6FT Hutch Cover Instructions
What's Included With You Cover:
The 6ft cover in a cover bag and 8 plastic cover screws
Items Needed To Fit The Cover:
Someone to help (recommended for the 1st fit)
Screwdriver or drill
Small hammer (optional)
3 to 5 extra screws (optional)
Fitting the 6ft cover
It is important that you follow these instructions closely otherwise, you may find it difficult to fit it for the first time.
The 6ft Hutch Cover is a tight fitting cover. It has been specifically designed like this for a reason.
But over time you'll find that the covers stretches a little and fitting it becomes quite straight forward especially after you have done it a few times.
Initially on unpacking the cover out of the bag you'll find it quite rigid. This is because the material and clear plastic we have used are quite thick and the cover has been folded like this for some time.
Unpacking The Cover
Take care when unpacking.
If you are fitting the cover in the cooler months of the year then we recommend that you use a hairdryer on a low to medium heat to help slightly expand the material and plastic to make it easier to work with.
(You could also use the heat from a radiator if you do not have a hairdryer to hand.)
When you take this extra step you'll find that the cover becomes much easier to handle, unfold from the bag and generally easier to fit too.
Carefully remove the ridge cap and the roofing panels of the hutch.
(Once you have fitted the cover you will not need to remove these panel each time you want to remove the cover.)
This is where having someone to help you will really make things much easier.
With the roof panels off, line up the middle of the hutch cover with the middle of the hutch. Please note that there is now just 1 eyelet in the middle and no middle zip.
Next pulling tightly from the top and bottom of the cover slowly and firmly wrap it around the hutch joining it to the Velcro at the back
Take a moment now to make sure that all the corners line up and that the cover is straight. You will probably need a few goes to get this right.
TIP: Having someone help you with the aligning of the cover and pulling it tight will make it much easier.
Fitting The Screws For The Eyelets:
There are multiple metal eyelets strategically located on the 6ft Cover. These are there mainly to help prevent the cover flapping forward.
You have a few options available to you. The easiest is simply to use a screw or two to hold up the cover.
TIP: Before fitting the screws you must make sure that your cover is lined up how you want it.
TIP: Make sure that you line up the screw with the middle of the eyelet and that when fitting the cover in the future that the position of the screws for the eyelets don't prevent you from pulling the cover around the hutch.
Alternatively, you can fit the special fittings that have been supplied. There are two parts to these fitting; the plastic tipped screw and metal part that goes into the woodwork.
The easiest way is to use a drill to create a pilot hole.
If you don't have a drill and suitable sized drill bit then you can use a screw and a screwdriver.
Simply screw and unscrew it a few times to start to make the pilot hole and then using the tip of the screwdriver create the hole.
Next, you will need to push the metal part of the fitting into the hole you have created and then using a hammer carefully tap it into place.
Important: Make sure you support the panel from behind when you are hammering.
You don't need to use excessive force. If the hole is big enough it will go in without too much effort.
Next, attach the plastic screw.
Manufacturers And Our Recommendations:
- In warm weather your hutch can get dangerously hot if the cover is left on. We recommend that you remove your cover during warm weather.
- We also recommend that you allow your cover and hutch to air
out regularly, especially after long periods of wet or damp
weather. Failure to do so can result in a build-up of mold and cause
the cover to degrade at a much faster pace.
- During periods of prolonged rain, the hutch cover will become saturated and the inside of the cover can become wet. To prolong the life and enhances the performance of your hutch cover especially during wet periods the manufacturer recommends Nikwax.
- Damage to your hutch cover caused by chewing is not covered under the manufacturer's guarantee. Please look at the important info on the Advice tab