Upgraded Below Ground Box Drive Ring

Due to recent feedback and product testing, we have upgraded the Below Ground Box Drive Ring. We now have V1 of the cast stainless steel drive ring (part #378).

We are still working on the geometry to make the stainless steel drive gear and ring smoother, however the parts are rock solid now. As always with Daisy, if you experience any issues with a product we will fix it, so please let us know if you need any parts.

With the cast stainless steel drive gear (part #360) and cast stainless steel drive ring (part #378) we have been unable to destructive test the units and so we at Daisy are extremely happy with the product. The Below Ground Boxes are so popular that we have made the units even more reliable and we are always working hard to lift capacity and holding stock of all sizes in the Sydney factory, enabling us to dispatch almost immediately.

Duplex SS Dribe ring and gear
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Duplex SS Dribe ring and gear
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New! Updated Castors on FM and LP Rollers

Daisy Pool Covers has recently updated the castors on the FM and LP Mobile Rollers. The castor wheels now use eurothane tyres to help keep the roller on the ground.

All new FM and LP Rollers are being supplied with the new and improved brake castor.

Note: The castor pin sizes are different, if you need to replace new castors (part #379) the pins (part #380) need to be changed as well.

FM and LP Roller Castors
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Breathable Pool Covers?

Breathable Pool Covers?

Recently, the industry has seen the introduction of a so-called “breathable pool cover”. At Daisy Pool Covers, we were intrigued by this new pool cover with holes punched in it and thought we would explain what they do and how they work. While many may think that “the latest product is usually the greatest”, we did our homework to discover what makes them different, or not so different to the market leading solar pool covers that Daisy have been producing since 1983.

Taking a close look at this new breed of pool cover, they are designed with holes punched though the cover. The covers benefits claim that when you allow your pool to breath, it results in a  cleaner, longer lasting pool and a healthier swimming environment. What the team at Daisy Pool Covers discovered was no matter what type of pool cover you purchase, there is absolutely no alternative to looking after your pool’s chemical balance and uncovering your pool water once in a while.

The key to longevity in your pool cover, surface and equipment is keeping your chemical balance consistent. If you keep your pool water balanced, as recommended by SPASA Australia, you will not reduce the lifespan of your equipment, pool surface or pool cover. Not only will it save you money in the long run (out of balance water can cause expensive damage to your pool), but your swimming experience will be so much better without your pool being unbalanced or dangerous to swim in.

The Daisy Day was designed to educate pool owners to remove their pool cover to let the pool breathe and test the pool water. This is to ensure pool owners are keeping an eye on their water balance, to make sure there isn’t an imbalance, causing damage to their cover or equipment down the track. The Daisy team works hard to actively promote best practice pool and pool cover usage to prolong the life of all pool surfaces, pool covers, equipment; giving customers the best swimming experience possible.


What does a breathable pool cover do?

A breathable pool cover is meant to release gases from the pool water into the air through tiny holes punched into the pool cover, whilst stopping evaporation of pool water. We’ve taken a look at the claims made by breathable pool covers and given our own opinion based on industry knowledge, research and testing out in the field.

A “breathing” pool cover won’t be able to correct an out of balance pool. Fibreglass resin suppliers, along with the swimming pool industry, know that without correct water balance you will get a myriad of problems from damaging the pool’s surface to shortening the life of pool equipment (covers, pool cleaners, pool toys – anything the water comes into contact with) as well as a potentially dangerous swimming environment.

Pool covers don’t cause incorrect water balance, and they cannot fix it either. Best practice is to use a pool shop that you trust to regularly check and maintain the water chemistry.

A misconception not widely known, is all pool covers are technically breathable. They are made of Polyethylene (PE) a material that by its chemical nature naturally allows a gas transmission rate for oxygen, carbon dioxide and other gasses including chlorinated gases. There been a huge amount of research completed by Sealed Air (the inventor of original bubble wrap and solar pool covers) that shows that PE pool covers do actually breathe. For a 500 micron pool cover, the oxygen transmission rate would be approximately 500cc/m2 per 24 hours at 23°C, meaning PE pool covers do naturally ‘breathe’.

Sealed Air (the Australian company that make Daisy Pool Covers raw materials on Daisy’s dies) invented the Bubble Wrap technology, and believe me, they know their stuff, especially when it comes to the ins and outs of “Moisture Vapour Transition Rate” (MVTR) and the “Oxygen Vapour Transition Rate” (OVTR). The origional bubble wrap was designed with a Nylon barrier layer to stop the air and other gasses moving through the material to avoid the packaging bubbles deflating during use. The pool cover formulation was redesigned to allow the pool cover material to naturally breath, without requiring additional holes.

Breathable pool covers still need to be removed regularly, like all other pool covers; they aren’t a set and forget option like they might appear. Pool owners will still need to remove their pool covers, no matter which one they buy, to ensure they are regularly testing their pool water and retain chemical balance in the pool.

The FAQ section from the breathable pool cover website states: 

It is not recommended that any solar blanket be left on a pool permanently. Aquavent is no different in this respect and should be removed for maintenance as per the Maintenance Guide.

Pool owners should be checking the following regularly:

  • Chlorine level
  • pH
  • Total Alkalinity
  • Calcium Hardness

 

Please click here for more information on swimming pool water balance.

 

Breathable Pool Cover Testing

Let’s look at the testing methods and results that have been conducted by Aquavent.

First Test

The testing done on the “breathable pool covers” included the following:

  1. 3 small tubs with no specified volume
  2. Added approximately 2.5mg/L of granular pool chlorine
  3. Measured chlorine levels over 7 days

Breathable Pool Covers? 2Results

  • 97% chlorine loss over 7 days with Aquavent pool cover
  • 96% chlorine loss in an open tub (no cover)
  • 62% chlorine loss with a Daisy cover
  • pH levels roughly the same
  • Water temperature is warmer with a Daisy pool cover (20.1 degrees) than with Aquavent (18.3 degrees) and no cover (17.8 degrees)

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Using an Aquavent “breathable pool cover” does not keep chemicals in the pool nor does it keep the water warm. They claim that a Daisy Pool Cover has a higher pool chlorine level, that adding a normal dose of chlorine each week will result in over-chlorination of the pool. This finding doesn’t take into account the fact the pool owner would be dosing their pool based on pool water testing. If the chlorine levels were adequate, no chlorine should be added. In fact, the testing indicates to the contrary. You will need to use more chemicals with an Aquavent cover than you do with a Daisy pool cover to properly maintain the pool water. AND, you will need to consume more power to maintain the water temperature

Second Test

The test was conducted similar to the first test, but the initial water chlorine level was 5mg/L.

Then each day, an additional 2.5mg/L was added. Because chlorine doesn’t escape as much with a Daisy cover, after 7 days the Daisy sample had 8.7mg/L of chlorine prior to the final dose, versus the Aquavent cover which had 3.1mg/L.

The average chlorine loss per day for Aquavent was 39% versus Daisy at 15% and no cover had 21% loss.

The odd result from this test is that Aquavent covers had a HIGHER loss of chlorine than if you had no pool cover at all!

The final test was water transmission for evaporation:

  • Daisy was 0.03g/h.m2 (grams per hour per square metre).
  • Aquavent was 0.26g/h.m2
  • No cover/open tub was 67g/h.m2

In essence, Aquavent has a water transmission rate (evaporation) is 8.66 times greater than Daisy.

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Overall findings from testing

  1. The so-called “breathable” pool cover testing indicates the Aquavent cover will maintain chemical levels lower than an uncovered pool. This just isn’t possible as it would mean you would go through MORE chlorine than with a completely uncovered pool.
  2. In the Aquavent testing, there is no allowance for testing water or adjusting the water balance. Some level of dosing will always be required in a well-managed pool. The testing regime undertaken is continually adding chemicals to the water without any rationale to test the water to see what dosing is required.
  3. The Aquavent FAQs state that they are no different to other solar pool covers and no pool cover should be left on permanently. They state that pool covers should be removed for pool maintenance for as per their Maintenance Guide.

The FAQs also warn, pool damage can still occur through poor pool maintenance.

Additional Testing 

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July 17th – Installation Day
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July 18th
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August 7th, no rain.
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August 15th, no rain.
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August 18th, no rain.

As you can see from the photos of the Aquavent pool cover, there is water sitting on top of the pool cover (over one month without rain, you can see from the day the cover was installed there is no water on top). The day after installation, water was pooling on top of the cover and then showing the same amount of water on top after 3 weeks and then 4 weeks.

This means:

  1. Evaporation rate for 100% where water sits on top of the cover as water is evaporating, then re-filling (supposedly seeping through the “breathing holes”).
  2. Insulation and heat saving are zero where the water is sitting on top of the cover. Heat transference is dissipated through the water surface. If there is a cover or membrane that has water on both sides, there is zero insulation. Traditional solar covers get some water on top of the cover during operation or rain but that either drains into the pool or evaporates quickly which will leave no water on top of the cover.

Water Ingress into the Bubble Hole

Simple testing of the Aquavent shows the vent hole sits in the water. When we put a sample piece of the cover material on the water the ‘vent and drain’ bubble was touching the water. This means (according to Aquavent themselves) that the vent hole touching the water would make the ‘venting’ of chlorine or any gas trapped in the pocked under the cover redundant.

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Holes sitting on the water

Water seeps through the cover and sits on top (see photo below). Water also can’t drain out of the bubble if the hole at the bottom is touching the water. You can see by the image below that the water can’t drain from the ‘vent and drain’ bubble as it is in the water. If the chlorine dissipates through the holes but water remains in the bubble, it’ll be untreated and may well turn green.

This simple test showed that after a relatively short period of time without being in the swimming pool environment water did enter the bubbles through the vent holes that they were supposed to drain out from

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This would also bring into question how heavy the cover will become with all the water that cannot drain out. The small sample was significantly heavier with the retained water. A traditional cover (without holes) will increase in weight by approximately 50% with water hanging on the outside of the bubbles as they are removed off the swimming pool. Pool covers with holes that retain water in the bubbles will dramatically increase the weight of the pool cover.

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Water on top of Aquavent cover exactly 4 weeks after installation with no rain.

With water being retained in these holes, a build-up of debris, dust and salts will occur over time, stopping any perceived benefit that these holes may have.

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Water in the pool cover bubbles

In conclusion, Daisy does not believe there is any net gain from having a pool cover with holes punched into it. Daisy, along with industry leaders, believe the breathable pool cover is like a square wheel, great to be new in the industry, but it just does not perform to the standard that Daisy Pool Covers sets for itself.

What’s Trending in Backyards

When style meets innovation

Gone are the days where pool covers and rollers only came in one colour and style option, and too bad if they didn’t suit your backyard!

For over 30 years, Daisy Pool Covers and Rollers have led the industry by constantly innovating with new, on-trend products that fit the bill for Aussie backyards.

With a focus on design and style, we’ve come a long way from the standard white roller and blue pool covers. Aussie families don’t have to compromise their stylish backyards if they want a pool cover or roller.  Today, Daisy has so many options in colour, style, and shape – you can essentially customise your roller and cover to your own back yard!

For example, Daisy’s recently released hot new stainless steel 316ST Rollers are designed to complement the modern pool setting of any backyard. Then of course there is the newly released Daisy Under Bench Roller. It is practical with its multiple uses – a seat and a roller – adding style poolside and is available in three modern colours in aluminium, wood-look finishes. Combined with a titanium blue or green pool cover and well, we’ve got style!

Daisy is constantly reinventing the wheel and looking at new styles and trends that will transform your backyard, lifestyle and the way your entertain.  Explore our website and keep coming back for something new – we love our Daisy but we’re biased!

Get a quote or talk to your local pool expert for more inspiration!

Daisy keeps prices to Daisy Experts down for another year

With the peak summer months approaching, we all want to increase sales … but not costs!

Daisy is on your side.

Working hard behind the scenes, our operations and supply teams had a clear focus despite cost increases – that is to hold our pricing to you for another year. We’ve done it!

At Daisy, we have committed to maintaining our current pricing level to all Daisy Experts, despite a number of factors that have put pressure on us, including increasing aluminium prices, increasing labour costs along with freight rises and many other ancillary costs.

Looking forward, always.

Innovation, efficiencies and service have always been our hallmark. We like to look forward with constant development and improvement to build the market share and volumes that in turn builds economies of scale into the business. This not only results in innovation but helps us to offset increased costs.

With the introduction and fantastic response of the new Under Bench Roller and the pre-cut pool cover service and dig template parts of the business having increased substantially, we have been able to generate the volume to be able hold the pricing for another year.

Thanks for the support. We are all looking forward to another a great season!

Daisy Under Bench Roller is a hot seller

What a launch!

Recently released, the new Daisy Under Bench Roller has been selling fast … in the middle of winter!

Set to be this summer’s hottest seller!

With summer just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to focus on a high selling and on trend product to max your sales. To help you sell more, here are some answers we have put together to some FAQs.

  1. Custom made: We custom make every Under Bench Roller to suit the pool. That’s right, order the UBR to the right pool measurements and we custom build the unit to suit.
  2. Two easy price points: For all 3 colour models, there is a price for a UBR to suit a pool width up to 2.8m and another price for over 2.85m and up to 6.0 meters wide.
  3. How to price: It’s simple! For example – if you have a 4.0m wide pool, the price is for the large size (up to 6.0m) but Daisy will make the UBR seat 4.5m long with a tube length 4.25m long. We are trying to make it as easy as possible for you to sell and for your customers to get exactly what they need
  4. C sections: The small size (up to 2.8m pool) has 1 centre C section while the large size has 2 centre C sections
  5. Height and weight: The UBR has a standard seating height 510mm and is 505mm wide
  6. The hand wheel can be mounted on either size
  7. It can be installed up to 1 meter away from the pool
  8. There are three colour combinations of leg and bench:
    • Clear Anodised seat bench with powder coated anodic colour frames and seat end caps
    • Light Oak wood look powder coated aluminium seat bench with powder coated black colour frames and seat end caps
    • Western Red Cedar wood look powder coated aluminium seat bench with powder coated black colour frames and seat end caps

      The winner! The Western Red Cedar has been the most popular since the release to date.

  9. No Over Cover is needed. The seating planks fully protect the pool cover from the sun
  10. The UBR is supplied fully drilled ready to assemble in a flat pack. Installation requires bolting the unit together and then to the ground. We supply the masonry drill bit and anchors to bolt it down
  11. Dispatch is normally within 4 working days, not the normal next working day. If there is a pool cover with the UBR all items will be dispatched together
  12. Want power – stand by! It’s in the pipeline with the timing tbc
  13. Retro fit? The UBR is custom made to the pool size and the tube needs to fit correctly between the frames, so unfortunately it can’t be retro fitted
  14. Demos are available at a cost recovery price. If you are interested contact your Daisy Area Manager

 

Thanks to those who have already sent through photos after installation. We use these photos and Facebook posts to promote the product and also your business, so please keep sending photos through or tag us @Daisy Pool Covers on your Facebook posts.

Goodbye Berlin and Venice & Hello Daisy Power!

Goodbye Berlin and Venice

After five years we say goodbye to the Berlin and Venice.

Whilst the high-end power rollers were great and were popular in its time, lower sales volumes had indicated that they’re less on trend. So always wanting to stock only the best selling products for you, we’re shifting our focus. Daisy will run out the last of the Berlin and Venice stock and will discontinue the lines when stocks run out.

Always backing our products, we will continue to support the product for many years to come.

And Hello Daisy Power!

On the other hand, the Daisy Power Roller is a phenomenally successful product. This power roller has grown from strength to strength since its introduction. With two remote controls, programmable roll function and disengage, the Daisy Power sales have been steadily growing to become a strong and reliable product for all our sales.

Check Out the Daisy Power Roller Now!

The Perfect Fit with Pre Cut and Dig Templates

If you have a pre-manufactured fibreglass style pool, Daisy can pre-cut the pool cover to size so you don’t have to.

 

Take the risk out of the equation. 

Daisy Dig Templates are useful in helping to accurately set out the pool location and mark out the dig on fibreglass pools.

Sales / Dig Templates are used to position the pool in the yard to get the sizing and positioning just right for your customer. It saves time and second guessing as your customer will be able to see the pool and what it will look like in its actual setting.

It’s a great sales tool as well as it guarantees a perfect fit for the pool cover – an easier sell!

 

What colour would you like?

Dig Templates are traditionally black in colour and made out of durable polyethylene (PE) material.  Because black is sometimes difficult to visualise as pool water, Daisy also has them in blue!

Find out more about the range. https://daisypoolcovers.com.au/new-dig-template-sales-tool-for-you/

Daisy Launches New Sand Filter Change Bags

Because you asked for them!

Listening to the industry has always been a hallmark of how we work at Daisy. It helps us drive innovation and deliver to you market leading and relevant products to help you sell more!

 

The problem: The sand filter blues…

We all know the problem the service tech’s have when they scoop or pump out the sand from the filter…what do they do with it after?

Some empty the sand on a tarp, the floor, or paving to let the water drain and then use buckets to move the sand to their vehicles to dispose of it.

Messy, painful and … there has to be a better way!

 

The solution: Daisy innovation

Over the last few months, we have been asked by a few pool shops to come up with an idea to address this issue. We used our strong and porous WinterKleen material as a base product to come up with the perfect free standing bag capable of holding the wet sand that comes out of the sand filter after a media change.

After a few trials and modifications we have done it! We created a bag that can take the weight of sand and be porous enough to allow the water to drain through.

The testing was a resounding success with orders already coming in strong.

 

The technology behind the quality – what you need to know.

The sand bags are made from the WinterKleen material so they let the water drain out, and are super strong.

Using Teflon sewing thread, the same that we use for the WinterKleen covers, we have a tried and tested material to ensure that you won’t have any issues on the quality of  the stitching.

For easy transport and added strength, we have designed in two 25mm polypropylene webbing handles that are sewn completely under the bag to support the weight.

The new Daisy sand bags are strong enough to hold 10-15 kgs – more weight than you can safely carry so don’t over fill the bags and hurt yourself!

We’ve also given a lot of thought on the design of the bag. The sturdy design is engineered to allow the bag to sit up on its own and maintain its shape for easy filling.  By folding over the sides (1/3 to ½ of the way down), it makes it even easier to stand up.

 

To order:

The sand bags are available now for only $18.50 + GST each. Freight for each order is $19.00.

Ask your Daisy Area Manager for more information:

Daisy proves itself as Australian’s best for over 12 years

A real life view from a client on the merits of a pool cover and Daisy was published in the Pool & Spa Review.

Gordon Halnan from North Shore of Sydney has had the same Daisy pool cover and roller since 2004. He shares his valuable experience of not only the benefits of a pool cover but the peace of mind in having a quality product that he could rely on for over 12 years.

“I could easily talk the leg off an iron pot – raving about the best pool decision I ever made – getting a Daisy pool cover!” said Gordon.

Gordon Halnan from North Shore of Sydney has had the same Daisy pool cover and roller since 2004. He shares his valuable experience of not only the benefits of a pool cover but the peace of mind in having a quality product that he could rely on for over 12 years.

“I could easily talk the leg off an iron pot – raving about the best pool decision I ever made – getting a Daisy pool cover!” said Gordon.

Evaporation was my reason

“Since November 2004 I have only put the hose into the pool once to top up the water level. Yes – once in 12 years – including the Sydney drought which was particularly bad from late 2006 to early 2008 (3 summers).”

Warmer water – unexpected benefit

“I threw out the roof top solar heating in 2006 – my gutters thank me for no more leaking salt water …”

What pool debris?

However, I’m not sure too many people can make this boast – my pool cleaner died last summer so my pool hadn’t seen a vacuum of any sort since before Easter. There were only two baskets of debris at the bottom of the pool – after six months! The pool cover did have a fair bit of rubbish on top – but it was no trouble to sweep off (and then scoop up) as I rolled up the blanket three weeks ago to get ready for summer.

Other benefits

I’m pretty sure I use less pool chemicals – sun kills chlorine and the need for pool stabiliser is also reduced because the blanket solves that problem.

Warranty

The last thing I will say is that I was very worried about spending money in 2004 and having to replace the blanket at some unknown point in the future. Given that my Daisy Pool Cover is 12 years old, I will happily tell anyone that Daisy’s guarantee is solid!”

The Daisy Guarantee

Daisy’s Managing Director, Derek Prince said “We constantly innovate with a focus on design and quality. Our products are manufactured for Australian conditions and it’s terrific to see a valued customer in Gordon getting exactly what he should be getting in a quality pool cover and roller.”

Gordon concludes, “Looking forward to another great summer of backyard swimming – brought to me by Daisy!”

This is a great testimonial that you can use to help you in the sale process. It was unsolicited and honest.

Read more testimonials, click to see the full Pool & Spa Review article.