure 50mm castors to the back corners and swivel castors at the front.