How to Install a Cover Valet
The Cover Valet cover lifter is our best selling hot tub cover lift, with these unique benefits.
- Requires only 6″ of clearance to hold spa cover
- Gas shocks assist with lifting your spa cover
- When lifted, your spa cover makes a privacy shield
The Cover Valet is also one of the more difficult spa cover lifts to install, because the brackets are held in place by bolts screwed into the spa cabinet. Other spa lifts either slide under the spa or install without measurements or drilling into the spa cabinet.
STEP ONE: TAKE INVENTORY OF ALL PARTS
A Cover Valet ships in a fairly small box (for FREE, I might add!). When you receive your Cover Valet, check the box contents before beginning the installation. Count all of the brackets, arms, pistons and each bit of hardware, to be sure that it’s all there. Although it very rarely happens, if anything is missing, call us right away, and we’ll have a replacement Cover Valet shipped out to you.
STEP TWO: PRE-ASSEMBLY OF COVER VALET PARTS
To get ready to install the Cover Valet, there are a few parts that need to be connected together. All of the parts are clearly labeled, with a very descriptive installation guide.
- Attach the Ball Studs (cvB) to the Channel Brackets (cvBB), with Lock Nuts (cvF). The round side of the Ball Stud should be on the inside of the Channel Bracket.
- Attach Ball Studs (cvB) to both Pivot Arms (cvCC) with Lock Nuts.
- Thread the Fingers (cvB) into the Extension Arms (cvDD). The other set of Fingers should be threaded in the opposite direction, to create a right and left side.
- Slide the Rubber Sleeves (cvG and cvH) over the Fingers and Stabilizer Bar (cvFF), respectively.
Now that the hardware is partially assembled, you can lay the spa cover on the spa, if you had it removed. We’re ready to start installation!
STEP THREE: MOUNT THE CHANNEL BRACKETS
The first step is to find the proper location for mounting the Channel Brackets. The end of the brackets should be 2 inches from the outer edge of the spa shell. Use a carpenter’s square or use two yard sticks to measure and find this location. Mark the spa cabinet with a pencil, and make sure the brackets, one on each side, are both flush against the spa shell, and running parallel to each other.
Pre-drilling pilot holes into the spa cabinet is recommended, to help prevent the wood from cracking or splitting when you drive in the lag bolts. Screw in the lag bolts flush to the cabinet, until they are completely tight.
STEP FOUR: ATTACH THE GAS SHOCKS
Having a locking gas shock is a great feature of the Cover Valet. Install the locking gas shock on the side of the cover you will most often be standing on when you close the spa cover. The other non-locking shock is installed on the opposite side.
Press the bottom of each shock into place by pushing it into the Ball Stud on the Channel Bracket. The other end will be attached at the very end of the Cover Valet installation.
STEP FIVE: ATTACH THE PIVOT ARMS
Connect the Pivot Arms (cvCC) to the Channel Brackets, using the Long Hex Bolts (cvC) and Lock Nuts. Insert the Hex Bolts pointing down, so that the Lock Nuts are on the outside of the Channel Brackets, and the Pivot Arms move up and down easily. Don’t overtighten the Lock Nuts, to allow for easy movement.
STEP SIX: ATTACH THE EXTENSION ARMS
Slide the seam of the spa cover between the Fingers, with the Extension Arms (cvDD) pointing towards the Pivot Arms (cvCC). The “end” Fingers should slide inside of the spa cover, while the “high” Fingers should be on top of the spa cover. Be sure that the “knuckle” of the Extension Arms should be facing up, as shown in the images below.
Align the Extension Arms, so they slide easily over the Pivot Arms. Slowly slide the Pivot Arms into the Extension Arms until the spa cover is centered over the spa.
STEP SEVEN: ATTACH THE STABILIZER BARS
Secure the Stabilizer Bars (cvFF) and the Extension Arms to the Pivot Arms, using the Medium Hex Bolts (cvE). Tighten only enough so that the Extension Arms will no longer slide in and out of the Pivot Arms and the Stabilizer Bar is – stable, and doesn’t move. Be careful not to overtighten the bolts.
STEP EIGHT: FINAL CONNECTIONS
Fold the spa cover onto itself (in half), and lift the cover into an upright position by pushing the Extension Arm until it reaches an upright position. While holding the cover upright, attach the top of the gas shocks to the Ball Studs on the Pivot Arm. Tie the elastic Ball Strap (cvJ) to the End Finger, on the same side that the Locking Gas Shock (cvLS) is used. The Elastic Ball Strap is useful to help lower the spa cover, instead of pulling on the cover straps.
Eight steps to installing the Cover Valet. It seems complicated, but no more difficult to assemble than other household helpers. It’s the best selling spa cover lifter that we offer, even though the installation is more involved than other cover lifts. In the end, a Cover Valet should take you only 30 minutes or so to install, and you may be surprised at how easy it is to operate, even for water logged spa covers!
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