Maintenance of your Duraflex Diving Board's Slip-Resistant Surface: The surface must be tested and found to be sufficiently "non-skid" WHILE THE SURFACE IS WET, by the Pool Manager, when the board is put into use, i.e. each season. The Pool Manager must instruct the Lifeguard to test the surface WHILE WET each day, at the start of his/her shift of duty.
The Pool Manager and Lifeguards are responsible for the pool users' safety; if the diving board is slippery, it must be taken out of service.
Causes of the board becoming slippery:
- Dirt and oil from swimmers and sunbathers.
- Excessive wear; or years of normal wear.
- Excessive alkalinity or excessive minerals in the water.
- Each day, hose off the board with fresh water. Do not use a power-wash hose.
- Monthly, scrub with detergent or chlorine, hot water & soft bristle brush.
- Muriatic acid may be used to remove algae or stains.
What to do about a worn-out surface on the board: Take the board out of service if it is slippery, and contact the factory for refinishing. The factory finish is a result of highly developed techniques. Slip-resistant materials are bonded to the aluminum with epoxy; one of these materials works to reduce surface tension of water so that water doesn't "stand high" on the board. NO OTHER REFINISHING METHOD IS SATISFACTORY.
Maintenance of the board's fulcrum contacts:
The rubber channels on the underside of the board must be inspected monthly for signs of wear. They must be replaced if worn before any of the metal ribs contact the fulcrum.
Maintenance of Durafirm Stands:
Hose off the entire stand with fresh water each day of use. For Indoor pools, hose off the stand with fresh water EVERY DAY, especially the 3M stand. The stand cools off at night, and warm humid air will condense on the stand and handrails, leaving a chlorine residue on the equipment.
Keep the fulcrum components clean, especially the tracks.
Keep the roller clamp lock nuts, and anti-rattle lock nuts, snug and adjusted for a "no-rattle" clearance.
The two grease fittings of the roller block should be lubricated every 2 weeks. Use "Mystic JT-6" grease and grease gun.
The hinges that hold the board to the stand need 2 drops of oil every 2 weeks. Use lightweight oil as for door hinges. The carriage bolts that attach the divingboard to the hinges should be checked for tightness periodically. The carriage bolt nuts need to maintain 110 lbs of torque.
Handrails: "304 stainless" is a good stainless steel for handrails in the swimming pool environment, but it is not rust-proof. Clean with stainless steel cleaner and a cloth if rust appears. Rinse with large amounts of fresh water (not pool water).
Tighten all unpainted bolts at the start of each season.
Tighten rail clamp bolts monthly. Maintain steps with the same procedure as the diving board.