Choosing the right model and configuration is obviously vital.
The following is a general guide to assist you with choosing the correct enclosure:
Difference between “standard’ & “backless”
A ‘Standard’ enclosure means that it has a rear panel. A ‘backless’ enclosure does not have a rear panel – but has 2 ‘wall strips’ and a ‘horizontal bridge’ ‘in lieu if the rear panel. Please visit our gallery for pictures of our pool pump covers.
Backless enclosures are an alternative when the equipment is located within 2 inches of a wall. In such cases, The Pool Pump Cover offers a backless variant of each model, with most of the back section (against the wall) free for equipment/pipes/electricals etc to be located. Please note, backless enclosures add 2 inches to the depth.
Backless boxes utilise 2 ‘wall strips’ which connect the enclosure to the wall, with a ‘horizontal bridge’ affixed to the top of the wall strips to ensure the system is fully enclosed. The wall strips should be attached to the wall, and 3 locations are available along the height of the wall strip to affix to the wall. The wall strips are 4 inches wide and are located on each side of the box.
Footings & Feet
In the event you have a sloping base / ground, our special ‘feet’ can be used to level the enclosure, to a maximum of 1½ inches. These are optional, and when purchased, there will be 2 feet provided for every corner. Please visit our gallery for pictures.
Footings are chemically treated timber pine sleepers – cut to the size of the enclosure. The width of the timber footings are 1¾ inches. The footings come pre-drilled and ready to assemble – supplied with 8 x 5 inch galvanised timber screws for connecting the footings together, and 8 x 3 inch screws for securing the enclosure to the footings.
The footings provide additional protection for the box against corrosion by preventing contact with the ground.
They are also used / needed when there is no even or level ground (the enclosure needs to sit on an even or level surface such as a concrete slab or pavers). Please visit our gallery for pictures.
Please note the footings will increase the height of the enclosure by 3.5 inches
The Slab Size
For planning purposes, if you a pouring a formed concrete slab, please allow for an additional inch around the box i.e. 2 inches more than both the width and depth dimensions.
The Ventilation Gaps
The ventilation gaps of the enclosure (1 inch all along the back and front of the enclosure) have been tested by an Industrial Engineer to ensure adequate protection of pool pumps & other equipment. The gaps are also designed in a way to allow for wirings and conduits to pass in and out of the enclosure.
The Acoustic Foam
The Pool Pump Cover uses Australian made 20mm thick Acoustic Foam industrially affixed to the interior of our enclosures. The Dark Grey foam is typically a grade of 29/400 which equates to the following:
- Density of 28 to 31 kg/m3
- Tear resistance of 400N/m (minimum)
These properties, combined with the design of the enclosure, facilitate an 80-81% reduction in noise when applied to the enclosure – see independent Acoustic Report here.
The Foam is treated with Ultra Fresh protection to guard against dust mites, bacteria and fungi.
The Pool Pump Cover uses 3/8 inch steel hot-dipped in zinc creating a coated commercial forming steel with a spangled surface, which is then skinpassed to improve surface quality. The Pool Pump Cover uses only galvanized steel with a minimum 1/80 inch zinc coating, meeting and exceeding Australian and International standards for galvanized steel:
- AS/NZS 1365:1996 (R2016) AS 1397-2011 ISO 9001:2015 Quality System certified
Drilling through the panels
The galvabond steel panels may be ‘core drilled’ to accommodate pipework, electrical cabling etc. Please note, The Pool Pump Cover suggests that a (silicone) sealant is used to cover the core drill cut to reduce the likelihood of rust impacting the panel.
Side Access & Side-less
A side-less enclosure is useful/required when you do not have 1 inch of space down one side of the enclosure to fit the side panel. An example of that is when there are pipes or other equipment too close to a side wall which prevents you from sliding the side panel (of the enclosure). The design uses the same ‘wall brackets ‘which are used for ‘backless’ enclosures. A side-less enclosure adds 2 inches to the width and comes with a door stay in lieu of a gas strut. Please click here for pictures.
Side access is an enclosure that also has a removable door on one of the sides (in lieu of the normal side panel). This is particularly useful when there is confined access to the enclosure (eg: it is located at the side of the house on a narrow thoroughfare). Having a side access panel allows you access the enclosure from the side (rather than the front). Pls click here for pictures
Please also note, gas struts are not available on the side where side access is requested.